ADA and coding / tests

Should I even continue with coding? I ask because my whole life in school, I was always in special classes for math because the way word problems are worded throw me off (something to do with the way my brain processes information, so I was always given modified tests). Would ADA apply for coding problems in an interview? Or are these questions a way to weed out people like me :rofl:

Hi @mcmichaeltyler93 !

If you are pursuing a path in web development, it is not really that math heavy at all.
Other forms of programming are but not web dev.

I can’t speak much to the ADA part, but it is important to note that there is a huge difference between being able to solve algorithm challenges and solving problems on the job.

I have known a lot of people that bomb or dread the coding challenge interviews but perform well on the job.

It sounds like you just need extra resources to help you understand this stuff better.
You can use one source as your main guide and use other sources as supplementary education.

Thank you for your response (: I really appreciate it. I wasn’t referring to having trouble with math; I was referring to having trouble with word problems in general :smiley:

Ahh… I see.
Well that makes sense.

The main thing you want to focus on is learning how to problem solve and learning how to get unstuck with a problem.

When you are starting off as a junior, you will be asked to implement the features or bug fixes that your team assigns to you.
You start with the end goal and understand what the problem is.
Think about the user behavior and what should happen without focusing on the code.

Then when you understand what the problem is and what the desired result should be then you slowly think about ways to implement into code.

The problem solving should come first, then the implementation into the code comes second.

When going through these challenge, first focus on solving them as a human without code involved. Then think about the steps it took to solve that problem. Then slowly turn that algorithm into code.

Hope that helps!

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Are you already learning to code? Are you enjoying it? Are you able to complete the tasks? If so, then there’s no reason that you should stop simply because you used additional learning resources in school.

Neither interviews, nor daily work as a developer resemble a math test. Conversation and asking questions is an important part of both.

As far as the ADA is concerned, you have the right to request reasonable accommodation. An example for someone with a processing disorder might be something like having instructions written rather than verbal. The work you have to do doesn’t change, but you should have access to tools, resources, and behaviors that allow you to do your work.