"Its better move for freelancers, specially [sic] for new ones"
That is totally backwards. How do you prove your capabilities as a new freelancer with no feedback? Try explaining that.
I am glad to see Upwork evaluating the effectiveness of skills tests. It's way more common for companies to implement a skills test and assume that that test is inherantly fair and great- and that it should be used to make all decisions without giving it another thought.
Kudos to UpWork. Although I did see the potential for skills tests to be a way for freelancers to get started on the platform after they've first signed up and are waiting for someone to take a chance on them.
Perhaps there is a way to revamp skills testing to provide some insight on the possible proficiency for new freelancers so they can get their first gig.
I spent a lot of time doing the tests to show my skills and I was satisfied of my results, believing that this would help me in finding freelance jobs. Here I just found one job and it was for my language skills not for my main role of graphic and video designer. However I don't agree with this decision, tests were not mandatory but why hidding the ones people took? I think now here I have less possibilities than before, I think this is against meritocracy and will favor professionals who work for less money.
sarcastic thank you