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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the mostly commonly asked questions about Scaler Academy.

General

Our program entails:
  • 100+ live sessions conducted in a period of 8 months
  • 20 one-on-one mentor sessions with experienced professionals from leading technology companies
  • Teaching assistant support to help unblock you when you need help
It is an intensive program to create the top 1% engineers and not just a crash course just for interview preparation.
For users residing in North America (USA, Canada and other North American countries): Users are free to join all Scaler India programs except Scaler Academy. Users who are interested in Scaler Academy may join the Scaler Academy program offered in North America. For users residing outside of the North American region: Users are free to join all Scaler India or Scaler US programs.
If you are unable to keep up with the pace, you can utilize the Course Pause option which helps you to take a break for certain time period and resume it later. However, pause will be for a minimum of two month duration, and you will join the next cohort from the topic where you took the pause.
Scaler is not a bootcamp to teach you basic web development.
The curriculum is rigorous and spans over 7-9 months, covering fundamentals of computer science including Data Structure, Algorithms, Object oriented program and designing distributed systems for high scale web applications.
The goal of the program is to create the top 1% software engineers who will be saught after by the best employers in the world rather than getting an entry level junior role.
The curriclum covers all fundamentals of computer science and software engineering from scratch to enable you in becoming a highly capable software engineer. The expectation from someone joining the program is that you should know at least one modern programming language already, and should know basic mathematics concepts like statistic, probability and flow charts. If you are not currently proficient in these skills, you should not join the program yet. Instead, work on building on these topics.
Scaler is not a bootcamp to teach you basic web development.
The curriculum is rigorous and spans over 7-9 months, covering fundamentals of computer science including Data Structure, Algorithms, Object oriented program and designing distributed systems for high scale web applications.
The goal of the program is to create the top 1% software engineers who will be saught after by the best employers in the world rather than getting an entry level junior role.

Eligibility

Anyone with basic knowledge of any one programming language and an understanding of basic mathematics, like ratio, probabililty and flow charts can join the Scaler Academy program.
The program is targeted for working professionals with any number of years of experience.
The program is targeted for working professionals with any number of years of experience.
This program is for both, IC and leardership roles.
Anyone with age 18+ can join this program.

Program

This is NOT a self paced program. You are part of a cohort which starts and ends at a specific time, and majority of topics are covered in the live classroom sessions. While each session will be available as a recording to be reviewed later, we recommand joining each class live to be able to discuss and resolve questions in the class itself. In case you need to take a break, you can request for a pause, however pause will be for a minimum of one month duration, and you will join the next cohort from the topic where you took the pause.
We focus on building an in depth understanding of Computer science fundamentals. This course will make you a better problem solver, a better coder, and someone who has knowledge of the basics. We will be discussing a few well known technologies which are direct implementations of the concepts covered (like Redis, Kafka etc.). This course will give you the skills required to be a good software developer.
Support Ends post course completion: Live tutor-led classes, TA-led doubt resolution, 1:1 video-call mentor sessions, Resume refining
6 months post course completion Support: Lecture recordings, Scaler Academy recruitment-team-led job opportunities
Lifelong Support: Assignments and notes, Community-led doubt resolution, Job opportunities from peer group, Community access (for project collab, authentic interview experience etc.
Support Ends post course completion: Live tutor-led classes, TA-led doubt resolution, 1:1 video-call mentor sessions, Resume refining
6 months post course completion Support: Lecture recordings, Scaler Academy recruitment-team-led job opportunities
Lifelong Support: Assignments and notes, Community-led doubt resolution, Job opportunities from peer group, Community access (for project collab, authentic interview experience etc.
Support Ends post course completion: Live tutor-led classes, TA-led doubt resolution, 1:1 video-call mentor sessions, Resume refining
6 months post course completion Support: Lecture recordings, Scaler Academy recruitment-team-led job opportunities
Lifelong Support: Assignments and notes, Community-led doubt resolution, Job opportunities from peer group, Community access (for project collab, authentic interview experience etc.
Yes. This program is for software engineers with any amount of years of experience.
No, we do not have any crash course available at Scaler.
You will get an option to select the mentor on your own from our mentor pool. However, the instructor as well as TA will be same for the entire batch.
No, we do not have ML & AI program running in US at the moment.
We start a new batch every month.
This program is for software engineers with any amount of experience. The applicant should be:
- Comfortable coding in programming languages like C/ Java/ Python
- Comfortable writing if-else and loop-based implementation code and can manipulate basic strings
- Comfortable solving basic coding problems like printing patterns or finding a palindrome in a string
- May or may not be comfortable solving basic questions in Data Structures and Algorithms
We focus on building in depth understanding of Computer science fundamentals. This course will make you a better problem solver, a better coder, and someone who has knowledge of the basics. We will be discussing a few well known technologies which are direct implementations of the concepts covered (like Redis, Kafka etc.). This course will give you the skills required to be a good software developer.
We have Intermediate & Advanced Units avaialble at the moment. We will launch the Beginner unit soon.
Once you are enrolled with us, we will provide you with the Primer content which will help you to get prepared before joining the first class.
Yes, when learners graduate from Scaler they are ready to succeed in interviews because they have completed several mock interviews with industry experts.

