When you choose to start a program at Flatiron School, we know that you are making an investment — both financially and an investment of your time. That’s why it’s important to us that you are a right fit for the program and vice versa — that our program is the right fit for you.
One way we make sure that the program is a good fit is with an admissions assessment test.
The admissions assessment is a cognitive aptitude test that analyzes your problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, your attention to detail, and your ability to learn new information. There are three different styles of questions — verbal, math and logic, and spatial reasoning. Think of the questions more like brain teasers, not about coding, computers, or cybersecurity.
After all, we don’t care how much you already know about the tech industry, or if you already know how to code, for example. We want to know if you have the ability to learn and pick up the skills that will be taught in our courses. The admissions assessment is an easy way for us to “test” your problem solving and critical thinking skills, which are essential skills for the high tech jobs in our programs.
The test is 15 minutes long, and can include up to 50 questions. But don’t stress. We don’t expect you to complete all the questions. In fact, less than 1% of people complete all 50 questions.
How many questions should I complete?
You should aim to complete 20-30 questions in the allotted 15 minutes. Completing 20-30 questions is normal and ok.
Don’t get caught up on any one question though. If you’re feeling stumped, take a guess and move on. It’s more important to maintain a decent pace and keep moving through the questions, rather than to stress over scoring perfectly on one question.
Remember, you have a 15 minute time cap so you’ll want to efficiently move through as many questions as you can. Again, less than 1% of people complete all 50 questions so don’t stress yourself out about finishing all the questions.
Here are two examples of the types of questions you might see on the admissions assessment.
1. Sample Verbal Question: (Source)
Choose the word that is most nearly OPPOSITE to the word in capital letters: LENGTHEN
2. Sample Math Question: (Source)
A group of 3 numbers has an average of 17. The first two numbers are 12 and 19. What is the third number?
How to prepare for the admissions assessment
- Set aside 15 minutes of uninterrupted, dedicated time.
- Remove any distractions so you can focus for 15 minutes.
- Have a piece of paper and a pencil for notes.
- Relax and don’t overthink it.
If you aren’t happy with your score the first time, you are welcome to take it again. But, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about getting the best score you can. Remember, don’t get caught up on one question. Keep moving at a decent pace.
There is a time clock on the page so you will know how many questions you have completed and how much time remains.
How does the test affect my admissions decision?
Our admissions process includes three phases — a written application, admissions interview, and the admissions test. The test is a factor in the admissions process, but ultimately, we will consider all three phases of your application to determine an admissions decision.
Wondering what score you should get? We do have a target score for each one of our study programs, but don’t worry about that up front. Only worry about making sure you have 15 minutes of dedicated time, and then do your best.
Your score will be measured against the target score to determine if you will be a good candidate for the program. Remember, we don’t want you to commit to one of our programs unless we know you have the potential to be successful in that career field.
How do we determine target scores?
We asked our current students and graduates of our program to take the admissions test. And created our target scores based on how well our successful students scored.
Then, the company that prepares the test provided scores from successful professional software engineers, data scientists, cybersecurity engineers and analysts, and product designers. And that’s how we came up with the target score for applicants.
What happens after I take the admissions test?
After you finish and submit the admissions test, your score is recorded in our system and your admissions representative will contact you soon. Your admissions rep will share your score and discuss the next steps in your admissions decision.
Remember, the test is a factor in your admission decision, but we will make our final decision based on the combination of your application, interview, and the assessment test.