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COPE (Console Operator Proficiency Examination)

Each year electronic computers become more sophisticated, and the programs they must process become more complex. Because of this, dependence of those in computing on the skill and experience of operators is increasing. At the same time, selection and training of qualified operators grows more difficult. To meet the need for a quick, accurate, uniform operator test and training aid, the authors have developed COPE (Console Operator Proficiency Examination), outlined below While this examination is programmed specifically for the IBM 705 Mode II with two Tape Record Coordinators, similar programs could be developed for other computers.

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