What are the Entrance/Exit Assessments?

Computer Science majors are required to take an entrance assessment during their first semester enrolled in the program, and an exit assessment during their last semester. Below are some FAQs about the assessments.

Who has to participate in this assessment process?

All undergraduates are required by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to participate in the entry-level assessment process during their first semester of attendance as a Computer Science major. They are also required to participate in the exit assessment during their last semester.

Why do I have to do this?

While your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are assessed by the UIS general assessment, it is important to also assess your Computer Science knowledge.

What is the assessment process like?

  • Computer Science majors complete an entrance assessment exam when enrolled in CSC 305 their first semester.
  • Students complete an exit assessment exam in CSC 405 during their final semester before graduation.

Do I need to study before taking the Assessment Exam?

You do not need to study. In fact, we prefer that you do not. The exam is designed to assess knowledge you should have when you graduate and not your current knowledge. You will take a similar exam during your final semester that will document your progress.

What happens if I don't do well on the assessment exam?

There are no passing or failing scores for the assessment process. Scores are used by the Computer Science Department to determine if we are helping our students meet specific learning objectives.

If you have any questions about the assessment process or this exam please talk to your Computer Science advisor or send an email to Dr. Roger West.