10. Review and exam 2

Review Topics

General Information


  • Make sure you follow along with this page linked in Canvas
  • Please keep your microphone off unless you are asking a question
  • Please turn on camera if you can (optional)
  • Use chat if you would like to comment or ask questions


See Announcements link in Canvas to keep up with what is going on. Here are a few other items:

  • Complete vaccinations required to visit campus or sign up for future terms (instructions)
  • Allowed one extra day on Week 10 Labs. Now due Wednesday 10/27 @9pm
  • Remember that some lab solutions are posted in Canvas Modules
  • Food & Housing Resources: free food, meals, temporary and permanent housing
  • COVID-19 Resources and Information: Includes loaner-laptop information
  • Campus WiFi Access
  • Extra credit bonus points for the first student to report a problem in course materials

Exam Preparation and Homework Help

10.1: Exam 2 Preparation

  • Must attend the exam at the scheduled time or receive a score of zero (0)
    • Except for unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reasons
  • Be on time as you can only work on the exam during the scheduled time
  • The exam covers material from the first 9 weeks
  • Exam question types include multiple choice, short answer, and programming problems
    • See practice exam for examples
  • We will take the test in Canvas using the LockDown Browser.
  • Make sure you have completed the Pre-Exam 2 Computer Check in Canvas

LockDown Browser Support

  • Who has completed the Pre-Exam 2 Computer Check in Canvas?
  • How many people were able to copy code from Lockdown browser to Replit? (Mac vs Windows)
  • How many people were able to copy code from Replit to Lockdown browser?
  • How many people were able to copy code from Lockdown browser to cpp.sh?
  • How many people were able to copy code from cpp.sh to Lockdown browser?
  • Updated Pre-Exam 2 Computer Check in Canvas

10.1.1: Administration and Exam Rules

  • Use restroom before starting the exam. Leaving exam means you are done.
  • Exam length is about 45 minutes.
  • Exam is closed books, closed homework, and closed notes except one 3" x 5" card of handwritten notes.
  • Exam work area must be clear: only a computer, 3" x 5" card, and one sheet of blank scratch paper.
  • Your exam computer must have the LockDown Browser installed for the exam
    • Verify your computer with the Pre-Exam 2 Computer Check quiz
  • We will start the exam in a Zoom room to answer questions, verify 3x5 cards and scratch paper, and position phones
  • Join the Zoom room using your cell phone--not your computer!!
    • The browser interfers with Zoom during exams
    • Install the Canvas and Zoom apps on your phone
  • No computer applications open except the LockDown Browser.
  • Must NOT use the computer to:
    1. View documents on the Internet
    2. Look at pre-existing code
    3. Open documents of any kind
    4. Send messages to anyone but the instructor (instructor via Zoom chat)
  • No devices near work area including but not limited to earbuds, headphones, or cell phones, except for one cell phone positioned for Zoom call.
    • The exam includes a built-in calculator
  • Other allowed computer uses are entering, compiling and running code using an online compiler provided in the exam.
    • Cannot use any other compiler or editor except the one provided
  • Start the exam with the LockDown Browser
  • No switching between computer desktops or an automatic 0.
  • Must NOT communicate with anyone but the instructor during the exam
    • Find a separate room or space for the exam if possible
    • Make certain other people in your home know not to disturb you during the exam
    • Students are responsible for not invading third party privacy rights with their webcam or phone
  • Send questions or other messages to the instructor during the test via Zoom chat

About Audio and Video

  • In normal class meeting I do not require audio or video.
  • However, an exam is not a normal class meeting
  • Audio and video are required during the test
  • Students are responsible for selecting private spaces for testing
  • Students must ensure that any recordings do not invade the privacy rights of any third party

About Compiling

  • Code that does not compile contains an error
  • When given the tools to compile, your code must compile for a good score
  • Expect a substantial penalty if your code does not compile
  • Also expect to lose points for every error in the code
  • If you are having problems compiling, comment out the parts that do not compile
  • Partial credit is available if you comment out your problem code and your code compiles

3"x 5" Card Requirements

  • Put your name on your card
  • Maximum card or paper size is 3 inches by 5 inches
  • You may use both sides of the card
  • Notes must be handwritten and NOT photocopied
  • No more than three statements in a code sequence on the card — only snippets
  • Any 3" x 5" cards violating these rules will be denied use before the exam

10.1.2: Test Preparation Resources

You have many resources to help you review and prepare for the exam as shown below.

  1. Textbook
    • Table of contents: expand and review the sections for each chapter to locate information
    • Search: type in keywords to find topics, click links and search in the page
    • Participation Activities (PAs): Review the PAs as needed to refresh your memory of concepts
    • Challenge Activities (CAs): Verify you know how to write the code snippets
  2. Lesson notes
    • Instructor's notes: review and expansion of textbook topics
    • In-class exercises: review the practice problems we worked on during class
    • Your notes: written down before, during or after class
  3. Lab projects
    • Review the lab projects completed each week
    • Instructor project solutions (in Canvas)
  4. Practice exam questions in Canvas
  5. Instructor, SI and tutors: ask questions
    • Student hours: see Canvas Home page
    • SI study sessions
    • Q & A discussion
    • Email
    • CS tutoring hours: (see Homework Help above)
  6. 3x5 Reference card

Exam Stress

Do you:

  • Feel stressed about exams
  • Feel your heart pounding or breath quickening
  • Feel doubt you will do well on the exam
  • Avoid studying for the exam
  • Delay taking practice exams

Stress Benefits

  • Research shows stress can be good for you (source)
  • Heart pounding and breath quickening means your body is giving you more energy
  • Tension means your body is giving you more strength
  • Stress can improve your performance on exams
  • The key to making stress work for you, instead of against you, is your mindset towards stress

Adjusting your Mindset to Harness Stress

  • Worry less about making feelings of stress go away
  • Insead of being anxious, tell yourself you are feeling excited or invigorated
  • Focus on what you are going to do with your increased energy, strength and drive
  • Put the energy to use to better prepare for the exam
  • Review notes and questions, prepare your own questions and take the practice exam--multiple times
  • Prepare that 3x5 card

Exercise 10.1: Reviewing Exam Questions

The extra credit for this week was to take the practice exam multiple times and attempt to complete it perfectly (100% correct including code).

Arranging the Reviews

  • For the review, the instructor will create a breakout room.
  • If you would like to be among the first called, put your name in Chat when prompted
  • You will be in a waiting room and invited in for instructor review one project at a time.
  • Continue to work on your ZyLab 10 (activate from Canvas), Lab 10XC Practice exam, or other projects, while waiting
  • If you miss your turn, rejoin the meeting to get added back to the queue

During the Review

  • The instructor will review each student's practice exam for 3-4 minutes each with the student


Last Updated: November 27 2021 @23:51:31