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Software Engineering Online Test

The Software Engineer Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their understanding of core computer science concepts such as data structures, algorithms, databases, programming paradigms, and design patterns. The test also includes a coding question to evaluate problem-solving and hands-on programming ability.

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Test duration:  45 mins
Difficulty level:  Moderate
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Questions:
  • 5 Technical Aptitude MCQs
  • 5 Data Structures MCQs
  • 1 Coding Question
Covered skills:
Object-Oriented Programming
Database Design
Algorithms and Data Structures
Testing and Quality Assurance
Web Development
Software Security
Code Optimization
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The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Ability to design and implement object-oriented solutions
  • Proficiency in database design and normalization
  • Knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • Understanding of testing principles and quality assurance techniques
  • Experience in web development technologies and frameworks
  • Familiarity with software security principles and best practices
  • Ability to optimize code for performance and efficiency
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🧐 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

Hard

Graph Traversal and Data Storage
Graph Theory
Algorithm Analysis
Solve
Consider the following pseudo code implementing a specific graph traversal algorithm:
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What is the order in which the nodes are processed, and which data structure best represents the graph `G` for efficient traversal?

Medium

Implementing a Browser's Back Button
Stack
Data Handling
Solve
You are tasked with implementing the "Back" button functionality in a web browser. This feature allows users to return to previously visited web pages in the order they were viewed. The browser maintains a history of URLs in a data structure. Considering the nature of web browsing, where users can go back multiple steps and then navigate to a new page (at which point the future history should be cleared), which data structure and algorithm would best implement this functionality?
A: Use a heap, add the current URL when navigating to a new page, and remove the top element when the back button is used.
B: Use a queue, enqueue the current URL when navigating to a new page, and dequeue when the back button is used.
C: Use a single stack, push the current URL when navigating to a new page, and pop when the back button is used.
D: Use an array, add the current URL to the end when navigating to a new page, and remove the last URL when the back button is used.
E: Use a linked list, add the current URL to the head when navigating to a new page, and move backwards when the back button is used.
F: Use two stacks, push the current URL to the first stack when navigating to a new page, and use the second stack to store the pages when the back button is used.

Easy

Linked List Element Removal
Linked Lists
Element Removal
Solve
Consider a singly linked list where each node contains an integer value. Write a function `removeElement` that removes all occurrences of a specific value from the linked list. The function should return the head of the modified linked list.

Pseudo code:
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What will be the content of the linked list referred to by `result` after executing the above pseudo code?

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

Hard

Find the customer with the most spend 2
JOIN
GROUP BY
ORDER BY
Solve
Given details of customers, products, and sales, write a SQL query to find the customer with the highest spend. The customer with the highest spend is the one who has spent the most money on purchases. The query should return the full name of the customer and the total amount spent by the customer rounded off to the nearest integer.
full_name is the concatenation of first_name and last_name separated by a space. Eg:
first_name = 'Alice', last _name = 'Brown' => full_name = 'Alice Brown'
You can assume that there will always be non-empty first_name and non-empty last_name entries for all customers in the table.
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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

Hard

Graph Traversal and Data Storage
Graph Theory
Algorithm Analysis

3 mins

Data Structures
Solve

Medium

Implementing a Browser's Back Button
Stack
Data Handling

2 mins

Data Structures
Solve

Easy

Linked List Element Removal
Linked Lists
Element Removal

2 mins

Data Structures
Solve

Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues

30 mins

Coding
Solve

Hard

Find the customer with the most spend 2
JOIN
GROUP BY
ORDER BY

10 mins

SQL
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
Graph Traversal and Data Storage
Graph Theory
Algorithm Analysis
Data Structures
Hard3 mins
Solve
Implementing a Browser's Back Button
Stack
Data Handling
Data Structures
Medium2 mins
Solve
Linked List Element Removal
Linked Lists
Element Removal
Data Structures
Easy2 mins
Solve
Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Coding
Easy30 minsSolve
Find the customer with the most spend 2
JOIN
GROUP BY
ORDER BY
SQL
Hard10 minsSolve
Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Coding
Medium30 minsSolve

Test candidates on core Software Engineering Hiring Test topics

Object-Oriented Programming: Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm that organizes software design around the concept of objects, which can contain data and code. It promotes modular and reusable code, and allows for easier maintenance and modification of software systems. This skill should be measured in the test to assess a candidate's ability to design and implement efficient and scalable software solutions using OOP principles.

Database Design: Database Design involves designing the structure and organization of a database system. It includes defining tables, relationships, and constraints to efficiently store and retrieve data. This skill is crucial as it ensures data integrity, performance, and security in software applications that rely on databases for storing and managing information.

Algorithms and Data Structures: Algorithms and Data Structures are foundational concepts in computer science that deal with the design and analysis of efficient algorithms and data organization. Proficiency in this skill allows software engineers to create fast and reliable software systems by choosing appropriate algorithms and data structures that efficiently solve complex problems.

Testing and Quality Assurance: Testing and Quality Assurance (QA) is the process of evaluating software to ensure it meets the desired quality standards. It involves creating and executing test cases, identifying and fixing bugs, and validating software functionality. This skill is important to measure as it determines the reliability, stability, and user satisfaction of software applications.

Web Development: Web Development involves creating and maintaining websites and web applications. It includes front-end development, back-end development, and integration of various technologies to deliver a seamless and interactive user experience. This skill is necessary to assess as web development is a fundamental aspect of modern software engineering.

Software Security: Software Security encompasses measures taken to protect software systems from unauthorized access, data breaches, and other security threats. It involves implementing secure coding practices, encryption, and authentication mechanisms. This skill is essential as it ensures the safety and confidentiality of sensitive information in software applications.

Code Optimization: Code Optimization is the process of improving the efficiency and performance of software code. It involves analyzing and modifying code to reduce its execution time, memory usage, and resource consumption. This skill is important to measure as it demonstrates a candidate's ability to write highly optimized and scalable code, resulting in faster and more efficient software systems.

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  • Software Engineer (SWE)
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