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Are there any good standardized tests for rating knowledge and abilities of developers? Does it make sense for managers to give these tests? I don't mean just for hiring, but for evaluating periodically.

The Real PC
Monday, May 10, 2004

Personally, if I was told that I was going to be tested annually/quarterly/whatever to prove that I still knew what I needed to know, I'd be looking for a new job that very same minute.

Can't you gleam the same knowledge of you coders' abilities from the code they are writing?

Greg Hurlman
Monday, May 10, 2004

Most programming jobs I'm aware of involve relatively little actual coding.

But Greg is right, if the manager (or PHB) doesn't have enough of a clue to know his/her own staff's abilities, it's time to get a new job.

Tom H
Monday, May 10, 2004

Keane Consulting uses such tests for pre-hire assessment. If they want you as a code monkey, they sit you down at a computer that quizes you on ansi-C syntax or C++ or whatever it is they need you for. I've never worked for them myself, but I have seen their tests.

old_timer
Monday, May 10, 2004

What about to assess competence with technologies a programmer hasn't previously used in his/her current role? Say you've been learning a new programming language outside of work, and all of a sudden your employer needs someone skilled with that language.

Derek
Monday, May 10, 2004

A pre-hire test makes more sense, since you don't have any hard evidence of the prospect's abilities.  In fact, I haven't had an interview in a couple years where some sort of technical pre-screen didn't take place.

Greg Hurlman
Monday, May 10, 2004

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