CS10 Midterm Logistics

Material Coverage

The midterm will test material covered since the beginning of the semester until week 9 (inclusive) -- everything we have done in class (readings, lectures, labs, homework) up through, except what was covered only in discussion.


The midterm will be administered in two parts, a with-Snap! part (worth 10 points) and a traditional, paper part worth 50 points. The first with-Snap! part will be administered during the lab section that you assigned to attend. (Please see Piazza for the details of lab assignments for the midterm.) Lab starts at 10m after the hour, and you will begin your lab by filling out a feedback survey. At 30m after the hour you will be handed a single question and you will have 90m to work on it (until lab ends). For example, if you attend the 11am to 1pm section, the survey will be completed between 11:10am and 11:30am, and the with-Snap! part of your midterm will be administered between 11:30am and 1pm. The first part of the midterm will be done on the computer, and you will each sit one computer per student. You will submit your final answers on bSpace. Please note, that you may not use any outside materials (cheat sheets, labs, notes, etc) during the online portion of the midterm. Unlike lab, we cannot allow collaboration on a test.

The second part (the "paper midterm") will be administered at the time and place listed on the course webpage. It will be done on paper, and we will provide a list of the blocks you will need to answer any questions. (There is no need to memorize a list of blocks, but you should be comfortable using the blocks you've seen from labs and homework.) The style of this part of the midterm will be similar to the Quest: we will ask you questions on the readings, on various concepts, and on programming in Snap!. You are allowed two study sheets of size 8.5" x 11", handwritten on both sides.

Please let the staff know if you have a legitimate conflict with the times of the midterm administrations so that we can make alternate arrangements. Please let us know by the deadline listed on the corresponding Piazza post; we cannot help you if you inform us the day before the midterm.

Review Session

There will be a review session for the midterm, time and place listed on the course calendar.


First off, don't panic! Drink some chamomile tea, take a deep breath, and maybe even read this comic strip. Work through the labs and homework once again, and ask questions if anything is unclear. We have also posted previous Midterms below. You may find them useful to get a sense of how the midterm will be structured and what may be on it.