DPS907 and WSA500 Test 2

Test 2 is Friday. The test will have a written portion, and a programming portion (done on a computer in the classroom).

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Prepare for the test

Ask yourself two questions:

Can I explain?

Can I do?

If you can answer “yes” to both, you’re prepared.

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Test 2 is today

Test 2 is Friday, November 1, at 1:30pm ET, in TEL Building T2110.

It is worth 20% of your final course grade, and will be a mixed-format test – there will be a written portion, and a programming portion.

It will cover all topics since the last test (beginning on Tuesday, October 8) until the most recent class session (i.e. up to Tuesday, October 29).

You may be asked about factual information, as well as concepts, which will give you an opportunity to demonstrate reasoning, analysis, and synthesis skills.

Written portion – The question types will include short answer, multiple choice, sequencing, and so on.

Programming portion – You will create program solutions that meet some specifications.

You cannot use any reference resources for the written portion of the test. “Closed book, open brain.” Your display and/or computer must be off when you are answering the questions on the written portion.

For the programming portion, you can use any printed or online resource (except those that are prohibited by course policies).

You can use a College computer, or your own computer.

Seating arrangement: DO NOT sit directly beside another student who’s in your program.

The DPS907 and WSA500 tests are different.

Best wishes on the test.

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Reminder about Course policies

This is a reminder: Review the Course policies document. In particular, make sure you read and understand the information about “Tests and Other Graded Work”.

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How to prepare for the test

Review your hand-written and/or digital notes.

Review the course notes. Every page. Every section. Every word.

Follow the links in the course notes and the readings – read, understand, and apply the readings.

Write code. Practice every scenario.

Know how to explain concepts, and draw simple diagrams where appropriate.

Know and understand the reasons for some of the design and coding decisions we make.

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Do you write/type good-quality and useful notes during class?

Above, you were asked to “review your own hand-written or typed notes for full details” about the topics covered since the last test.

Do you write/type good-quality and useful notes during class?

If yes, good for you. If you created two to five pages per class, you would probably have between 10 and 30 pages of notes to review.

If not, why not? You cannot rely on your memory (it’s not that good) or posted/published class notes (it should be obvious by now that class sessions are filled with content that isn’t in the posted/published notes). Remember back to the first day of the course. Your professor taught you how to take notes, (this valuable information was on the handout):

Note-taking

You must write your own class notes – what notes should you write?

  • Topics that you want or need to learn
  • Topics that you want to ask questions about
  • Things you want or need to practice
  • Things I identify as “important

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Make it a habit – write/type good-quality notes. Your “future” self will thank you.

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