PROXOR - Authentic Examinationsᵀᴹ

a Spinoff of Carnegie Mellon University and a Subsidiary of XUP Ltd

Proxor - Authentic Examinationsᵀᴹ provides assessment ratings of software development skills, initially in Java and C, using technology and methodology developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and funded by a USD2.9Million grant from World Bank. Created and designed by renowned Computer Science Professors at CMU, Proxor is the industry leader in the rating and certification of software developers. Authentic Examinationsᵀᴹ is the only method that accurately measures the examinees' ability to program realistic problems in a professional environment. Examinees are put in the role of professional software developers, and required to complete real software development tasks in a live programming environment.

The examination is efficient, automated, scalable, secure and effective in assessing the skill level of the examinee. Proxor Exam tests and rates the individuals’ skills rather than just knowledge. Employers of in-house developers, educational institutions, IT societies, and government organizations can effectively assess and then efficiently develop training plans to improve the skills of software developers. Although what people know is important, what counts in the workplace is what they can do.

Since software drives innovation and productivity across virtually every industry, accurately assessing software skills, target training programs to further develop capabilities and matching job requirements to skill levels will provide our clients with a competitive advantage.

In 2014 Linkedin/PWC estimated USD130Billion of lost productivity due to inability to match the right talent with the right opportunity. Since people create software, the better the people, the better the products, resulting in improved performance, greater customer satisfaction and higher profits.

By year end 2016, Proxor has signed client agreements with institutions and distributors in over 20 cities/countries. Proxor was acquired by XUP Ltd in Nov 2016 which has enabled it to further expand its global presence and enhance capabilities such as customizing predictive analytics solutions for clients.

How do we do it?

  • Extensive base code comprehension and code writing within a real-work environment
  • Standardized scoring across all test takers despite task variations
  • Embedded edge-cases and hidden bugs scored via a difficulty-weighted algorithm
  • Depth of exam scope ensures uniqueness of submissions and authenticity

Demo of a real exam. Proxor assessing coding skills and capabilities in a real-work environment

Meet the team

A diverse combination of background, expertise and creative minds make up the Proxor management and advisory teams.

  • Henry H. Hon
    Chairman & CEO
    Seasoned Business Executive with unique combination of Fortune 500 and small-cap expertise. Presented with the prestigious Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award. Orchestrated the successful IPO of China's largest automobile internet advertising company on the NYSE. Recognizing the life changing potential of Proxor’s technology, Henry co-founded XUP Limited to market the Proxor solutions globally. Named as the company's’ Chairman and CEO in October 2016.
  • Roger B. Dannenberg
    Chief Scientist
    Roger B. Dannenberg is Chief Scientist at Proxor and worked with Dr. Miller to develop Proxor’s Authentic ExaminationsTM. Dr. Dannenberg is Professor of Computer Science, Art and Music at CMU and Director of CMU’s Master of Science in Computer Science graduate program. He was awarded the Newell Medal for Research Excellence in 2002. He is a co-creator of Audacity, a free audio editor with over 250 million downloads and holds three patents in real-time processing.
  • Thomas Ferrell
    Lead Trailblazer

    Thomas attended University of Pittsburgh and is a full-stack software engineer, always striving to increase the breadth of his skills.

    He dabbles in hardware and walks up mountains.

    He is passionate about how Proxor can change the world for the better.

  • Randal Bryant
    Chairman of Academic Advisory Board

    Randal E. Bryant is a University Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He served as Dean of the School of Computer Science from 2004 to 2014.

    He served as advisor on the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for the White House from 2014-2015

    Dr. Bryant's research focuses on methods for formally verifying digital hardware and certain forms of software. He authored some of the most-cited papers in all of computer science.

    Advisory Board

    Partner since 2010 with Orion Partners, a leading multi-strategy alternative asset management firm based in Hong Kong with ~US$1 billion in assets under management.

    He has lived and worked in Asia since 1976. Over the course of his career, Dennis has founded three successful businesses tied to Asia.

  • Clifford Tse
    Advisory Board

    Clifford has over 20 years of international consultancy and management experience in the healthcare and technology industry and has extensive working experience in the North Americas, Europe and Asia and is currently the CEO & Founder of Mobigator.

    Clifford graduated from MIT with MSc and BSc degrees in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. Clifford also pursued post-grad studies in Bioinformatics and Clinical Research Informatics at Stanford.