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Post by Alex Tatge on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:41 pm

Does anyone know what the basic layout of questions is?

I know they start off with basic CompSciA - type questions, but where does it go from there, class-wise?
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Post by HTang on Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:51 pm

CS written tests? They basically just involve reading code segments and figuring out either what certain lines output or how to perform a certain function. Generally, knowing what different classes/data structures do/how they work is enough to do moderately well on the test. Off the top of my head, there's been stuff on Maps, Stacks, Queues, 1d and 2d arrays, and various recursion. The only remaining issues are from minor details, like precedence and such.

People in CS1 should be able to do at least half of the test or so, depending on the difficulty of the test and how much material they've covered. CS2 should be able to do the whole test. However, even if you haven't covered the material in class yet, you can sometimes/often figure out questions using the reference sheet.

Also, all of the above is contingent on CS written tests not changing drastically in the past year.
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Post by Michael on Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:54 am

Types of questions:

Question1 - base conversion/operations
Simple code statements - usually test knowledge of order of operations
Class declarations - will test knowledge of OOP in class extensions and variable modifiers
Regex
Boolean algebra
Recursion (requires solving the stack)
Recursion (requires figuring out the purpose of the code)
Data structures - will ask you output when a data structure is used, or give you code implementing one and ask you the type
Big O (efficiency) - sorts, data structures, sometimes random code segments
Sorts/searches - usually will give you code, and ask you for the type of sort/search and the output

*Many questions require knowledge not required in class, such as regex.

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Post by Alex Tatge on Thu May 07, 2009 10:11 am

Thanks.
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