Qualified provides an online application for taking automated technical assessments. Each assessment can contain one or more code challenges and Q & A quizzes.
The code challenges use real-world coding problems to test developers' abilities, which are executed and run against a suite of test cases in a virtual machine.
The assessment is broken up into 3 main parts:
- Logging in or creating a new account
- Taking one or more challenges
- Submitting your assessment solutions
1. Login Screen
Here you can learn a little about the assessment, then create a new account or log in if you are a returning test participant.
You can sign up using an email and password.
If you are new to Qualified, use the blue box to try the practice assessment. This will give you a chance to run through the entire assessment process without taking any time away from the full assessment assigned to you.
You can also try the practice assessment right now.
There are two types of assessment timers that you may see while taking your assessment: the time limit or the estimated time.
The Estimated Time will not cut you off at any point. It is there for your reference so you know how long you've been taking the assessment for.
You can toggle the display of the timer at any point by clicking it to see how much time you've spent.
The Time Limit is a specific amount of time designated by the team to take the assessment.
The timer will begin after you have selected the language for the first challenge and click "start" and will not end until you have submitted your assessment or you have run out of time.
Throughout the assessment the timer will continue to count down. You can choose to toggle it's display to see how much time you have left or not.
If you run out of time, the assessment will be automatically submitted for you.
Some assessments may include quizzes. Quizzes are simple question-and-answer tests, usually a mix of selectable answers and text inputs.
Once you've answered all the questions, use the button at the to move on to the next step in the assessment.
Challenges are designed to challenge you, while not making you spend a lot of time. When you first start a challenge, you will be given the opportunity to look over the challenge's basic information before starting to solve it.
- Challenges will come with Instructions (in the upper-right section), which will explain the challenge's goals.
- You will enter your Solution in the upper-left section.
- You can edit the test cases in the Sample Tests (Modifiable) section (lower right or beside the solution tab, depending on your screen size and IDE layout).
- If you would like to explain your methods outside the code, you can use the Your Notes section next to the instructions to add detailed notes in full markdown.
After you've successfully completed a challenge, you can quickly move on to the next challenge by clicking the NEXT CHALLENGE button. If this is the last challenge, the button will switch to REVIEW ASSESSMENT, taking you to the final step.
3. Submitting Your Assessment Solutions
Once you've completed the challenges, you can review your assessment solutions, and submit it. You will also be given a chance to provide feedback on the assessment and assessment process.
Submitting the solutions is a final step. Once submitted, you cannot go back and make changes to your code or quiz answers, unless the company providing the assessment resets your submission for you.
On the review screen, click the expanding arrow to review your solution & test cases, and add or edit any additional notes about each solution.
Candidate or Student Account
Once you complete your assessment, you can head over to your account to manage your account settings and view your previous assessments.