Demystifying our online entry exam

Manchester Codes
Aug 21 · 3 min read

We ask all of our applicants to go over 15–20 hours of learning materials and to complete an online exam before they join the course. One of our key principles as an organisation is to ensure we are fair, and therefore we ask applicants to go through this process so that when we accept them onto the course, we do so in the full knowledge that they actually have the time free (we recommend a 20–25 hour commitment per week for the course), motivation and competence to complete the course, but also that we ensure they are employable after the course ends. Note that we are aiming very much towards a beginner level — we don’t expect you to have done any coding before prior to starting this process.

What are the learning materials I need to cover before the exam?

We ask all applicants to complete chapters 1 to 7 (only the free sections are necessary) of Codecademy’s Introduction to JavaScript course. This should take no more than 15–20 hours. As a bootcamp graduate myself, I would personally recommend a couple of hours a day in the week along with a Saturday in the library to get through the bulk of this! It’s worth it, I promise!

Is your whole course Codecademy?

No. We develop all materials for the course in-house, through our own custom built learning platform. Our curriculum has been revised and improved with each cohort that has entered our doors since we commenced in 2017.

What format is the exam?

The exam doesn’t have a time limit. We suggest 30 minutes but appreciate for some people this may take longer, and if you have other commitments then we appreciate distractions are likely, so it definitely doesn’t matter if you go over 30 minutes.

The first question on the exam

There are 6 questions in total that we ask you to answer. Nothing is designed to trick you, you don’ t need prior coding knowledge, and you don’t need to use resources other than Codecademy (but you can of course use other resources to go over concepts if that makes it easier). The questions are based purely on the Codecademy material, so everything we ask you should know, and if you don’t then that is absolutely fine but we do ask that you at least show the approach you would take (and we will still give you marks for this).

The answer you give to each question will be in code — each question has a code editor underneath where you can provide a solution and test it works prior to moving onto the next step:

We provide hints along the way to make things easier
You type your code into the editor, and when you click RUN CODE you will receive the output from running that code. Just in case you haven’t noticed already, this is the answer to question 1, so you’re 1/6 of the way there just from reading this blog post!

How is the exam marked?

The main reason we brought in the entry exam was to remove any bias from Manchester Codes employees in onboarding students. Therefore, each question in the exam is marked with a score from 0 to 3 — the total exam mark is the percentage of your mark against the highest possible mark (18).

I still have questions and/or concerns

No worries! Drop us an email at team@mcr.codes. We’re always happy to help.


This is a guest post from Joe Stephens — Founder of Manchester Codes, who you can reach directly via email: joe@mcr.codes.

Our next course commences 10th September, and has an application deadline of 3rd September (please put your application in or contact us ASAP). Flexible payment is possible, and you can apply here.

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Manchester’s Part-Time Coding School. Find us at https://www.manchestercodes.com/

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