Dear collegues,
I want to thank you the list for the precious suggestions about the evaluation of programming environments.

Now I have an urgent need to know which (if any) are the specific tests that would allow me to group students that have an inclination to programming from students that have so such an inclination, and students that already know how to program a computer from students that have never tried to program a computer.

I can imagine that I have to test their mathematical and logical skills. I can check if they have previous knowledge about programming and programming languages. But should I check if they have good knowledge about specific areas of linguistics, such as, e.g., syntax? Are there other domains that may be relevent for an individual so to understand in advance if they have an inclination to computer programming?

Going in more detail:
- which are the mathematical and logical skills I have to evaluate? I can imagine fractions, series, simple equations, geometrical analogies, problem solving, truth tables - which are the programming knowledge I should pre-evaluate? I can imagine variables, loops, conditionals, function definition - maybe even the following skills in linguistics can be of help: phrase understanding, knowledge of punctuation

Are there other domains/skills I could/should check? Which are the specific tests that can allow me to evaluate their relevant skills?

Thanks a lot in advance

Stefano Federici
Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione
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