CS Placement Exams:  CS 1301, CS 1331, CS 1371

Date:  First week of fall semester classes -  CS 1301 on Monday

Time:  See below

Location:  See below

During the first week of fall semester CS offers Placement Exams (incoming summer or fall freshmen only) for CS 1301 and CS 1371. If a transfer student or continuing student wants to take the exam for 1301 or 1371, they must sign up for advanced standing and pay the $90. The CS 1301 exam is 5 p.m. on Monday, August 22nd and the CS 1371 exam is 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 23rd. The CS 1301 exam tests programming skills and students can use any programming language on the exam. The CS 1371 exam is language specific to MATLAB and will thoroughly test the student's MATLAB knowledge. Students must know MATLAB extremely well. Self-taught students usually don't pass.

The CS 1331 exam is offered as advanced standing only, so anyone who wants to take this exam must pay the $90.  It will 
be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, August 23rd. CS 1331 is language specific to Java and will thoroughly test the
student's Java knowledge. And as with CS 1371 (except Java instead of MATLAB), students must know Java extremely
well and self-taught students usually don't pass. It has a pass rate less than 50%. Also, many students with AP credit for
CS 1301 will think they are qualified to pass the CS 1331 exam because their AP course taught Java, but CS 1331 is much
more in-depth than what is covered in an AP course.

Students who are interested in any of these exams can contact Cathy Dunnahoo cathy.dunnahoo@cc.gatech.edu for instructions to sign up. It's really important that students who sign up for these exams are qualified and it's reasonable to expect they could pass. Sometimes students will indicate that they want to take an exam just to see how they do and we strongly discourage this. We only want serious students taking the exams because the instructors have to grade these exams quickly (usually within 24 hours) so that we can assist those students who pass with registering for the next course. Last fall we had about 50 students take the 1301 exam and another 50 the 1331 exam. Usually only a few students take the CS 1371 exam because most students don't have MATLAB knowledge.

A score of 70 is required to pass any of the three exams and receive credit for the course. Students who are border-line, low 70's, are usually encouraged to take the course instead of the placement/advanced standing credit. For CS majors and Mathematics majors who might be interested in minoring or majoring in CS, it's really important that they have the strong foundation in programming and Java provided by 1301 and 1331.

CS 1301. Intro to Computing. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to computing principles and programming practices with an emphasis on the design, construction and implementation of problem solutions use of software tools.

CS 1331. Intro-Object Orient Prog. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to techniques and methods of object-oriented programming such an encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Emphasis on software development and individual programming skills.  Prereq CS 1301 or CS 1371.

CS 1371. Computing for Engineers. 3 Credit Hours.
Foundations of computing with an introduction to design and analysis of algorithms and an introduction to design and construction of programs for engineering problem-solving.

Questions?  Contact the CS advisor Cathy Dunnahoo, cd@cc.gatech.edu,