On Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9/25-27/2018, our first exam will be given. I will email exam instructions to your proctor, for those that are using that option for taking exams. For you, the exam can be taken anytime between Tuesday and Thursday (needs to be finished and submitted by 11PM). I'll let you all know in another Announcement after I've sent the email to the proctors, as it's very important to ensure they received it. This will most likely occur Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.
For those taking the exam on campus, the Open Lab instructor when you go will have the instructions for you. Please be sure to bring a photo ID with you to the exam - either your WVU ID or driver's license. It's not necessary to let me know what time you plan to attend the Open Lab for the exam but it will be open according to the times on this schedule: https://cs101.wvu.edu/help/open-lab/
For everyone, you will get 50 minutes to work on the exam. Note this time period includes any break you may take. Think of it as being in a normal classroom where there is no extra time given beyond the end of class. Every semester there are cases where someone takes too long on an exam (someone using an off campus proctor). Please be aware this is very easy to detect and you will be penalized points (best case) and possibly lose all credit for the exam (worst case for a first offense).
As you'll find, exams are very similar to HW assignments - you'll be given a set of instructions to follow, probably some data to import and will create a finished project to submit (on our course website, just as you submit HW files). Exams are closed book, closed notes, etc. The only help you can use is the Help function within the application at hand (Excel in this case).
One commonly missed fundamental part of Excel is using different cell reference types. Please be sure you review the different type (relative, absolute, mixed) before the exam. Here is a brief refresher:
This is a relative reference: C5
This is an absolute reference: $C$5
This is a column absolute mixed (note $ in front of only the column letter): $C5
This is a row absolute mixed (note the $ in front of only the row number): C$5
Just remember that "absolute" means "$". That "$" tells that column letter or row number "stay put and don't shift around if I copy you to other cells".
Finally, for anyone who still hasn't taken the Exam Proctors & Policy Acknowledgement Survey, you can do so from this link. Failure to complete this survey will force you to (1) only take exams on campus in the Open Lab and (2) have a hold remaining on your account, which means you can't view your grades and will receive a failing grade for the semester.
If you have any questions about the exam, please let me know.