HTML & CSS Coding Specialist (HCCS)
The unique peculiarity of the HCCS Certification is the assessment modality, which consists of a real live coding environment, offers candidates the ability to write proper code and perform task-based questions. This technology is called LITA (Live in the Application) and Knowledge Pillars is one of the very few organizations able to provide this very advanced assessment solution.
Time limit: 45 minutes
Passing score: 75%
Format: Linear and Live-in-the-App
The examination procedure
The students will have to answer all the question within the given timeframe.
They are free to ignore as many questions as they want. They will have the option to flag the questions and then review them at the end of the test (within the 45 minutes timeframe). All unanswered questions will be marked as incorrect.
When the test finishes the result of the examination is sent to KP’s server for storing.
Exam Objective Domains
This exam consists of 5 key areas covering HTML and CSS up to an intermediate level. Candidates will be tested on the basics of HTML, including its uses and limitations as well as placing elements on a page, such as text, links, tables, and media. The exam also tests the candidate’s ability to work with the basics of CSS and will be expected to have a clear understanding of how HTML documents can interact with CSS in a coherent and professional manner.
- HTML Fundamentals and Related Theory
- Constructing Webpages with HTML
- CSS Fundamentals
- Combining HTML with CSS
- Advanced HTML/CSS Features
HTML Fundamentals and Related Theory
- The purpose of HTML 5 and its relationship with the internet/web browsers (Why HTML is used to display content, and how a browser interprets code)
- Understanding HTML tags, and how tags can be nested within each other
- Displaying basic text and using body, heading and paragraph tags
- Understanding meta information and the purpose of the head tag (How the meta-information can control the overall settings of the page)
- Using hyperlinks (How to properly display hyperlinks to the user, and how to provide the physical URL for the browser to open)
Constructing Webpages with HTML
- Inline text formatting using appropriate tags (bold, important, strong, italic, subscript, and superscript etc.)
- Quoting external sources with blockquote (How to correctly reference textual content from other sources)
- Adding comments to HTML documents to annotate code (Also focusing on why correct code documentation is important for both HTML and CSS)
- HTML Lists (Ordered and unordered)
- HTML Tables including rows, headers, alignment, padding and spanning multiple rows/columns
- Adding media to webpages such as images using the img and src tags
- Differentiating between inline CSS, and internal/external stylesheets (Where stylesheets should be saved in relation to the HTML document(s))
- CSS basic Syntax including selectors, declarations, and properties
- CSS Fonts, styling, colours, and font-families
- CSS borders, backgrounds, margins, and padding (including colours values and RGB values)
- Enhancing website text with CSS (Focusing on how to give a website a professional appearance through correct CSS syntax)
- CSS Icons (using local files & referencing icons externally)
Combining HTML with CSS
- Grouping HTML elements by class and creating class-specific rules to control portions of a webpage
- Applying CSS rules by type or id (paragraphs, headings, tables etc.)
- Managing dropdown menus with CSS (Creating navigation bars to allow for the user to easily navigate around multiple pages of a website)
- Enhancing HTML lists, tables, and links with CSS rules
- Controlling visibility and positioning of HTML with CSS (Using position and display properties)
Advanced HTML/CSS Features
- Allowing for user interaction with text entry forms, enhanced with CSS rules (text boxes, submit boxes, radio buttons, password, sliders etc.)
- Adding YouTube videos and audio files to web pages and controlling visibility and positioning with CSS
- SVG graphics and their uses (the svg tag and how shapes and graphics can be styled with CSS)
- The CSS box model (How to arrange HTML items using padding, margins, and borders to achieve a more professional layout)
Participating in BETA Exams
A critical part of the exam development process is the beta exam. By taking the exam in its beta format, candidates provide us with useful information to evaluate the technical accuracy, relevance, and psychometric characteristics of the questions before we score examinees.
Get 80% off the HCCS beta exam. If you take the beta exam, Knowledge Pillars will send a 25% discount voucher to the same email that you use to register for exams AFTER the beta exam has been scored. You can apply that voucher to your next Knowledge Pillars exam registration.
Note Participation in the beta is on a first come, first served basis. Due to popular demand, we recommend that you register as soon as the beta registration period begins.
Candidates located in China, India, Pakistan, or Turkey are not eligible to participate in beta exams for security reasons.
Preparing for a beta exam
You will have access to the Exam Details page that lists the skills that will be assessed on the exam. Knowledge Pillars does not currently offer training materials for its exams.
People interested in beta exams usually have access to other resources, are experienced with the technology, or work with the beta product. We recommend that you consult peers, community resources, and early-adopter articles for support if you need additional preparation materials.
Beta exam scoring and results
When you complete a beta exam, you do not receive a score immediately because the scoring model for the exam is not yet finalized.
You usually receive your exam score within 2-3 weeks after the exam becomes available worldwide—this can be up to 16 weeks after you take the exam, depending on when in the beta period you took the exam. This time frame reflects the comprehensive process used to evaluate the beta exam results, including statistically analyzing the data to evaluate the performance of each question and reading and evaluating all comments provided during the beta exam. The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later.
Note Participation in beta exams is voluntary, and Knowledge Pillars makes no promises or guarantees regarding the beta exam process, availability of your scores, or the timing of your results. Generally online proctored exam results are presented within 72 hours.
Passing the beta exam
Passing a beta exam in your certification exam counts toward your transcript. You do not need to retake the exam in its final version and you will receive a digital badge as confirmation of your passing score. Make sure that you take another exam within a year so you can take advantage of the 25% discount you earned for taking the beta exam through our beta exam discount program.
If you do not pass the beta exam, you cannot retake the beta exam. If you are interested in earning a certification that requires successful completion of that exam, you must wait to retake the exam at regular cost when it’s live, or you can apply the 25% discount that you received for taking the beta exam through our beta exam discount program.
The minimum system requirements are:
- Operating system: Windows 7/8/10 OS, MacOS X 10.0x or newer, Linux OS
- Minimum RAM: 1GB or more depending on the Operating System
- Minimum processor: 1.0 Ghz or more depending on the operating system and the architecture
- A color monitor with minimum display resolution: 1366px by 768px
- Internet access
- The latest version of the Chrome browser
- Automatic updates, notifications, other popup windows, and anything that can disrupt the examination process should be disabled
We have a web consulting house and often employ front-end developers who are web designers that focus on the front-end of our customer’s websites. During the hiring process, we receive all kinds of applications. It is a rather difficult and time-consuming process when filtering through the applications trying to identify who may have the necessary capabilities to get into websites and edit files, make changes or maybe even create an entire site from scratch. Some applicants will share links to websites they claim to have created, but at first glance, there is no way to prove that the applicant performed this task on their own or how long it took.
Knowledge Pillars coding certifications are a great way to quickly identify applicants that can use HTML and CSS code because we know these certification exams are performed live-in-the-app and validate that the candidate had the ability to perform relevant coding tasks to pass the exam. As a result, we can quickly eliminate the wrong candidates, save time upfront and add value to our customers.
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