Overview

The Trials are one of the most important part of the application process. 

You will be paired with three (3) other applicants, and will meet with each of them separately to build three (3) different programming projects. 

You will spend four (4) consecutive hours working with each of your partners, which means 12 hours of collaborative work under your belt! 

Each session with a new coding partner will be done synchronously, using pair programming, on a video call, and sharing your screen. The session should not last more than the 4 hours allotted, and you should not continue working on your project asynchronously!

At the end of each project, you will rate your partner’s English, coding, and collaboration skills, and each of your partners will do the same for you. 

What are you going to build?

Each session will begin with a warm up of two randomly-selected HackerRank coding challenges (using the programming language of your choice). You will do one of the challenges as a Driver and another as a Navigator, helping your coding partner when needed. If you are not familiar with these terms, click here to learn about pair programming. 

After the warm-up challenges, you will move onto the main project.

For the main project, you will build a very simple web using HTML, CSS, and Github. The project is not focused on creating something complex, but on giving both of you the opportunity to collaborate doing something you both feel comfortable with.

If you need a refresher of HTML & CSS before working with your coding partners, you can take a look at the following two resources: HTML Cheatsheet & CSS Cheatsheet.

If you have never worked with HTML and CSS before, we recommend that you complete the following two short courses (just complete the free sections): Codecademy HTML course & Codecademy CSS course.

What is the purpose of the Microverse Trials?

There are two very important reasons why we ask you to complete these collaborative projects:

  1. To give you the opportunity to try what a typical day in the full-time program will be like. This project gives you the chance to spend 4 hours working hard with another developer while determining if this is something that you want to do for the next 6-8 months of your life as a Microverse student.
  2. To give us (the Microverse team), an opportunity to see how you code, collaborate, and communicate with fellow developers. 
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