Failed aptitude test and cognitive test

Today I had an interview for an in-town boot camp, in order for me to be accepted into the program, I had to take an aptitude and cognitive test which I failed. According to the company, my score was low for a software development training. The program included a job after the training. What does this mean? Am I not good enough for software development? By the way, the test was from wonderlic, does anyone have any experience with them?

UPDATE: Sorry I posted this from my cell phone, I didn’t include the fact that this company is looking for people with no experience. I drove 1 hour and 30 minutes to the place and had an interview. Once I got home I went ahead and took the test. Found out the results later that evening. I contact them the same day regarding the score they said I scored 44 cognitively which they were expecting 80, they said that it gives them an indication that the challenges I would face I development would be very difficult to me. According to them, the test is pretty accurate.

Why not ask this very question to the bootcamp company? You may not get the answer you want, but you might get something.

They have a Wikipedia page on the subject:

This is the first I’ve heard of it, but I don’t think it’s an accurate reflection of your ability to program. If there were a reliable test to sort people into jobs, it would be administered in every school and during job interviews. I’ll be interested to read more research on the subject, but don’t take it as a sign to quit. Bootcamps just want to feel special.

Try this test, and see if it’s correct/accurate assessment of your personality and skills…

Wonderlic claims that using the Wonderlic Personality Test to select individuals whose traits are aligned with the demands of the position,

The Wonderlic Seven-Factor Personality Profile tests individuals on seven dimensions different from the Wonderlic Five-Factor Personality Profile: emotional intensity, intuition, recognition motivation, sensitivity, assertiveness, trust, and good impression. The Wonderlic Seven-Factor Personality Profile test is oriented more for customer service employees.

It seems you’re not viable for that position, it has nothing to do with “programming in general”. I don’t know the test in detail, but i’m pretty confident that cannot exist a test which say someone what he can learn or not ^^

Sounds like a bullshit test. I wouldn’t be discouraged if I were you. Maybe it’s an excuse to weed some people out or as others have implied maybe it’s the bootcamp’s way of making themselves seem elite.

If you put the time and effort in you can learn to program.

Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lack of creativity. Oprah was fired from a news show because was “unfit for television news.” The list goes on and on. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. If you’re willing to work hard, and make sacrifices, you’ll make it. It may be a harder, but that will just make it more dear.


It seems to be testing how quickly you can answer logic/grammar/[english] language/mental arithmetic questions relative to other candidates, which points it squarely at customer-facing roles.

Hahaha, also, example of a (I assume JS) coercion error, I suppose this is kinda testing ability to recognise programming errors :joy: :

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