Data Science is an exciting and well-paying career path for people who love numbers and are excited about the prospect of using data to drive the future of technology. Success in the data science field requires a solid foundation of mathematics, applied statistics, and computer programming.
The Lambda School Data Science (DS) program is a rigorous program designed to teach you the skills you need to get hired and be successful in the field. Our curriculum is built on the principle of “mastery-based progression” so you can learn at your own pace and repeat content if needed. This means that you don’t need to be a math wiz to be successful, but a basic understanding of algebra and statistics will certainly give you a leg up as you start your journey to a new career.
To ensure that every student we admit to the Data Science program has a high likelihood of success, we ask DS applicants to complete a short quiz called the “Data Science Challenge.” The questions on this challenge provide a way for you to know which math and programming concepts you might need to spend some time studying. This is also an opportunity for you to decide if becoming a data scientist is really your thing before you take the steps to finalize your enrollment.
We use your challenge score to get an idea of how well-prepared applicants are for the material in the first unit of the Data Science program. By looking at the data from this quiz, we can provide support in the challenging areas to best meet your needs as an incoming student.
The Data Science challenge is a short quiz that includes two types of questions: math and Python. There are 15 questions total and you’ll need to answer at least 11 questions correctly to move on to the next phase of the application process. You will have 45 minutes to complete the challenge.
If you don’t pass the challenge the first time, don’t worry. You’ll be able to reattempt for as many times as you need, after a one hour cool down per attempt.
Preparing for the Math Questions
Here are the concepts you’ll need to understand do well on the DS Challenge math questions:
Example math questions
Preparing for the Python Questions
Here are the concepts you’ll need to understand to do well on the Python questions:
Example Python questions
Most people do not need the full 45 minutes to complete the data science challenge, but be sure to take the time you need to do your very best. Feel ready to take the challenge? Log in to your admissions dashboard now to get started or check out more tips for getting into the Lambda School Data Science Program!