Throughout this test, please leave blank any questions that seem to involve concepts that you have not seen. You may also just leave something blank if you aren't sure of the answer. While the first few questions should make sense to everyone with programming experience, they do get more involved and harder, and we expect that many of you will leave some questions blank.
There is no explicit time limit on this test, and you may take breaks in the middle if you like. However, once you start, you may not write or "try out" programs, or read about or discuss programming topics, until you have completed the test. You may make whatever notes/drawings you like on paper or on a plain-text document of notes, or use (non-programmable features of) a calculator to do simple four-function arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply, divide). We envision that most of you will need an hour or two for the basic questions (not counting the final page of *optional* questions for those hoping to place into the second *year* rather than second semester of CS).
For placement for Fall 2016, please complete the exam by the end of Wednesday, August 24. (If this is not possible but you would still like to be considered for placement out of CMSC 105 in Fall 2016, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can arrange something.) Some grading will be done earlier, so you may get an answer sooner, and thereby simplify your own planning for the fall semester, if you complete the test by August 8th.
Remember that this test is designed to help identify those students who have had enough prior programming experience to place out of our first semester course and begin in 106, 107, or a 200-level course. If you don't have experience with computer programming, or just want to start in CMSC 104 or 105, you are welcome to enroll in CMSC 104 or 105 without taking this test.