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PL/I Advanced Assessment


1.5 hours


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


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

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

  • PL/1 Fundamentals and Data Representation
  • PL/1 Program Design Techniques
  • PL/1 Accessing Data in Files
  • PL/1 Preprocessor, Debugging, and Advanced Coding

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:

  • Sorting Data
  • Arrays
  • Built-In Functions and Subroutines
  • Special Processing
  • Preprocessing
  • Using Pointers
  • Compiling Programs
  • Sharing Data
  • Error Handling

Questions have been created to Enterprise PL/I for z/OS 5.1 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%.