Throughout the semester, you will take 7 quizzes (50-minute) that will have a mixture of short questions and short coding questions (similar to the questions that appear in your HW). You will also take a 3-hour final exam at the end of the semester. This course uses the College of Engineering Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) for its quizzes and final exam, all offered via PrairieLearn.

Please familiarize yourself with the policies of the CBTF. The policies of the CBTF are the policies of this course, and academic integrity infractions related to the CBTF are infractions in this course.

Any problem with testing in the CBTF must be reported to CBTF staff at the time the problem occurs. If you do not inform a proctor of a problem during the test then you forfeit all rights to redress.

Quiz 0 (Linear Algebra Review)

In the second week of the semester, there will be a review quiz over linear algebra topics. You will be able to earn extra points if you decide to take this optional quiz.

There will also be a practice quiz0 that is not for credit. The purpose of the practice quiz0 is for you to review background course material before quiz0 and to learn more about what a PL quiz will look like in the CBTF and how they function.

Note: as there will be homework assignments before later quizzes, there will not be practice quizzes for the other quizzes.


As per the syllabus, your performance on each assessment is worth 50 points (“Quiz 0” will contribute to the extra points component).


You are responsible for scheduling your own exam time. Visit CBTF to choose your time!

Taking Quizzes / Final Exam

  • You must take your quizzes as scheduled with the CBTF, and only on the scheduled day and time. If you do not take the quiz (e.g. by not scheduling an appointment, by not reporting to the facility at the scheduled time, or by not performing the required work), the quiz will be counted as a zero.

  • There will be no exceptions to this scheduling policy except in cases of severe emergency (e.g., loss of life or limb). Examples of events that do not qualify as emergencies include (but are not limited to): transportation problems, conflict with work schedule, important family vacation, or computer problems. The policies of the facility apply during each quiz for aspects such as late arrival and emergency closures.

  • See the below section for appropriate documentation required for quizzes missed due to university-approved activities.

  • If you miss a quiz for any reason and you realize you missed it while it is still within the quiz period, then you must contact the CBTF proctors immediately. If it is sill within the quiz period, then depending on the circumstances and pending availability, you may be able to reschedule. If you fail to contact the proctors immediately, then you forfeit the opportunity to take the quiz.

  • No aids other than a writing utensil and paper provided by the facility are allowed in the CBTF. In particular: If you are seen near a phone, MP3 player or other digital device (turned on or not–it does not matter) during an quiz/exam, you will receive a grade of zero for the assessment.

  • Extended illnesses or emergencies should follow the policies outlined by the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Only quizzes taken in accordance with these rules will receive credit. Any deviation from these rules will lead to the quiz in question being assinged a grade of zero.

  • You are not allowed to discuss the quiz with other students during the quiz period. Please refrain from discussing the questions until after the quiz period ends.

Reviewing Quizzes

When you finish your quiz, you will see the correct answers and your score on the quiz. As you are reviewing your quiz at the end, please take a mental note and memorize any questions you have regarding the quiz as you will not have access to the quiz once you leave the CBTF.

After the quiz period has ended, you may come come to office hours the following week (Monday-Friday) and ask specific questions regarding the quiz. After the Friday following the end of a specific quiz period, no additional questions regarding the quiz will be addressed. You will need to bring specific questions about the quiz as the TAs and CAs will not open your quiz and go through it with you.