If you have a coding assessment coming soon, it’s natural to feel a little nervous. No matter what your reason for taking the assessment (like applying for a new job or completing Bootcamp), there may be a lot at stake for you! That’s why we’ve prepared this checklist so you can review it before you sit down to access the assessment. Knowing that you have these items covered will help you feel safe and ready.
- Do you know in which language you will be coding? Are you a Java, Python or C ++ person? Because many platforms allow you to encode in the language of your choice, you need to choose the language you are most comfortable with, keeping in mind that you may be able to write code faster in a less verbal language. And do not forget to refresh the syntax and standard library functions so that you do not have to spend time searching for things on the go.
- Do you have quick access to documentation and other helpful resources? Speaking of searching for things, did you know that most platforms (including CodeSignal) allow you to access the Internet during evaluation? There is no downside to preparing as you would for an open comments test. So pull out any information you might want to address and make sure everything is organized in an orderly fashion.
- Do you have a time management strategy? Since most evaluations are scheduled, you may want to move on if you find yourself investing too much time in one part. CodeSignal’s GCA, for example, has four tasks to complete in 70 minutes. Also keep in mind that the tasks may be at different difficulty levels. Therefore, it may make sense to return to a difficult question later after solving the others first.
- Have you eliminated all distractions? You want to be in the area during your assessment and experience this coding flow mode. It’s a good idea to close apps and foreign windows, mute your alerts and let family members not bother you. Also, this may seem obvious, but low battery life has a way of creeping up on us in the worst of times – so make sure your computer is plugged in!
- Did you sleep well? Unsurprisingly, Studies have shown That more than seven hours of sleep is associated with better performance of up to 10% in tests. You probably have some flexibility as to when you can take the assessment. Use it to your advantage, and choose a time when you feel comfortable and alert.
- Are you doing anything to celebrate? You put a lot of hard work into it! We are waiting for you. Do something to relax and reward yourself when the assessment is done.
Good luck, and remember that when evaluating the overall CodeSignal code, you’re not locked into your score forever – you can take the test again later if you did not do your best.