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The Computer Programmer Aptitude Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their ability to solve problems using logic, analytical thinking, and programming concepts. The test assesses candidates' understanding of topics such as algorithms, data structures, programming paradigms, syntax, and programming logic. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to analyze problems, identify patterns, and develop effective solutions using programming concepts, as well as their proficiency in using programming languages to write functional code regardless of the specific programming language or framework used.

Covered skills:

  • Programming fundamentals
  • Algorithm Basics
  • Coding
  • Data Structures
  • Technical aptitude

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Computer Programmers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Proficiency in programming fundamentals
  • Strong understanding of data structures
  • Knowledge in algorithm basics
  • Technical aptitude in problem-solving
  • Ability to write efficient and optimized code
  • Experience with debugging and troubleshooting
  • Capability to work with APIs and web services
  • Understanding of version control systems
  • Familiarity with software development lifecycle
  • Ability to analyze and optimize code performance
  • Proficiency in code documentation
  • Experience with unit testing and test-driven development
Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

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The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

Why we started Adaface
Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

How we design questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Computer Programmer Aptitude Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

Decryptor
Strings
Solve
What does the following pseudo code print?
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Hard

Fibonacci codes
Time Complexity
Pseudo Code
Solve
Here are three pseudocodes for calculating the Nth Fibonacci number. Which of the following statements about these codes are true?
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A: Time complexity/efficiency of CODE 1, CODE 2, CODE 3 is the same.
B: CODE 2 is more space-efficient than CODE 3.
C: CODE 3 is more space-efficient than CODE 2.
D: CODE 2 is more time-efficient than CODE 1.
E: CODE 3 is more time-efficient than CODE 1.

Hard

Palindrome Test cases
Strings
Solve
Go through the following faulty palindrome detection pseudocode and test cases. For which of the test cases would the code return true?
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Testcases
A: a
B: aba
C: aaa
D: aac

Medium

Rewards Activities Order
Database Connection
Solve
A new popular app tracks the activities performed by its users and grants them rewards based on each individual's total activities performed in a year. This data is maintained in a database table (activitesinfo), with the following columns: userid, totalactivities, reward. This year, due to fundraising activity, the company has decided to further reward its users by enhancing the reward as per the following formula: If reward < = 4000, increase it by 2%, If 4000 < reward <= 8000, increase it by 4%, If reward > 8000, increase it by 6%.
The tech team has written three different scripts to calculate increment for each slab, each script is to run as a separate transaction. Here are the three scripts:
Script 1:
For users with reward <= 4000, set reward = reward * 1.02

Script 2:
For users with reward > 4000 and reward <= 8000, set reward = reward * 1.04

Script 3:
For users with reward > 8000, set reward = reward * 1.06
Each script is to be executed separately. Which of the following options will update the rewards as expected:
A: Execute Script 1 followed by Script 2 followed by Script 3
B: Execute Script 2 followed by Script 3; Script 1 running concurrently throughout
C: Execute Script 3 followed by Script 2; Script 1 running concurrently throughout
D: Execute Script 3 followed by Script 2 followed by Script 1
E: Execute Script 2 followed by Script 3 followed by Script 1

Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Solve
We want to register students for the next semester. All students have a receipt which shows the amount pending for the previous semester. A positive amount (or zero) represents that the student has paid extra fees, and a negative amount represents that they have pending fees to be paid. The students are in a queue for the registration. We want to arrange the students in a way such that the students who have a positive amount on the receipt get registered first as compared to the students who have a negative amount. We are given a queue in the form of an array containing the pending amount.
For example, if the initial queue is [20, 70, -40, 30, -10], then the final queue will be [20, 70, 30, -40, -10]. Note that the sequence of students should not be changed while arranging them unless required to meet the condition.
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Note:
- The first line of the input is the length of the array. The second line contains all the elements of the array.
- The input is already parsed into an array of "strings" and passed to a function. You will need to convert string to integer/number type inside the function.
- You need to "print" the final result (not return it) to pass the test cases.

