|Topics Covered in the Test|
|The COBOL Programming Skills Test (Hands-on programming skills) has been specifically designed to enable employers and recruiters to identify potential hires by evaluating working skills and job readiness. For this reason, emphasis is laid upon evaluating the knowledge of applied skills gained through real work experience, rather than theoretical knowledge.|
- Loop Control
- String Handling
- Files & I/O
|Format of the Test|
|This test consists of a random set of 10 multiple choice questions of varying difficulty covering the entire range of topics for the subject. Each question has between 2 and 8 options out of which one or more may be correct. The test is to be completed in 85 minutes.|
|Scoring and Assessment Report Format|
|The test is scored on a 10 point scale. The passing grade for this test is 5.|
After a candidate completes the test, you will receive a comprehensive assessment report that will give you a clear picture of the candidate's knowledge and competence. The report consists of the following five sections:
See a sample score report
- Overall Score - This score helps you make a hiring decision based on the candidate’s overall performance on the test. The score is calculated on a 10-point scale ranging from 0 to 10.
- Subject Analysis - This section helps you identify gaps in the candidate's knowledge by analyzing his/her performance on each topic covered in the test. This score is also calculated on a 10-point scale ranging from 0 to 10.
- Subject Coverage - This section gives an overall view of the breadth of knowledge of the candidate to help you judge if the candidate has sufficient all round knowledge to deliver on the job.
- Percentile Analysis - This section gives you an indication of how the candidate's performance matches up with that of the other people who have taken the same test before.
- Accuracy vs Speed analysis - This section helps you know whether the candidate is suited for time critical assignments. The score obtained here reflects the candidate’s speed in relation to reading, comprehending and processing the information, and answering the questions correctly in the test.
|Social and Legal Considerations in administering tests for employment|
|Laws in many countries such as the US govern how and which type of tests can be used for employment testing purposes. ExpertRating understands the importance of such compliance and ensures that the tests are not positively or negatively biased towards any religion, race, gender, or socio-cultural or ethnic group.|
|Test Reliability for employers|
|The ability of a test to give consistent results is known as its reliability. Ensuring high test reliability is an integral component of the test development process and leads to test scores which are consistent and accurate. The reliability of ExpertRating tests is confirmed through a variety of measures including the Test-Retest Reliability Method, which refers to how well results from one testing session relate to results from another session by the same person at a different point in time.|
|Validity refers to the degree to which evidence and theory support the interpretations of test scores entailed by proposed uses of tests. In simple terms, if the test properly measures the skills or traits that it is intended to, it is considered to be valid. ExpertRating conducts in-house as well as third party validity studies to confirm the validity of tests. ExpertRating tests checked for Content Validity, Criterion-related Validity and Construct Validity. |