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Final Examination Breakdown

Hello there.

I'm wondering more specifically how the midterm grades are factored into the final examination. I guess it also has to do with the structure of the final exam. The course website says:

"We will have two written intermediate bonus exams, which each count 25%. An intermediate exam counts only if the grade is better than the grade in the final exam."

The thing that confuses me slightly mathematical. If 2/3rds of the information of the class was covered by the midterm exams, why are the each worth 25% of the final grade? Will the final examination include 3 equally-sized parts including questions from material covered in the 1st exam, 2nd exam, and then that information covered afterward? Is the information covered after the two exams worth 2 times as much?

I'm mostly asking as a product of what to study. Imagine that you obtained a perfect grade for one of the midterms and thus there is no way to get a better note on the final for the corresponding information. Does this mean one can avoid studying for this particular information and skip over a section of the final exam? If so, I suppose I don't understand how the replacement works exactly.

Thanks for any clarifications.
Posted by Nathan Evans on Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 16:08
Once you got good grades in immediate exams, you are most likely to get bonus points for the final. Read the grading scheme again.

My recommendation is to do all your best in the final. This is your optimal strategy since you are not exempted to answering any question.
Posted by Le Hung Vu on Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 16:39
please is it possible to upload in the website a past year final exam for preparation.
Posted by Hever Patrick Ngallemo on Friday 21 December 2007 at 10:23