Before the Exam

Grading and Assignment Solutions

  • All grades for on-time submissions will be in Gradescope or in your hosted repositories by the end of Thursday before the exam starts.
  • Paper sample solutions are available on the corner window sill shelf in the Microfocus.


The chapters we have used in the DDCA, CSAPP, and SCO books include many good problems. Inventing problems by making small changes to homework/lab problems is also useful.

Concept Practice materials will be available at Wednesday and Thursday evening sessions and online the week the exam starts. Regular drop-in hours continue in the week of the exam. The staff is happy to help with your review questions.

The Exam


  • The exam is a handwritten paper exam only.
  • The exam is closed-book, to be completed individually, as a weekend take-home.
  • The exam is designed as a slightly overfull in-class exam. We allow the weekend take-home window to remove time pressure.
  • The exam covers all material from the start of the semester through the Floating Point topic, including everything in the Computer Hardware Implementation part of the course.
  • The front page calendar and topics pages on the website provide two complete views of the topics involved.
  • Expect problems similar in style to those you have seen on assignments, scoped for the exam timeframe.


  • You may sign out your exam in person at the end of either lecture section on Friday or during Ben’s Friday afternoon drop-in hours.
  • You may not skip lab to work on the exam.
  • You must sign in your exam in person with Jean before 8:00pm Monday (the end of the last lab of the day).

Rules and Resources

  • You may optionally prepare one 2-sided 8.5x11” handwritten note sheet ahead of the exam and use it during the exam. If you use a note sheet:
    • You must show your completed note sheet to the instructor when you pick up the exam.
    • You must submit your note sheet with the exam.
  • No calculators or other electronics are allowed.
  • No other resources are allowed.
  • During the exam window, you may not communicate about the exam or 240 material with anyone except the instructors.
    • If asked about the exam or 240 material, the only acceptable response is “I am not allowed to talk about the exam at this time.”
  • Any violation of these rules is an Honor Code violation and will be handled through the relevant processes.
  • Should any emergency or extenuating circumstances arise before you submit the exam that may affect your ability to submit the exam on time (and without missing lab), contact all of your instructor (Andy or Ben), Jean, and your Class Dean as soon as possible.
  • Under normal circumstances, missing lab on Monday will result in loss of credit for that lab, with no make-up option.