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Questions related to exams or tests in computer science courses or classes. Use this tag when asking about various aspects of exams and tests in specific computer science fields.

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Is there a computer science certification program outside of academic programs?

Nowadays, the standard way to learn computer science is at a university, though a formal computer science degree program or at least coursework. What I've been wondering is if there is a certification ...
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Have databases disappeared at GCSE?

I am tutoring a student in GCSE level computing science- the OCR exams specifically. I also tutor A level as well as the Scottish equivalent. My other students all need to know SQL for their courses, ...
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How to design a cloze test for a programming language?

I teach a course on C++ for 2nd year undergraduates in computer science. So far, the exams in my course contained mostly code-writing questions, such as "write a class that implements a binary tree ...
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Seeking advice on mentoring without participating in exam cheating in the new chaotic environment of the pandemic

I mentor online (in assembly language and computer architecture) at  The way I work is to have a zoom meeting with a student to instruct them on what they are confused or stuck on. ...
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How to limit access to tests on Blackboard?

I need to create tests on Blackboard and customize access time for different groups of students. Anyone knows how to do this?
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How can I design online tests and prevent cheating?

As you may know, schools in many parts of the world will remain closed for a long time due to the coronavirus outbreak. In Italy, the government has invited schools to provide remote teaching, and ...
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Would it be beneficial to learn computer science (or other computer related stuff) from 5-6 year old material?

There are so many resources on the internet for self-learning computer science, such as the MIT OCW courses. However, some of those courses are around 5 to 6 years old taught in 2012 or 2013. There ...
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Is there a better way to validate student learning?

I'm a student in an undergraduate Computer Science program with several years of experience before coming to university. As I began working through the coursework here, a large problem stuck out to me....
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Test takings strategy tragedy

Are students generally aware of test taking strategy or do I need to emphasize this? I have to ask because I often reuse tests and some years all the students breeze through with plenty of time, and ...
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How to phrase questions about spotting design issues in programs

I like to give my students questions asking them to find and correct design issues in code. As an example, I gave them the following question: ...
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Using questions from a code-competition website in homework and exams

There are various websites like codewars that present programming challenges in various languages and difficulty levels. I looked at some of their challenges and they seem to be more creative than me ...
Erel Segal-Halevi's user avatar
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The order of questions on examinations

I am almost painfully aware of the importance of examinations as a way to create emotionally important memory-recall events, and therefore their vital importance in learning itself. Within the ...
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Conflicting meaning, between exam board / teaching resources, and technical meaning

I will soon be teaching a lesson on ROM, RAM, and virtual memory. The problem is with “virtual memory”: Some of the teaching resources correctly use the phrase virtual memory, and physical memory, ...
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How to handle objections to the wording of test questions or answers?

I try to include a wide range of difficulty in the questions on quizzes and tests, from very obvious to quite subtle. The more subtle questions might hinge on a distinction of singular vs plural or ...
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Testing students on recursion - tracing by hand

After learning recursion in class, students take a test (a few lessons for teaching the subject, and then a test), and are then given a grade. The test is on paper, and I can't change that fact. All ...
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