This actually happened a while ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting it: I have been accepted to Fullstack Academy in New York for the session starting in March.
Fullstack aims to take students from amateur developers to pro. This has been a dream of mine for a long time, so I’m naturally quite excited. I’ll try to post things about my progress as I go.
For the application process, Fullstack requires an application, a timed test, an interview, and a live coding session. If you want to apply, based on my experience, I would recommend focusing on the CS side of things for the test and coding session. Just knowing how to code a web page will not be enough. Be sure to go through all of the programming practice exercises that you can get your hands on (Fullstack will point you to a number of great resources to help you prep; utilize them).
Also, comment your code thoroughly and when you can’t complete a question, be thorough in explaining your ideas in pseudocode. No one wants to write something out in pseudocode, but it goes a long way to showing that you are thinking even when you are stumped.
I did just that for a recursion question on the test that I didn’t have time to complete. Then I solved the problem in code after the test and sent the solution in for consideration.
Whether or not this was a deciding factor in my being accepted, I do not know, but it seems to have worked in my favor.