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“If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough”

-Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz and serial entrepreneur

Welp, it happened. I crashed and burned on a Launch School assessment and I received my first “Not Yet” score, specifically on the RB129 interview assessment. For context, Launch School, very smartly and helpfully, doesn’t label a “not passing” assessment as having the grade of “Failed”, but instead as being “Not Yet”.

To be honest, learning software engineering through Launch School is the single hardest thing I’ve ever done. Launch School is designed around Mastery-Based Learning, which…

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In my previous blog post, I wrote about my experience taking the first Launch School assessment, which is the written assessment for the Launch School RB109 course.

The second of the two RB109 assessments is a live coding interview. During the assessment, the student is given two problems and is required to solve the problems in real-time in front of one of the Launch School TAs via CoderPad and Zoom. The goal of this second assessment is to prepare students for real-life job interviews for software engineering positions, which often have a live coding portion.

There are two important skills…

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As I wrapped up studying for the first Launch School course, RB101, in mid-July 2020, I then began studying for the written assessment for that first course. In this article, I’ll share the tips I used to pass the written exam. Your mileage in the course may vary, but the tips below are what worked for me.

I was nervous and anxious about taking this first assessment as it’s the first assessment in the Launch School program. Hopefully, the detailed steps I followed below will help future students be prepared enough to pass the exam. …

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Once you’ve decided that you’d like to become a computer programmer, one of the hardest things to figure out is where to begin. There’s a huge abundance of resources available online and a newbie coder can quickly become overwhelmed with all of the different options.

Whether you are considering doing a coding bootcamp, self-learning programming on your own, or even potentially getting a degree in Computer Science, the steps below in this article are a good place to start to prepare you before diving deeper into more complicated courses and/or programs.

This article is geared specifically around web application development…

Weston Ludeke

Launch School student who works in support at Streak by day. I write more often at

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