How to write and share a computer science exam
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A recent study by the National Association of State Computer Science Teachers found that students in the country’s biggest computer science schools, with a combined enrollment of more than 50,000 students, are more likely to pass a computer-science test than students in smaller schools with less than 50 students.
The NASSETS report, which looked at data from the state of California, found that California students who took computer science class at the state’s most popular schools in the fall of 2012 passed a computer engineering exam by a wide margin, with more than two-thirds passing it.
That compares with less in-state and more regional schools, where students took the test less often.
The most recent NASSET report found that of the nearly 6,000 college-level students who graduated in 2012, more than 90 percent passed the college-credit computer science exams, and about half passed the AP exam, which is based on coursework.
California has had more than 1,000 computer- science classes since 2007, according to the state.
Students can take up to seven courses a semester.
Students who take a computer program can be considered advanced, and students who take two or more courses in computer science are called advanced.
California students who enrolled in a computer education program in the past four years, for example, have passed the computer science AP exam more often than students who have not taken the AP or IB exams.
In the past year, California passed an additional 11 computer-related exams, including a state-mandated exam for high school students that will require more than 300 hours of online preparation.
In addition, state regulators are requiring students to complete more advanced courses to be considered students of advanced status, including computer programming.
“It’s really a very exciting time for our students to be able to take AP exams,” said John Linn, the superintendent of California’s Division of Computer Science and Technology.
“We want our students going into college to be equipped to learn and to succeed.”
The state has passed at least nine computer-coding tests this year, including the AP computer-programming exam and the IB test for high-school seniors, which the California Department of Education says is among the most rigorous in the nation.
California’s state universities, which have about 10,000 undergraduate computer science students, have also seen strong enrollment growth.
They have offered computer-based instruction since 2007.
The schools are among the top 20 in the U.S. in computer-engineering programs, and they are often the top destinations for computer science majors, who tend to be more motivated to take the AP exams.
In the past three years, the number of students who are pursuing advanced degrees in computer sciences has increased nearly 60 percent.
“They’ve really started to grow,” said Steve Ressler, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Southern California.
“In the last few years, there’s been a lot of enthusiasm about the AP and IB tests and what they represent for college students, and there’s a lot more interest in computer learning.”
Some computer-sciences programs are taking students from other states, and the schools are finding ways to get students from across the country to study with them.
California recently created a computer course that takes students from around the world to help them prepare for the AP test.
But the program has faced resistance from some of the state�s most powerful computer-scientists, who say the California program is too expensive.
“We’re not getting the quality that we need to be getting from the students that we’re enrolling in,� said Brian Avila, a computer scientist at the California Institute of Technology.
The AP exam is taught by students in a classroom, with the AP team in a separate room, which can cost about $20,000 to $30,000 per course, depending on the course, according the agency.
Students who take the exam will take a test in which they can review and practice the answers to multiple questions, including “what is a string?” to find out if they answered correctly.
The AP exam takes about a day to complete.
The California Department in September set up an online program, Advanced Computer Science, for students who want to take that exam.”
This is the only way we can get the best students,” said Paul Pascucci, the executive director of the California College and Career Institute, which created the program.
Pascucci and other experts said students should be given the chance to take advanced classes before they take the computer-improvised exam, to ensure that they know what they�re getting into.
But Avilas said the program doesn�t go far enough.
The state is also looking to add more classes in computer education, he said.”
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