Beyond that, they have mastered:
- Writing flawless code.
- Designing complex systems.
- Working on large-scale projects.
- Thriving in new and changing environments.
While we do not offer demo classes, we do offer a 14-day trial period. If you choose not to continue during this trial period, your $500 deposit will be returned.
Yes, you will receive a certificate when you complete our program. You may certainly highlight this on your resume.
Our curriculum has always been designed for the global market. So we are not making many changes to our core curriculum. The lecture times will be compatible with US time zones. The mentor and career support programs will be distinct for our US learners.
Currently, our US competitors offer courses that cost $5000 - $6000 and last around 3 months. This is a crash course at best. We offer a roughly 9-month course. In addition to our quality curriculum, we offer placement support, TAs, and mentorships that none of our competitors offer.

Classroom

You can check the detailed course schedule from here.
The live classes are normally held 3 times a week, and you will need to devote approximately 7.5 hours per week.
Yes, in case of any family, health, or personal emergency, you can utilize the Course Pause option which helps you to take a break and resume it later. The pause will be for a minimum of a two month duration, and you will join the next cohort from the topic where you took the pause.
No, you can not attend the course in piecemeal.
Yes, our teaching assistants will help you. Teaching Assistants (TAs) work closely with the tutors to help students with their assignments and homework. They answer students' questions via chat and video call. You would interact with TA’s regularly outside of the live-class sessions to get more hands-on problem solving experience.
No, you can not change the batch during the course. However, our teaching assistants will help you if you are unable to catch up or unable to understand what's taught by a specific instructor.

Instructor

Please share your resume at us-support@scaler.com. Our team will review it and will get back to you.

Mentor

You can get all the details on the Be a Mentor Page.
You can take a maximum of 3 sessions/mentee in a month and a total of 20 mentor sessions throughout the course duration of 10 months.

Teaching assistants

Kindly share your resume at us-support@scaler.com. Our team will review it and will get back to you.
Yes, our teaching assistants will help you. While raising the Help Request, choose the tag appropriately.

Support

We have a callback option available on our website. Our counselor will get in touch with you.

Roles

  1. A mentor is someone who has had rich industry experience in top tech companies and has a desire to support our learners in their Scaler journey. Learners share their goals and ask mentors how to advance in their careers. Mentors provide guidance as learners build on their strengths and address their weaknesses.
  2. A TA is someone who is a skilled coder across various platforms. They possess a strong understanding of computer science fundamentals and are an expert in Data Structures and Algorithms. They may be working professionals or undergrads. Each TA undergoes a rigorous hiring process because our goal is to hire excellent TAs who can support our learners with practical advice and timely suggestions.
  3. An instructor is a software engineers with experience in top tech companies and a desire to share their knowledge and skills others. Most of our instructors have worked or are working in companies like Facebook, Doogle, Directi, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, etc. Instructors teach our curriculum through live group lectures in a practical, specific, and engaging manner.

Projects

Yes, definitely. Showcasing projects will add value in your resume.

Placements

Scaler is not a recruitement agency, but its a learning platform. While we do have a robust careers team and partnerships with 100+ tier-one product companies, we do not encourage joining just to get interview opportunities. We do not guaruntee interviews at any specific company.
Definitely, you can choose to apply on your own to any company after the course. Even if you are applying on your own, we will help you prepare for your job interviews via mock interviews.
Scaler Academy is a learning-first program, where we are focused on making you a competent engineer who can become both capable and confident to drive faster towards his/her career goals. It is not a placement or referral-first program.
Job opportunities would start occuring after 6 months in the program and continue till 6 months post program completion. You can apply to any opportunity that you would like!
If you have an interview scheduled with any employer, you have to let us know. We have a large roster of interviewers across many popular companies and if the company you are looking to interview with matches an interviewer in our roster, we will set it up for you.
It depends on your interest. You are welcome to apply to any job opportunity that we share, and see which companies would be a good fit for you.
99% of the people who have completed the program and were open to taking up a new job, have been able to land a job as a software engineer. While we can not guaruntee your learning and career outcome, given the high demand for quality software engineer, we have not seen anyone capable and physically healthy not recieve offers.

Course fees

Yes! You can utilize financing options for the tuition fee. There is a required down payment of $500 and the remainder can be set up as monthly payments. Following are the options:
- 0% APR: 18 months [if you get full scholarship, pay $522.22/month for 18 months]
- Interest bearing loans: 24 and 36 month options [$446.35* for 24 months or $309.24* for 36 months ; *The actual amount would vary based on your credit score.]
No, there is not an ISA or post paid option available. However, you can utilize financing options for the tuition fee. There is a required down payment of $500 and the rest can be set up as monthly payments. Following are the options: - 0% APR: 18 months [if you get full scholarship, pay $522.22/month for 18 months] - Interest bearing loans: 24 and 36 month options [$446.35* for 24 months or $309.24* for 36 months ; *The actual amount would vary based on your credit score.]
You can drop out of the program at any point in time. However, you will only be eligible for a full refund if you drop out within the first 14 days of the program (also known as the refund window). The first day of class is also the first day of the program. After the refund window closes, we do not offer a refund (full or partial).