Frequently Asked Questions…and their answers
What are the required skills and knowledge?
To join Scalefocus Academy you need to have good knowledge of the fundamentals of programming. We expect you to show understanding of Data Structures, Algorithms, and OOP principles. Experience with Version Control Systems like Git and platforms like GitHub and GitLab. And most of all, passion for learning and a desire to dedicate yourself to the Academy.
Is the Academy online? Can I participate from home?
Yes! Scalefocus Academy is fully remote, including assessment, interviews, tests, mentorship and education processes. The training process has been specifically adapted to help you and your mentorship team work remotely, without compromising on any learning activity.
What is the tuition fee for SFA?
Scalefocus Academy is completely free for everyone. That is why candidates undergo a strict selection process and we take only the best for the Academy.
Do I need any specific hardware to participate in SFA?
Yes, you will need a computer or a laptop with a working web camera and a microphone. Specifications wise it should have an Intel Core i3 or equivalent CPU and 4GB of RAM. Contact us at email@example.com for more information if you have any hardware-related questions.
I have applied for SFA but I did not receive a confirmation email? Am I listed for the exam?
In case you can’t find the confirmation email in your primary mailbox, please check the other folders such as “promotions”, “spam”, etc. Sometimes email providers have very strict filters and omit messages sent from our system. If you still can’t find the confirmation email, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I applied for SFA but I am not able to attend the exam on the set day and time. Can I take the exam at a different date and/or time?
We are sorry to inform you that in this case, you will have to wait for the next edition of the program you are applying to.
When does the next iteration of SFA start?
The next iteration of Scalefocus Academy will start in October 2021. Check out the full calendar from the Schedule tab in the menu above.
I accidentally closed the test during the entrance exam. What should I do next?
Reopen the exam from the provided link. If this doesn't resolve your issue, contact our team immediately and we will help you out.
How much time should I commit to my training in SFA?
The technical programs in the Academy require a 20 to 30 hours weekly commitment, with 10 of those being interactive, online tutor sessions.
Can I participate in more than one tech track simulation?
All technological programs in Scalefocus Academy are intensive and require serious dedication to complete. We will test your ability to learn quick. Therefore, to participate, you need to commit to one program only.
Can I change the tech track I have chosen during the registration process?
Technical programs signify only your technology preference and will be reviewed again before starting the Scalefocus Academy.
Will I get a job offer if I graduate successfully?
The best performing graduates will get the opportunity to join Scalefocus shortly after graduation. However, all alumni will have enough practical experience from Scalefocus Academy to succeed in a professional interview at any software company in Bulgaria.
I applied to SFA but I did not get in. Can I try again for the next iteration?
Absolutely! You can always apply for the upcoming iterations. Our advice is to improve your knowledge and skills. Keep on learning and coding.
What happens if I am successful with my SFA training and I get a job offer, but for some personal reason I am not able to fulfil my commitment and opt out of the offer?
Our mission is to provide quality education free of charge and ensure that each student at Scalefocus Academy is committed and motivated to go through the learning process. At the end of each iteration, the best students receive an official offer to join the Scalefocus team and immediately start their successful IT career at the biggest Bulgarian IT company. If you complete your training and final interview process successfully and receive a job offer but opt not to take it, you will owe Scalefocus a €2500 compensation fee. This sum will cover the training materials, certification, and mentoring and will allow us to continue to provide quality education free of charge. The fee is NOT owed if you decide to leave the Academy at an earlier stage (regardless of the reason) or drop out after any midterm exams.