CS Readiness Assessment Information 2020

1 August 2020 revised

From: Stephen R. Rose, Computer Science Teacher (srrose@fcps.edu)

TO: Computer Science Readiness Test Applicant

This memo will tell you something about what you can expect on the Readiness Test.

The test will be held on Wednesday, 5 August, 2020, at 10:00 A.M., and again on Saturday, 29 August, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. The test will be given onLine. It will be on BlackBoard. The test will be in two parts, a written part and a programming part. The programming part will be mailed in. You will have approximately 3 minutes per question for the written part. You must achieve an 84% score on the written part. There are seven packets: five programming packets plus Computer Number Systems and Boolean Algebra. The programming packets do not stand alone. You may need to read Java books to understand the concepts. Questions will come from the concepts in the packets.

The programming part will be in Java. You will mail a flash drive with your solution to the Sample Programming Problem. Your flash drive should be in an envelope labeled with your full name and “2020 CS Readiness Test”. Your solution will be graded separately from the written part. In your solution to the Sample Problem, you will demonstrate good use of the concepts of classes, interfaces, graphical user interfaces, file reads, and methods. Your code should be well commented. Your programming solution will need to achieve a 90%. Your program will be run with Java 8. You may not create a Package for your code and you may not use JavaFX. You can find useful information on the Foundations of Computer Science web page.

I want you to do well and demonstrate Computer Science Readiness. To increase your chance of demonstrating readiness, you will need to review all the packets and work at least some of the programs in each packet.

Please read the application forms carefully and fill out the application forms neatly. A misunderstanding will delay your application. Remember that we intend for you to teach yourself this material. We are not available to help you learn Java.

We want original application documents with original signatures. However, your Guidance Counselor and your Mathematics Teacher may email me your grades to @email using “Subject: CS Readiness Test and your name.” You must submit your application and program by mail – preferably in the same envelope. Your documents for the 5 August test should have already been received. Your documents for the 29 August test must be received by mail delivery time at TJHSST on 24 August 2020.. You may not email these documents.

However, this is a different year, regardless of assessment outcomes, course availability and enrollment will be dependent upon in-person and online learning options to be finalized later.

This is a serious undertaking requiring study and preparation. I wish you every success.

Attachments:

SAMPLE PROGRAM for CS Readiness Test

TJHSST Computer Science Placement Test Request / Verification Form