CS 314 Test Study Aids
Tests in CS 314 are the major tool for evaluation. About 65% of your grade is based on your performance on the Exams and finals. In general tests will be 20 - 30% short answer questions and 70 - 80% coding questions. The coding questions focus on your ability to work with and create abstractions AND create and code algorithms.
CS314 Exam 1 | CS314 Exam 1 Solution | CS314 Exam 2 | CS314 Exam 2 Solution | CS314 Final | CS314 Final Solution |
Fall 2016 | Fall 2016 | Fall 2016 | Fall 2016 | Fall 2016 | Fall 2016 |
Spring 2016 | Spring 2016 | Spring 2016 | Spring 2016 | Spring 2016 | Spring 2016 |
Spring 2015 | Spring 2015 | Spring 2015 | Spring 2015 | Spring 2015 | Spring 2015 |
Spring 2014 | Spring 2014 | Spring 2014 | Spring 2014 | Spring 2014 | |
Spring 2013 | Spring 2013 | Spring 2013 | Spring 2013 | Spring 2013 | Spring 2013 |
Fall 12 | Fall 12 | Fall 12 |
Fall 12 Note the key has a typo on the last question. The recursive call to isPresent should use the variable
newWord , not
word . |
Fall 12 | Fall 12 |
Fall 11 | Fall 11 | Fall 11 | Fall 11 | Fall 11 | Fall 11 |
CS314 is a new class starting in Fall 2011 so there aren't many old tests to study from. CS314 tests will be similar in structure to the tests from the old CS307 class, but the material will be different. From the table below use the CS307 Exams 1 and 2 to study for the CS314 Exam 1. Use the CS307 finals to study for the CS314 Exam 2.
The way to maximize your chances for success on the tests are:
attend lectures
take notes in lecture
attend small sections
start early and complete all assignments
if you get stuck on something (a topic from lecture, an assignment, or a sample test problem) ask for help!
take the sample tests as practice exams, limiting yourself to the time allotted
write out code to question on paper and then check your answers on the computer
study for the test in groups, discussing answers to sample Exams and section handouts
do the assigned reading and review notes from lecture
get help as soon as your have difficulty. (Mike's office hours, TA lab hours, Proctor lab hours, discussion group, study groups, UT tutoring.)
The way to maximize your chance of doing poorly
don't do the things above
wait until 1 or 2 days before the assignment due date to start
study for the test merely by looking over the slides. CS 314 tests are about your ability to create and implement non-trivial algorithms. There is very little simple recall involved. I am testing your critical thinking and problem solving skills.