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COBOL Advanced Assessment


1.5 hours


The assessment is designed for IT staff who work or plan to work with the COBOL programming language in a z/OS environment.


A solid understanding of COBOL concepts, COBOL programming syntax, and the statements associated with data declarations and program flow. The user should also have experience working with COBOL code problem identification and resolution.

The following Interskill courses have been used as reference for this assessment:

  • COBOL Programming - Basics
  • COBOL Data and Datafile Definitions
  • COBOL Programming - Manipulating Data / Subprogramming module
  • COBOL Programming - Advanced
  • COBOL for z/OS

Additional on-the-job training in the areas above should also be undertaken to prepare you for scenario based questions that have been included in this assessment.


This assessment covers the following topics:

  • File Sorting and Merging
  • Searching Files and Tables
  • Error Identification and Debugging
  • Inspect Statement
  • Pointers
  • COBOL for Web Services
  • Sharing Data
  • Advanced Intrinsic Functions
  • Advanced Table Handling

Questions have been created to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.1 level.

Assessment Detail

The types of questions in this assessment are mainly simulation, multiple choice, drag and drop, and true or false. The questions displayed are different for every examinee because a number of core questions are always selected along with a number that are taken from a pool. All questions are then randomized to produce your customized assessment. No internal or external manuals or references can be used during this assessment.

Pass Mark

The pass mark for this assessment is 70%.

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