High School Teacher needs idea for semester exam

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    High School Teacher needs idea for semester exam

    This is my first semester to teach Visual C++ and would like to hear some ideas for a semester exam. We have finished up passing variables in a programmer defined method. Any good ideas out there?

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    When I was teaching C++ in college back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, an exam favorite of mine is to post some bugging code and give the students points for each bug they found (and why they thought it was a bug). Tougher bugs were weighted appropriately and it really let you know at the end of the day who was paying attention and who really "got it".
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    Thumbs up Nice very nice

    Thats a good idea...and I am going to use it. Thanks alot.

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    nice, that is a good idea. :]

    i wish tests in all subjects were designed around proving/demonstrating a working knowledge of said subject. multiple choice was a little too ... blunt of a testing instrument, not much fun. i guess in some subjects you can't help it, history for example is probably more of a 'fact memorization' thing rather than interactive problem solving thing.

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    Mental execution of code

    One unspoken aspect of my suggestion also is that while some bugs students will find because they are "the usual suspects" the really good ones could play computer and execute the code in their mind. Thus things that look perfectly logical on paper would reveal themselves to be errors only after mental execution. These are the students that I would cherish.
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