Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 11:53:53 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject: Re: Test your knowledge of SAS at new site!
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Michael Littman <mikelittman@EROLS.COM> wrote:
>We are currently beta testing our web-based 'SAS (BASE)' knowledge
>test. The format is
>multiple choice. To take the test, simply go to www.tekmetrics.com and
>select the link,
>"Beta Testers" along the left side of the page. The rest should be
>self-explanatory. Before taking the test, check out the 'top ten' list
>to see the best scores to date!
The test was somewhat interesting (but slow) to take, but also
illustrated some of the problems with competence testing.
There were ambiguous questions. There were poorly worded questions.
There were questions which, strictly speaking, didn't have any correct
answers. There were questions where not enough information was given to
determine a complete answer. There were questions which appeared to
have typos. There were answers which 99.9% of all SAS users will never
Really, I think an interview and code review is the only way decide
whether a job candidate can do what you want.
Speaking of job candidates, we have a few openings near Sacramento,
California. Candidates should have SAS or Excel experience (preferably
with knowledge of VBA), or health care analysis experience, or both. A
statistical background is probably not required. Jobs are at various
levels, from "report specialist" to project manager. I don't know the
exact salaries, but I would guess that they will be around the midpoint
for the area, but more for a really strong candidate.