Computer Programmer Aptitude Battery Test (CPAB)

This is a discussion on Computer Programmer Aptitude Battery Test (CPAB) within the General Discussions forums, part of the Community Boards category; Originally Posted by @nthony Originally Posted by scotty101 View Post And yes, the Battery part does seem a bit odd... ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by @nthony View Post
    Originally Posted by scotty101 View Post
    And yes, the Battery part does seem a bit odd...

    Perhaps they try to bombard you with numerous problems you must respond to at once, hence the "battery". This way not only will the *amount* of problems you solve be indicative, but also the way in which you choose which to solve when, i.e. prioritization... just a guess though.
    Or maybe they batter you with a stick while you try and answer the questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    Or everyone will be able to learn any skill "matrix style" just by plugging their borg implant directly into the net. Unless they're already WiFi connected, in which case it will appear like magic.
    The future's gonna be awesome.

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    >The future's gonna be awesome.
    Until SkyNet attacks

    I'd also bet a lot of people here would be out of a job, what's the use for programmers when computers will have AI that could do everything. Boycott the AI programmers I say, while you still can!

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    You just integrate your consciousness into the network, problem solved.

    Watch Ghost in the Shell dude.

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    Do it yourself borg kit - some self assimilation required.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    > Studying for tests is out these days? I had no idea.
    Yes, didn't you know? The new technique is to play dumb and broadcast to the internet

    I took the OP's meaning to be "do you have specific questions known to be on that test and what are the answers". No actual knowledge required, just a good associative memory for questions and answers.

    No, I was only looking for study materials. Not looking for "Braindumps" like people get for the CCNA and MCP tests.

    I believe I am a "Master Googler" but have not come up with much.

    Where are these "Homework questions" on this board? Pardon my ignorance, just not familiar with it yet.

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    Homework questions are frequent on the forum, where someone posts a task designed to teach programming, and more less expects the forum to supply all the code (without major bugs) to the original poster, thus avoiding the thinking/learning required to produce the code in the first place.

    Most of them do not appreciate that we are actually trying to help them by NOT answering with a complete direct answer to their request.

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    I don't know, my college programming homework assignments were pretty simple. Why not check out ACM's programming competition samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo0086 View Post
    I don't know, my college programming homework assignments were pretty simple. Why not check out ACM's programming competition samples.

    Thanks, I'll do that.

    The ironic thing is, I'm not a programmer. I'm a network guy with a degree in Marketing. Hence, should be a BUSINESS Systems Analyst, not Systems Analyst. I had one Java class in college. I only have to take this test because of the title they are giving me - hence why I'm freaking out a bit.

    I'll check out the ACM stuff...

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    Well, if you're not a programmer, scratch the ACM, they are algorithmical "competition" programs that would require a pretty extensive degree of understanding in programming and that sort of thing.

    I mean, you shouldn't be taking the test, let a programmer take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo0086 View Post
    Well, if you're not a programmer, scratch the ACM, they are algorithmical "competition" programs that would require a pretty extensive degree of understanding in programming and that sort of thing.

    I mean, you shouldn't be taking the test, let a programmer take it.
    They keep telling me I should have no problem with this with my education and experience, but from what I'm hearing, that's not true. For instance, what does having a Marketing Degree and 7 IT certs have to do with a PROGRAMMING test?

    Nothing.

    Ahhhhh

    Thanks for the help guys. I appreciate venting if nothing else.

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    A quick search in google seems to indicate that this test doesn't actually test your current ability to program, but rather your aptitude to learn programming. I may have it wrong, but that is what it seems to me. Of course, the ability to learn something and the ability to do something are quite different.

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    Are you entirely sure you're applying for the right job?

    Because from your most recent admission, you've never done any C or C++, and only a smattering of Java. If this job in any way involves you getting your hands dirty in the code, you will be hopelessly lost.

    Unless you're looking to retrain as a programmer and they're willing to take you all the way from "noob" status.

    ISTR these aptitude tests have little to do with actual programming, and more along the lines of
    "What's the next number in this series"
    "1 3 5 7 9 x"
    Then some multiple choice answer.

    Then some tougher questions towards the end.

    Some of the tests are designed not to be finished unless you're a real wizard, just so that they can get a nice profile across the board.

    Based on
    a) how many you attempted
    b) how many you got right
    they'll figure out if you've got "the right stuff" for becoming a programmer.

    Accumulating a few sample C or C++ programs between now and the test isn't going to help you IMO. Just show up with what you know, and take your shot.
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    Has anyone taken the...

    Has anyone ever had to take the Computer Aptitude Test by ExpertRating.com or the CPAB Test via CreativeOrgDesign.com?

    I have some sample questions from them, is it OK to post in the HOMEWORK section of the site or post them here?

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    Sure, post a couple of questions and your answers, then we'll tell you whether you're on the right track.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
    If at first you don't succeed, try writing your phone number on the exam paper.
    I support http://www.ukip.org/ as the first necessary step to a free Europe.

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