The computer-based tests in 1206C are designed to be part of the learning process, not just evaluations. This page offers suggestions on how to use them effectively. See the Course Policy Sheet for information about schedules and rules for taking proctored tests.

  • Look Early: Practice tests are available after the beginning of the semester. Take one before the material is covered in class to clarify objectives and focus your work.
  • Look Several Times: Each test is different. They are similar in layout, and variations of individual problems are all aimed at a single skill or understanding, so there should not be any huge surprises. However you should review three practice tests to see the range of variation and get practice problems.
  • Look Carefully: Problems are carefully stated to focus the work. Possible answers in multiple-choice questions often contain clues that further focus the work. This is done to simplify complicated problems or to focus on one part of a complicated procedure. However, it means that if you do not read the problem (including answers) carefully then you will probably end up doing extra work.
  • Look at solution notes after working problems: Scored tests have correct answers indicated, and a short comment on working the problem. The comment is supposed to help figure out what went wrong if you got the problem wrong. Don't look at the comment before you work the problem (for instance, if you have printed out a test) since this almost cancels the benefits of working on practice tests.
  • Don't wait until the last day: Proctored tests can be taken for credit as many times as you feel necessary (as long as you have unexpired or unused tickets). The best score counts. Waiting until the last day reduces the number of credit tries to one and if it goes badly there is nothing you can do about it. Final scores for people who wait until the last day are usually a full grade lower than for those who start earlier.
  • Beware the third test: Most people find the first two tests straightforward or familiar and scores are high. Don't be deceived by this. Scores on the third test are often much lower, and may become a limiting factor in final grades. Be ready.