Updated: 2018-10-16 05:06 EDT

1 Practice TestsIndexup to index

Each Midterm and Final Exam will have an associated set of unmarked practice questions (with answers) and a set of marked quizzes based on those practice questions. See Practice Tests and Answers.

2 Test Quizzes (for marks!)Indexup to index

As each practice test (above) is released, Brightspace will have some Test Quizzes, worth marks, containing ten random question samples from that practice test. Go to the Activity menu in Brightspace and select Quizzes.

Each Practice Test will have an associated Test Quiz, worth marks, that randomly samples ten questions from that practice test.

These Test Quizzes are not “practice”. All Quizzes count toward your final mark.

The Test Quizzes are online and therefore open-book, but the midterm tests and final exam are all closed-book (as will be your job interview).

See the course outline for the mark weight of all course Quizzes, midterm tests, and exams.

2.1 Test Quizzes are not complete samplesIndexup to index

The Test Quizzes are only small random samples of the above Practice Tests. They will often repeat questions and not all practice questions may be sampled. You will not see all the practice questions by doing only the Test Quizzes.

To see all the practice questions, you must do all the questions in the actual PDF practice test posted in the Course Notes. Review the full PDF file; don’t rely on the Test Quizzes to prepare you for the test!

If you want to see all the practice question types that could be on the test, and only see each question once, use the PDF files from the Practice Tests and Answers page, not just the online Test Quizzes.

2.2 Test Quiz marking detailsIndexup to index

These Test Quizzes are not “practice”. All Quizzes count toward your final mark.

Each Test Quiz is sampled from one of the above Practice Tests. Each test quiz is ten questions long and you see the answers right after you submit the quiz. You can take the quiz as many times as you like. Every time you take the quiz, you get a random set of ten questions from the Practice Test. You will not see all the possible practice questions by doing only the random Test Quizzes; to see all the practice questions, you must do all the questions in the actual PDF practice test (given above).

All Test Quizzes close just before the Final Exam in this course; Test Quizzes submitted after the Final Exam begins may not count toward your best score.

Your mark for each Test Quiz is the average of your five best Test Quiz scores for that Practice Test. Examples:

Your Test Quiz score will be taken from the five best scores. The more times you do the Test Quiz, the more likely you are to have a set of excellent best scores. You must have five perfect Test Quiz scores in each quiz to get a perfect averaged quiz mark. Missing quizzes (fewer than five) count as zeroes. Only the five best scores are averaged. (Brightspace averages all the scores and thus displays your score incorrectly. Ignore the mark on Brightspace.)

All Test Quizzes close just before the Final Exam in this course; Test Quizzes submitted after the Final Exam begins may not count toward your best score.

Note: Brightspace displays the Test Quiz mark incorrectly, since it cannot calculate “best 5” and instead averages the marks of all your Test Quiz attempts. Your Test Quiz mark is actually the average of your five best attempts, not all the attempts as shown by Brightspace. Ignore the Brightspace mark; it is wrong.

2.3 Other QuizzesIndexup to index

The course may offer other quizzes than Test Quizzes. Those quizzes may have a different marking scheme. Read All The Words.

3 Midterm TestsIndexup to index

Midterm tests and the final exam are closed-book, no aids (just like your job interview). You will be given scrap paper to write on, and you may also write anywhere on the question sheet.

Midterm tests are 45 minutes long and take place in your 50-minute lecture class, not in your lab period. You must write your test in the lecture class section in which you are registered: 010 or 020.

Each midterm test is 45 minutes long and contains approximately 45 multiple-choice questions similar to those found in the Practice Tests posted under Practice Tests and Answers. There may be more questions on the test than you can answer in the time allowed; answer the ones you know, first.

Each midterm test is cumulative and includes questions from all previous tests and practice tests. Questions that were not well-answered on previous tests often re-appear on later tests.

Read the Test Instructions (all the words) before each test for important instructions on how to enter your name, student number, answers, your lab (not lecture) section number, and the test version code on the question sheet and on the mark-sense forms. Use the Algonquin Registered Name Game link to test the spelling of your name before the test.

I don’t answer questions about these test instructions during the test. Talk to me and get your questions answered before the test begins!

Put reminders for all your test dates into your phone!

3.1 Midterm Test #1 – 10% – in Week 6 – Thu Oct 11 or Fri Oct 12Indexup to index

Midterm Test #1: 45 minutes; in your one-hour lecture class (not your lab period) at the end of Week 6:

Note that your upcoming Midterm Test #1 is worth more than three assignments put together. Don’t spend all your time doing an assignment at the expense of studying the Practice Tests and Answers for the Midterm Test.

3.1.1 Midterm #1 TopicsIndexup to index

  • Weekly Notes 1, 2, 3, and 4, including the readings.
  • In detail: Weekly web pages up to and including Finding Files.
  • Minimal: Only a few simple questions on GLOB and I/O Redirection.
  • Worksheets 2 and 3
  • Assignments 2 and 3.
  • The 150 questions in the first practice test in Practice Tests and Answers.
    • This practice test is very similar to the upcoming midterm test.
  • Does not include anything about editors vim or nano.
  • Does not include anything about the Course Introduction.

For full marks, you must read and understand the Test Instructions before you write the test.

Here is Midterm 1 (October 2018)

3.2 Midterm Test #2 – 15% – in Week 10 – Thu Nov 8 or Fri Nov 9Indexup to index

Midterm Test #2: 45 minutes; in your one-hour lecture class (not your lab period) at the end of Week 10, just before the course Final Withdrawal date (Friday November 9):

Midterm #2 includes questions on the entire course up to the week before the test. Midterm #2 emphasizes material covered since Midterm #1, but it includes many questions from material covered in Midterm #1 (especially the questions from Midterm #1 that were not answered correctly).

Midterm #2 includes questions on the entire course up to the week before the test, and that means it contains questions from all previous practice sets.

3.2.1 Midterm #2 TopicsIndexup to index

Topics will be listed here closer to the date of the test.

For full marks, you must read and understand the Test Instructions before you write the test.

3.3 Previous Midterm TestsIndexup to index

You can see some midterm tests from previous terms in the Class Notes area of previous terms that I have taught this course. See my Teaching Home Page.

4 The Final Exam – 40% – in Week 15 – Final Assessment WeekIndexup to index

Your CST8207 Final Exam is now listed on ACSIS. The date is 8am to 11am on Thursday December 13 in the Gymnasium in A building.

The final exam is closed-book, no aids (just like your job interview). You will be given scrap paper to write on, and you may also write anywhere on the question sheet.

The Final Exam is a comprehensive exam of all course material, including all midterm tests and practice tests. Questions that were not well-answered on previous tests often re-appear on the Final Exam.

The Final Exam emphasizes slightly material covered since Midterm #2, but it includes many questions from material covered in Midterm #1 and #2, especially the questions from those tests that were not answered correctly.

The Final Exam includes questions on the entire course, and that means it contains questions from all the practice question sets.

The Final Exam is scheduled on a day in the Final Assessment Week after classes end.

For full marks, you must read and understand the Test Instructions before you write the test.

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