There will be weekly tests covering whatever transpires in the class including introductory remarks, discussion of the news, student presentations, class discussion and lecture. Tests are taken only by classroom and web students. All tests are of the short essay variety. The top grade on a test is a 10. At the end of the semester, your lowest test score will be deleted.
For classroom students. Your tests will be given out on Thursdays at the beginning of class. The tests will cover all lectures and discussions not covered by the previous test. Your first test will be Thursday, September 12 and will cover the classes of Thursday, September 5 and Tuesday, September 10.
As the tests will start promptly at the start of class and will be handed into the instructor or student assistant after five minutes, it is of vital importance that you not be late for class. Handing in a test with your name on it gives you a score of 4. If you do not take the test, you will be given a 0.
You are not permitted to hand in a test for a student not in attendance. If you do so, this will be considered as an example of academic dishonesty. You are also not permitted to consult your notes.
If you provide advance (12 hours minimum) notice to the instructor, you will be permitted to take an online test instead of the normal classroom test. In addition, for compelling reasons, and at the discretion of the instructor or teaching assistant, you may be given an excused absence. An excused absence (given a grade of “a” in the gradebook) is not calculated when computing final test averages and hence does not lower your test average. (With less than 12 hours advance notice of an absence, the instructor will try to provide an online test at your request but there is no guarantee that your request will be honored.)
For web students. Your tests will be due on Tuesdays at the same time as your quizzes. Your first test will be due Tuesday, September 10 at 9:00AM. It will cover only the class of September 5. Your second test will be due Tuesday, September 17 and will cover the classes of Tuesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 12.
Web students will be able to take their tests beginning on Friday but they must be completed by 9:00AM on Tuesday. You will also have 5 minutes to take your test and will be given 4 points just for the submission of the test. If you are in the Web section, you are free to consult your notes.
Because you have 4 days to take your test, you will only be given an excused absence for the most compelling reason. An excused absence is not calculated when computing final test averages and hence does not lower your test average.