What is a Similarity Check
Similarity Check is an automatic cross-checking of your candidates' solutions against every other submission we've ever received - over 12 million assessments. We also scrape the web for any leaked solutions, and if we find a solution that looks similar to other ones (either online or submitted by other candidates), we'll let you know. Our system can recognize similarities even if solutions have been modified (e.g. identifiers' change, code reformatting, small changes in the code structure). Similarity Check is applicable to all tasks with the exception of multiple-choice questions (MCQ), free-form (essay), upload and SQL tasks.
IMPORTANT: In order to promote efficiency of your hiring process and help you focus on the best candidates, we complete Similarity Checks for all CodeCheck candidates who reached your Passing Score. If there is no Passing Score defined in your test, we verify submissions of all candidates who scored at least 40% on the test. We don't complete Similarity Checks for submissions that scored below your Passing Score or below 40% if no Passing Score is set.
Click on "please resolve" to see a detailed report:
If the other solution belongs to one of your candidates, their session will be linked. If it's similar to any solution in our database that doesn't belong to your account, it will be shown simply as "Other solution".
Please note that solutions for some tasks are too simple to discern whether candidates cheated or that the similar submissions are merely coincidental. Also, in some rare cases, a single candidate might submit a similar code if they're taking Codility coding tests for more than one company. We detect such cases whenever we can, but since test sessions may be anonymous, this isn't always possible.
What should I do if I receive such a warning?
The warning on its own doesn't necessarily suggest cheating. If you have any suspicions, our recommendation is to connect with the candidate to ask for clarification. You can also conduct a CodeLive interview with the candidate in report mode and see if they can explain how they came up with this solution, their train of thought etc. If you need more details from us before approaching the candidate, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the status "processing" mean?
Once a candidate submits a solution, the Similarity Check is being processed. If no similar solutions are found, this step will be marked as complete within several minutes. If a similar solution is found, our tech team will review the Similarity Check report (shouldn't last more than three business days) and present the findings to you.
Other Similarity statuses and what they mean
- Please Resolve: A similarity has been detected and is awaiting your review
- Acknowledged: You've reviewed the similarity report and believe that the similarity in solutions suggests improper conduct.
- Dismissed: You've reviewed the similarity report and do not believe that the similarity in solution suggests improper conduct.
- Skipped: Solutions below the test Passing Score (40% default if no passing score set up on a test) are skipped for similarity review.