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The Programming IQ Test

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    tfraser

    I found this semi-humorous, semi-serious IQ test for developers and thought it was quite neat and worthy of a mention here.

    Some questions have obvious answers but there's also a few that could stump you (or at least stumped me). Oddly, the joke questions were harder than the technical ones.

    I scored 65 (out of 100), though I should add that I intentionally sacrificed some points at Question 10 (you'll understand when you get there). If you take the test then post your results so all the Niners can see.

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    Sven Groot

    I got 80. I also got frustrated by the long loading time of each question.

    EDIT: And I object to calling a knowledge quiz an IQ test; IQ has nothing to do with knowledge. Tongue Out

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    Royal​Schrubber

    Meh, I thought I'd see right answers when finished with the quiz.. 


    got 70..

    EDIT: found it Smiley

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    Ion Todirel

    RoyalSchrubber said:
    Meh, I thought I'd see right answers when finished with the quiz.. 

    got 70..

    EDIT: found it Smiley
    well excuse me for not knowing what beverage contains the most sugar and caffeine Tongue Out

    EDIT: I got 60 points, damn that funny questions like the beverage one

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    jonathansam​pson

    Meh, 35. I'm a confined developer, knowing very little about the history of languages, the authors of those languages, or the creators of camelCase etc. Anybody suggest a book that would cover all of this stuff? Smiley

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    Sven Groot

    Ion Todirel said:
    RoyalSchrubber said:
    *snip*
    well excuse me for not knowing what beverage contains the most sugar and caffeine Tongue Out

    EDIT: I got 60 points, damn that funny questions like the beverage one
    I answered that one correctly simply by using the reasoning that it was most likely to be the least obvious one (the orange drink).

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    W3bbo

    Sven Groot said:
    I got 80. I also got frustrated by the long loading time of each question.

    EDIT: And I object to calling a knowledge quiz an IQ test; IQ has nothing to do with knowledge. Tongue Out
    65 here, I got the trick questions wrong. Then there were some questions that had multiple right answers:

    For instance the P=NP one, both "I don't know" and "Sometimes" are acceptable answers. Ditto with Javascript, since (part of) its syntax is derived from Java, but the rest is marketing.

    I also felt I got the drinks questions wrong too.

    ...unless someone wants to correct me?

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    evildictait​or

    W3bbo said:
    Sven Groot said:
    *snip*
    65 here, I got the trick questions wrong. Then there were some questions that had multiple right answers:

    For instance the P=NP one, both "I don't know" and "Sometimes" are acceptable answers. Ditto with Javascript, since (part of) its syntax is derived from Java, but the rest is marketing.

    I also felt I got the drinks questions wrong too.

    ...unless someone wants to correct me?
    "Sometimes" is certainly wrong for the question is "P = NP". The answer is either Yes or No, but it hasn't been proved which. It certainly isn't sometimes Yes or sometimes No.

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    Sven Groot

    W3bbo said:
    Sven Groot said:
    *snip*
    65 here, I got the trick questions wrong. Then there were some questions that had multiple right answers:

    For instance the P=NP one, both "I don't know" and "Sometimes" are acceptable answers. Ditto with Javascript, since (part of) its syntax is derived from Java, but the rest is marketing.

    I also felt I got the drinks questions wrong too.

    ...unless someone wants to correct me?
    The P=NP thing is completely unknown. If you think you any of the other answers is correct, and can prove it, you've got a Turing award waiting for you.

    Javascript and Java don't have anything in common. Javascript was not derived from Java, it's syntax stems from the general C-like languages, which is what Java also comes from.

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    Dr Herbie

    Sven Groot said:
    W3bbo said:
    *snip*
    The P=NP thing is completely unknown. If you think you any of the other answers is correct, and can prove it, you've got a Turing award waiting for you.

    Javascript and Java don't have anything in common. Javascript was not derived from Java, it's syntax stems from the general C-like languages, which is what Java also comes from.
    Hmm, 75.
    I feel cheated that the drink question didn't involve tea, though.

    And the N= NP question I answewde truthfully:  I have no idea what either of them means (and I don't really care, come to that).

    Herbie

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    Sven Groot

    Dr Herbie said:
    Sven Groot said:
    *snip*
    Hmm, 75.
    I feel cheated that the drink question didn't involve tea, though.

    And the N= NP question I answewde truthfully:  I have no idea what either of them means (and I don't really care, come to that).

    Herbie
    I feel cheated that the drink question didn't involve tea, though.

    Tea doesn't contain a whole lot of caffeine though (tea leaves contain a lot of caffeine, more than coffee, but a cup of tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee), and only as much sugar as you yourself put in it. Smiley

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    Ion Todirel

    Sven Groot said:
    W3bbo said:
    *snip*
    The P=NP thing is completely unknown. If you think you any of the other answers is correct, and can prove it, you've got a Turing award waiting for you.

    Javascript and Java don't have anything in common. Javascript was not derived from Java, it's syntax stems from the general C-like languages, which is what Java also comes from.
    yeah, reminds me of the quote: "Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet" Tongue Out

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    ScottWelker

    65 Sad
    Man some of that was obscure. Fun though.

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    magicalclick

    I got dummy face, score 45. Sad
    If it is about Xbox games, I can score at least 90, LOL.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    Ion Todirel

    magicalclick said:
    I got dummy face, score 45. Sad
    If it is about Xbox games, I can score at least 90, LOL.

    really, say then who is the best friend of Master Chief, it's hair and eyes color Tongue Out

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    joechung

    That's weird.  The page said that I scored an 80, but when I read the answer key afterwards, I figured out that the test should have given me an 85.

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    obiwankenobi

    While waiting here for the next questions to load it's quite interesting to read which ones made you gonna fall ,-)
    So when all questions are load and finished I hope I have at least a score as you.

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    spivonious

    55

    I missed a lot of the historical ones, since I started programming in 98.

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