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2. Brainbench Certification Notes
Брейнбенч - is the most known paid system of online evaluation of expertise in different areas of science and technic. From time to time BB gives the possibility to pass some tests free (advertisement promo compains, sponsorship, etc.). Language of tests - English. Most of tests are devoted to information technologies. Typical test consist of 40 questions 3 minutes long = 2 hours. If there are more than 31 true answers out of 40 (80%), the certification gets MASTER level.
My results: http://www.brainbench.com/transcript.jsp?pid=5829617 .
Lot of different specialits are in eternal sacrid war over the question, is Brainbench precise tool of expertise evaluation, or it is pure quackery. In the most cases, a person is distributed to quarreling camp in the following way: if a man is able to pass BB decently and understand the value of theoretical knowledge, he is in the camp of BB advocates; if a man although extremely experienced but gets low marks from BB, its natural, that dislike is mutual :)
I do respect BB, but do not consider BB certificate absolutely true and precisely reflecting the experience and expertise of a specialist. But BB is very good for initial (approximate) evaluation of specialist level. I have experience of applying BB effectively for initial filtration of candidates to fill developer position (the key word here - initial).
About C++ certification
The test is rather complex. How to be prepared - see well known 385 list (in Russian):
Experience with C++ Certification
There are some questions in BB C++ test, which require knowledge of very rare and specific details of C++, usually these are the questions where score points are lost. Some of wicked questions:
Question about IO library
Question about namespaces
Question about reference and pointer casting
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