Python Coding Specialist (PCS) is the new frontier of programming certification!
The PCS is an industryglobal recognised certification on Python programming, which grants coding specialists, software developers, and IT professionals to assess and get credentials for their programming skills.
The unique peculiarity of the PCS Certification is the assessment modality, which consists in a real live coding environment, where candidates have to write proper code to perform tasks-based questions. This technology is called LITA (LIve in the Application) and Knowledge Pillars is one of the very few organizations able to provide with this very advanced assessment solution.
PCS is part of a larger set of certifications’ level, which will all go live in the next few months.
PCE – The highest level of expertise for the Python Coding Certification. Candidates must have at least 2 years’ programming experience to pass this exam.
PCS – The intermediate level of the Certification. Students taking this exam have generally a very basic understanding of coding with Python and are generally at the very beginning of their development career or are still at colleges.
PCP – The very basic and entry level module of the Certification. Candidates taking this exam have very little or no experience on programming and are generally students at school.
What is Python?
Python is an interpreted, high-level, object-oriented general purpose programming language. It’s one of the most popular programming languages on the planet, adopted by and adapted for every sector and industry – from finance, to medicine, to gaming.
Since its creation, Python has grown exponentially; nowadays, it has become the most used coding language by far.
First and foremost reason why Python is much popular because it is highly productive as compared to other programming languages like C++ and Java. It is much more concise and expressive language and requires less time, effort, and lines of code to perform the same operations.
The Python features like one-liners and dynamic type system allow developers to write very fewer lines of code for tasks that require more lines of code in other languages. This makes Python very easy-to-learn programming language even for beginners and newbies. For instance, Python programs are slower than Java, but they also take very less time to develop, as Python codes are 3 to 5 times shorter than Java codes.
Python is also very famous for its simple programming syntax, code readability and English-like commands that make coding in Python lot easier and efficient.
We can see something written in Python every day and almost everywhere.
It’s used extensively to implement complex Internet services like search engines, cloud storage and tools, social media and so on.
Many developing tools are implemented in Python.
Lots of IT project testers have started using Python to carry out repeatable test procedures.
Python is often used for:
Web and Internet development
Scientific and numeric computing
According to Indeed, the average Python programmer salary in the US in 2020 is $120,365 per year. New York, California and Washington DC are the top 3 best-paid states for Python developers.
Python developers are in high demand – not only because the language is so popular and widely used but mostly due to the fact that Python became a solution in many different areas.
A simple job research on Indeed shows that there are over 20,000 published job adverts per week looking for Python Programmers.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate a firm background at developing and debugging simple programs using Python. Prior to taking the exam, a candidate is expected to have approximately 150 hours of hands-on experience or lectures on developing using Python.
The elevated level of preparation required is derived by the industry-standard level of the exam and the fact that this certification reflects the candidate’s readiness to enter the job market. Moreover, this Certification is used as a job placement index by recruiting managers, for the correct placement of a job seeker. Knowledge Pillars PCS use a task-based format in order to ensure the validity of the results. To optimize the examination experience for the Candidate, Knowledge Pillars has taken certain steps to utilize real Python environment during the examination, as well as to ensure stable experience for the examinées. The exam is provided both in Testing Centers, or remotely, via the remote proctoring system.
1. Python Basic Concepts
What is Python and what is the differences between interpreter and compiler?
Python Syntax and semantics and the importance of indentation and casing. Python keywords and the use of numeral systems and scientific notation
Insert inline and multi-line comments
2. Variables and Operators
Variable data types
Define, use and recognize various types of variables (integer, float, string). Store User Input in a variable and recognize the different scopes of a variable. Type Casting and Type Conversion
Using Operators in Expressions
Use Arithmetic, String, Bitwise and Relational Operators and identify their order of precedence
3. Using Conditional Statements
Use Logical Operators in Expressions and identify their order of precedence
Using single or nested if, …else and …elif… conditional statement
4. Using Loops
The for… Loop
Using a for… Loop and the range function
The while… Loop
Using a while… loop
Nesting, expanding, breaking and continuing loops. Avoiding infinite loops
5. Create and use Functions and Generators
Create a function
Define a function and generator and add documentation to it. Pass parameters inside a function and return values
Use a function
Calling a function with or without default values. Use basic, recursive and lambda functions
6. Python Data Structures
Define, nest, enumerate Lists and add remove or use elements from them and use their methods. Use slices
Use Strings as lists along with basic string functions
Define and enumerate Tuples, use their elements and methods and recognize similarities and differences of them with Lists
Define, nest, enumerate Sets and add remove or use elements from them and use their methods
Define, nest, enumerate Dictionaries and add remove or use elements from them and use their methods.
7. Using Modules and packages
Import, initialize, write and document modules. Hide entities in a module
Create and distribute packages. Python Hashbangs
8. Classes, Objects and OOP
Define your classes/objects, superclasses and subclasses. Define, add and remove class attributes, methods and variables
Fundamentals of OOP
Use single and multiple inheritance or override it. Use functions to get information on objects/classes
9. Respond to Events and Exceptions
Events and hooks
Using hooks on Events and their libraries
Errors and Exceptions
Common errors and how to handle them via the exception object
10. I/O operations using Python
Use Python to read and write files
Open, read, stream and write files. Understand the difference between text and binary files
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
Access to the internet
One of the following browsers installed (according to wordpress.org):
Last 2 Chrome or Firefox or Safari or Edge or Opera versions.
Internet Explorer >= 11
Whitelist the domains *.????.??? and *.?????.???
Full access through ports 80 (http), 443 (https)
Http redirects permitted
Automatic updates, notifications, other popup windows and anything that can disrupt the examination process should be disabled
Number of questions: 35
Time limit: 45 minutes
Passing score: 75%
Format: Linear and In-App
The examination procedure
Each student will have his/her own Python installation (depending on the test they are taking).
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 answer the ignored questions 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.
If the examinées enter their credential again, they will be able to see the results for each of their vouchers.
how to take a pcs exam
Coming Soon: Please note the PCS Certification will be available by end of September 2020.
If you’re ready to get Python certified, all you need to do is follow the steps below:
register on Knowledge Pillars and create your account,
IMPORTANT: KP Certifications are also available through remote proctoring, to allow all our candidates to take exams in safety, during the COVID-19 emergency. Please contact our support for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org