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[nycphp-talk] W3 Schools?

Ben Sgro ben at projectskyline.com
Sat Apr 11 20:32:28 EDT 2009


Hello,

Typically, I've seen this website used by large corporations to sift 
through candidates - I've had HR or a HH
require a test from this website be taken to progress to the next stage 
of the interview. I always felt it was
a bit *silly* - The type of organization that includes this as part of 
their metrics is typically NOT the
type of place I want to work.

A search of PHP from brainbench returned:
CGI Scripting    Available    Plan    Learn    Test    $49.95
MySQL 3.23 Administration    Available    Plan    Learn    Test    $49.95
PHP 4    Available    Plan    Learn    Test    $49.95
PHP 5    Available    Plan    Learn    Test    $49.95

Personally, I'd focus on a Zend test, or a college course. I obviously 
cannot comment on the quality of this test since
I dont know if its the same as the ones I've taken or not.

Both sites look similar:
http://www.brainbench.com/xml/bb/common/testcenter/taketest.xml?testId=2523
http://www.w3schools.com/cert/cert_php.asp


Anyways, to the point, if your looking for a job at one of the companies 
that may employ this test,
great - that might look good for you.

I don't think it can hurt you - good luck w/whatever you decide to do! 
It always a good idea to be
sharpening your skill set.

- Ben

Michele Waldman wrote:
> Found it.
>
> This was a website that I was told was being recognized by some employers as
> verifying experience.
>
> I don't know how much stock I'd put in it though.
>
> http://www.brainbench.com/
>
> Michele
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org [mailto:talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org] On
> Behalf Of Michele Waldman
> Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 7:41 PM
> To: 'NYPHP Talk'
> Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] W3 Schools?
>
> What always got me in the door was a Computer Science degree from
> UC-Berkeley.
>
> That seemed to help.  As an employer, I'd be looking for a combination of
> education and number of years of direct experience.  Five years is
> considered an even exchange for an education by some employers.
>
> There was a different website and no one I either met or heard about had
> used their test results as a way to document their knowledge.  I may have
> heard this from a headhunter.  From what I understood, it actually worked.
>
> As an employer, I would put much stock in it.
>
> But, if I can remember the website, I'll forward the link.
>
> Michele
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org [mailto:talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org] On
> Behalf Of Leam Hall
> Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 4:49 PM
> To: NYPHP Talk
> Subject: [nycphp-talk] W3 Schools?
>
> Anyone have any experience with the W3 Schools tutorials and 
> Certification? The site has a lot of tutorials and look decently well 
> written. Testing for a cert is $75, and I'm not sure if it's going to 
> affect any hiring decisions but it does let us "externally motivated" 
> folks test ourselves against a measurable standard.
>
> 	http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
>
> Since I'm not yet in the PHP Rock Star ranks, do you think this might help?
>
> Leam
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