What a ridiculous final exam!


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Posted by Nick Milianes on December 20, 2001 at 01:16:03:

In all seriousness .. what a ridiculous final exam. First of all, a program example that spans 3 pages and then requires students to flip back and forth between pages to answer questions is just a real pain in the butt.
Secondly, I would think that there would be more value in having students attempt to work through code that they may actually see in some real world environment. Function calls involving variable names (Hmmm .. p, q, and r, for example?) that are passed as parameters, then used in a function that AGAIN calls them the same variable names in a different order, which then returns an int value that is assigned to the SAME variable name is an utterly absurd way of doing things, and its only purpose is to completely confuse students and cause them to fill in the wrong answer. I understand the idea that final exams are supposed to be tough, but I really think that this one pushed the envelope a bit far. Just my .02 cents ...


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