C++ Test

C++ tests are designed to assess a programmer's knowledge and understanding of the C++ programming language.

  • What is a C++ test?

    C++ is a popular programming language that was first launched in 1985.

    For businesses that are looking for a programmer with proficiency in using C++, an assessment is needed when screening potential employees to be sure that the candidate has the skills, experience, and knowledge to use C++ and all its relevant features.

    The tests are structured to assess knowledge of memory management, classes, lambda expressions as well as experience using the standard library. Candidates must show good understanding in compiling algorithms, fault finding, and code management.

    The number of years a programmer has spent working with C++ matters as much as their problem-solving skills. Recruitment teams might not be the most technically proficient or understand much about various coding languages, so the C++ test and other skills tests are an excellent way for recruiters to get information about the level of knowledge a candidate has.

About the C++ Test

The C++ programming language is designed for system programming and embedded, resource-constrained software, with a focus on object-oriented, generic, and functional features.

Created by a C++ expert, the C++ test is designed to accurately assess the necessary skills for success in a developer position, with questions that highlight proficiency and demonstrate that a candidate is capable enough to be an asset to the organisation. Top candidates might also have related skills in C and C# programming.

Using the C++ Test, even recruiters who are not technically minded can see whether a candidate has the required skills and knowledge needed for the position.

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  • Why should you use a C++ test for recruiting?

    The C++ test is designed to be challenging enough to screen candidates who have applied for a programming or engineering role, so that recruiters only take forward the applicants who are experienced and skilful.

    These skills are difficult to assess in other ways. Although an applicant might put on their resume that they have six years of experience with C++, their level of proficiency might be unclear.

    The C++ test is simple to administer to a number of candidates as an early part of the pre-employment screening process, and provides easy to read and understand results. Skills tests like this are an unbiased way to consider candidates based on their skills and knowledge, not their demographics or any other irrelevant criteria.

    Using a C++ test would be suitable for the recruitment process of the following roles:

    • Software Engineer
    • Programming Developer
    • Web Developer
    • C++ Developer
    • Desktop Application Developer
    • Mobile Application Developer

    With so many features and an intricate standard library, C++ is always developing and programmers need to keep up-to-date with the latest standardised releases, as well as having an intimate knowledge of designing, building, and maintaining efficient algorithms and code, creating performance modules, identifying bugs and finding solutions, and performing string manipulations.

    The C++ test also ensures that the candidate has a good grasp of input/output facilities, aggregate types, time utilities, and other functions in the standard library.

Sample C++ Test question

Which of the following constructor functions is designed to copy objects from the same class type?

  • Copy

  • Dynamic

  • Create

  • Object

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Results for the C++ Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses C++ skills

In Picked's C++ test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions targeting an intermediate level of proficiency in the programming language. This includes demonstrating general knowledge about C++, such as interpreting modern code, working with engine code for game development, adding C++ code to an existing codebase within an application, as well as more challenging questions around debugging and extending existing C++ code.

The test is designed to indicate how well a candidate understands C++ based on a final test score, which can then be compared to the scores of other applicants.

The multiple-choice questions consist of one correct answer and two to four distractors. The distractors are mostly generic mistakes or misconceptions, which makes the test challenging and helps measure a candidate's proficiency more accurately.

During the development process, the test was rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was created and tested by programmers and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying C++ experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each programmer has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of C++ proficiency and feels the test is of high quality.

Our programming tests are monitored to ensure they are up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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Written by a C++ Test expert

Karsten Vermeulen has been teaching C++ to games programming students at two London universities for the past six years. Being a course leader at one of those universities, he has built the entire curriculum and created dozens of tests and exams for the course. While not teaching, Karsten spends the rest of his working week writing C++ code to build various applications for clients. Karsten has attained a BSc degree in both the Computer Science and Games Programming fields.

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FAQs

What is C++ used for?

C++ is used for web, desktop, and mobile application development, and is one of the most popular programming languages used in creating video games, including World of Warcraft.

It is also used in Enterprise software and to create code for advanced processing needs (like flight simulators).

How popular is C++?

C++ is still one of the most popular programming languages because it remains fast and lightweight in comparison to C. It is the fourth-most popular programming language in the world behind C, Java, and Python.

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