CSPA is a San Francisco-based company that has created a test for software engineers which can be a measure of career readiness, fundamental technical abilities, applicable real-life skills.The test is vetted for by the Technical Steering Committee (TSC).
Topics that are covered on the assessment include algorithms, data structures, and programming (CORE), front-end and back-end development, operating systems, networks, and tools, systems design, architecture, and infrastructure (ARCH), databases and storage systems (DB), and security.There are two types of assessments: normative and qualitative. The normative assessment ranks test-takers against each other and the qualitative one can test to indicate if the candidate is well-prepared for a specific role.
Job candidates can utilize CSPA for various purposes. Most careers in the field of software engineering require technical interviews and when a candidate has their CSPA results, they can avoid doing repetitive technical interviews. Candidates with exceptionally high scores could benefit from having companies and recruiters contacting them, which would decrease the amount of time looking through job advertisements.
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