For the example discussed above, the input will be:
5
20 70 -40 30 -10

Your code needs to print the following to the standard output:
20 70 30 -40 -10

Medium

Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Solve
A manager hires a staff member to keep a record of the number of men, women, and children visiting the museum daily. The staff will note W if any women visit, M for men, and C for children. You need to write code that takes the string that represents the visits and prints the count of men, woman and children. The sequencing should be in decreasing order. 
Example:

Input:
WWMMWWCCC

Expected Output: 
4W3C2M

Explanation: 
‘W’ has the highest count, then ‘C’, then ‘M’. 
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Note:
- The input is already parsed and passed to a function.
- You need to "print" the final result (not return it) to pass the test cases.
- If the input is- “MMW”, then the expected output is "2M1W" since there is no ‘C’.
- If any of them have the same count, the output should follow this order - M, W, C.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Decryptor
Strings

2 mins

Technical Aptitude
Solve

Hard

Fibonacci codes
Time Complexity
Pseudo Code

2 mins

Technical Aptitude
Solve

Hard

Palindrome Test cases
Strings

2 mins

Technical Aptitude
Solve

Medium

Rewards Activities Order
Database Connection

3 mins

Technical Aptitude
Solve

Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues

30 mins

Coding
Solve

Medium

Visitors Count
Strings
Logic

30 mins

Coding
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Decryptor
Strings
Technical Aptitude
Medium2 mins
Solve
Fibonacci codes
Time Complexity
Pseudo Code
Technical Aptitude
Hard2 mins
Solve
Palindrome Test cases
Strings
Technical Aptitude
Hard2 mins
Solve
Rewards Activities Order
Database Connection
Technical Aptitude
Medium3 mins
Solve
Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Coding
Easy30 minsSolve
Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Coding
Medium30 minsSolve
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries
Brandon

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!


Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Computer Programmer Aptitude Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Science behind Adaface tests
Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Computer Programmer Aptitude Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Test?

The Computer Programmer Aptitude Test makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Programming fundamentals
  • Data Structures
  • Algorithm Basics
  • Technical aptitude
  • Coding
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Knowledge of programming languages
  • Debugging and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to write efficient code
  • Understanding of object-oriented programming principles

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Test?

  • Programming Fundamentals

    Programming fundamentals encompass the basic concepts and principles of writing and organizing code. This includes understanding variables, data types, operators, control structures, loops, functions, and debugging techniques. Measuring this skill in the test ensures that the candidate has a solid foundation in programming and can apply these concepts effectively.

  • Data Structures

    Data structures refer to the ways in which data is organized, stored, and accessed in a computer program. This includes arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Evaluating this skill in the test helps assess the candidate's ability to choose and implement appropriate data structures to optimize program efficiency and solve complex problems.

  • Algorithm Basics

    Algorithm basics involve understanding the step-by-step procedures for solving computational problems. This includes knowledge of algorithms for searching, sorting, and manipulating data. Assessing this skill in the test allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to design efficient algorithms and analyze their time and space complexities.

  • Technical Aptitude

    Technical aptitude refers to a candidate's overall technical knowledge and competence in various programming languages, tools, and technologies. This includes familiarity with different programming paradigms, IDEs, version control systems, and debugging tools. Measuring this skill in the test helps gauge a candidate's ability to adapt to new technologies and stay updated in the rapidly changing field of computer programming.

  • Coding

    Coding involves the practical application of programming concepts and skills to solve coding problems. This includes writing clean, efficient, and maintainable code using the appropriate syntax, language-specific features, and programming best practices. Evaluating this skill in the test ensures that the candidate can translate their understanding of programming into practical implementation to deliver high-quality software solutions.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for Computer Programmer Aptitude Test to be based on.

    Variables
    Loops
    Conditional statements
    Functions
    Arrays
    Strings
    Objects
    Pointers
    Linked lists
    Stacks
    Queues
    Trees
    Graphs
    Sorting algorithms
    Searching algorithms
    Recursion
    Dynamic programming
    Big O notation
    Hash tables
    Memory management
    Exception handling
    Concurrency
    Networking
    Security
    Database concepts
    API integration
    RESTful web services
    Git workflow
    Unit testing
    Software development methodologies
    Agile development
    Code optimization
    Debugging techniques
    Code profiling
    Code documentation
    Algorithm analysis
    Regular expressions
    File handling
    Data parsing
    Error handling
    Performance tuning
    Code refactoring
    Memory optimization
    Code versioning
    Test-driven development
    Code review
    Code modularity
    Design patterns

What roles can I use the Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Test for?

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Junior Developer
  • Database Developer
  • Mobile App Developer

How is the Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Experience with version control systems
  • Skills in software development lifecycle
  • Experience with integrating third-party APIs
  • Optimization and performance tuning
  • Ability to work with databases
  • Knowledge of web development frameworks
  • Understanding of network protocols and security
  • Ability to work with data manipulation and analysis
  • Experience with automated testing and debugging
  • Understanding of software design patterns
  • Proficiency in software documentation

The coding question for experienced candidates will be of a higher difficulty level to evaluate more hands-on experience.

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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.


85%
reduction in screening time

Computer Programmer Coding Aptitude Hiring Test FAQs

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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