Test 1 (Fall 2020)
Test 1 will cover the material the following material:
- Lessons 1.1 through 1.3
- Lessons 2.1 through 2.6
- Lessons 3.1 through 3.4
- Readings for Weeks 1 through 6
The exam will consist of 30 five-answer multi-correct multiple-choice questions. 20 questions will come from the lectures, roughly evenly distributed between the Unit 2 and Unit 3 lessons. 10 questions will come from the readings, roughly evenly distributed across the readings.
Each of the 30 five-answer multi-correct multiple-choice questions is eligible for partial credit. You will receive one point for each answer you correctly select, and one point for each answer you correctly leave unselected. For example, imagine the question, “Which of these are planets?” with the options Earth, the Moon, the Sun, Jupiter, and Mercury. If you were to select “Earth”, “the Moon”, and “Jupiter”, you would receive three points: two points for correctly selecting “Earth” and “Jupiter”, and one point for correctly leaving “the Sun” unselected. Every question has between 1 and 4 correct answers; there is no question where no options are correct or where all options are correct. No credit will be given on any question for which you select no answers or all the answers; this is to prevent blank or completely-filled in submissions aiming for half credit with no subject matter knowledge.
You will have 120 minutes to complete the test, and you are permitted to use books, notes, or the course video material. You may not interact with anyone during the exam, but you may visit the course Piazza forum if you would like as long as you do not post.
We proctor our tests with a tool called Honorlock. Honorlock uses your webcam, microphone, and screen capture to observe your test session and ensure you adhere to test policies. Note that Honorlock requires Chrome to run.
Prior to completing a real test, you should first complete the on-boarding process. First, in Canvas, go to Honorlock on the left sidebar, and then select the On-Boarding Quiz. Follow the prompts to enable proctoring, then proceed to complete the on-boarding test. Note that the on-boarding test is equipped with the same settings as the real test, so you can use this to experiment with how you will open notes, view documents, etc. during the real test.
Taking Your Exam
When the exam window opens (at least one week before the exam deadline), go to Canvas and select Honorlock on the left sidebar. This time, select Test 1. Follow the prompts to enable proctoring, then continue to take the test.
No room scan is required. The test is open-book, open-note, open-internet: you may consult any materials you want as long as you do not interact live with another human being. This means you may not post on Piazza during the exam, text during the exam, talk on the phone during the exam, or use a separate unproctored device during the exam. Any suspected attempt to gain live support from another person during the exam will result in a student misconduct case, which can lead to a 0 on the exam, sanctions including academic probation, suspension, or dismissal, and prohibition from withdrawing from the class.
That said, remember that Honorlock is not automated proctoring: it is remote asynchronous streamlined proctoring. All violations are flagged and reviewed by the instructor or teaching assistant. In this class, you will not automatically fail your exam because someone came into the room or you had to briefly get up and answer the door. If it is clear that no unauthorized collaboration could be happening (e.g., we can hear the conversations you’re having), then there will be no repercussions.
This test is graded out of 150 possible points (30 questions, 5 options each). Your grade and feedback will be returned to you via Canvas. An announcement will be made via Piazza when grades are returned.