About to re-enter the job market and terrified of coding tests.
I'm one of those older web developer types who learned from books, trial, and error. I don't have a formal education beyond high school, and no degree of any kind; not even an unrelated one. I've been working professionally my whole adult career.
I'm really good at what I do. And I enjoy what I do! I have code samples and a portfolio and I'm super willing to do interview code mini-projects... I've got references and endorsements and you-name-it.
It seems like every company I've come across who is hiring these days is doing so with coding tests. Those weird programming assessments that are timed and usually watched.
And I can't pass them, no matter how hard I try.
I've practiced for hours and hours over months, trying to pick this skill up. It's just not how my brain works. I have dyscalculia and I just cannot do these heavy-math, theoretical tests.
I've even tried explaining about my learning disability and offer to do whatever other task they want to prove myself. (Let me tell you, that was not the least scared I've ever been talking to a recruiter.)
Never before in my life has a recruiter ghosted me, but it happened after I was told to undergo a test on Karat, which is a platform for code tests for interviews.
I don't know what to do. I feel like I've finally hit a career dead-end that can't be fixed by learning a new language or picking up a new discipline.