Overview of Testing

All tests and the final exam use WebAssign. Tests are 75 minutes in length (final exam 135 minutes), and WebAssign will time you automatically from the moment you download the test. So bring a watch with you and pay careful attention to the time you start the test.

Phone usage is not permitted in the testing center. However the testing centers do have calculators that you can borrow if you need a calculator and don't have one. So if you are accustomed to using your smart phone as your calculator, be aware that you can't do that in the testing center. Either take a separate calculator or borrow one from the testing center.
Bring whatever you like to the test except for phones (books, notes, calculator, scrap paper, etc.). There are no restricted web sites. (Use of the row operations tool is essential for the first and second tests, and the matrix tool is optional for the first test and very helpful for the final exam.) Keep in mind, however, that we can't guarantee that online tools you might pick will work properly for you during the test. The only "official" tools supported in this class are the matrix tool and the row operations tool. Whatever other things such as calculators or websites you may choose to use are used at your own risk.

Make a note of your score on the test (the grade of your final submission) before you leave the test room. You will not be able to see your test after your time has expired.

Test Logistics and Location


The DE Proctoring Service provides two locations for students to take tests and the final exam. These locations are described at the DE Proctoring Service web site.  All our tests have about a week-long window during which you can take the test. It is not necessary to make a reservation.

If you live more than 50 miles from campus, you may attempt to negotiate special arrangements for taking tests without coming to campus. If you wish to pursue this option you should see the remote testing page at DE Proctoring the first week of class. That page will give you a deadline for submitting a remote proctor for the approval of the DE Proctoring Service. Once your remote proctor has been arranged, you will need to inform Dr. Page that you will be taking your tests with a remote proctor.

The computers at DE Proctoring the computers are Windows desktop computers. You will want some time to get accustomed to your computer and to get logged into the NCSU Unity computing environment. When you report to the DE Proctoring Service for a test, allow time to find parking.

Whereas you are allowed up to 50 submissions on WebAssign homework, you are allowed only 3 submissions on the tests. (This means that you can submit each question up to 3 times.) These submissions must be used BEFORE time expires for the test. Make sure you know when your deadline is for finishing the test, and make sure your watch is accurate. (When you go to your list of current WebAssignments, you can see the WebAssign timestamp inserted at the bottom of the page. Check your watch against this. But remember to do it immediately when the page is downloaded so the time check will be accurate.)

WebAssign does not warn you when time is running out. If you wait too late to attempt your submission, your submission will be rejected,

The Tests are Just Like Homework


All assignments, tests, and final exam are done using WebAssign. The homework assignments may be done at home or anywhere you choose. The tests and final exam will be on the NCSU campus at designated times. On homework assignments you are allowed up to 50 submissions for each question, and on tests and the final exam each question can be submitted up to 3 times.

The format of the tests will be similar to the WebAssignments used for homework except that you will have limited time (usually 75 minutes) and you will be limited to 3 submissions for each question.

The final exam will have the same format as the tests, will be 135 minutes in length, and will cover the entire course with special emphasis on Part 6 of the course which is not included on any of the three tests.

Many of the questions on the tests and exam will be very similar to problems you have encountered previously in the WebAssignments.

Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities that require special arrangements for assignments or tests should contact me as early as possible in the semester to discuss such arrangements.

Tools


Students sometimes ask about optional tools to use to help with graphing in Part 2 of the course. Use of special graphing tools is optional. If you have a graphing calculator that you depend on, you are welcome to use it with your WebAssignment homework as well as during tests at the DE Proctoring Center. The DE Proctoring Centers will allow you to use your own laptop computer as long as it runs on battery power. (Sufficient electrical outlets are not available for plug-in use during tests.) And for taking the test itself, you must use one of the The DE Proctoring Center's own desktop computers.

With your own devices (including laptops), it's okay to use any software or websites you know how to access. But the computers used for the tests do not allow access to external websites unless they have been specifically authorized. A few websites are permitted, including the following ones ...
You cannot find these via searching at the testing centers, but if you type them in exactly as shown here, they should work.

Important: These websites are not required, recommended, or supported. They are simply available for "use at your own risk" for students who think they might be useful.