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CS 4610 - Programming Languages - Exams


This course will have two midterm examinations and one final examination. The final examination is cumulative.


You are allowed to bring two paper-sides of notes (either one page, front and back or two fronts). You may laser-print them using some micro font if you like, but it may not really help you: you'll spend much of your time squinting and looking up information on your cheat sheet.

The exams are not open book. You may not use electronic devices of any kind.

Midterm 1

An answer key for Midterm 1 is available.

Hints For The Final

The Programming Languages final exam is a take-home essay exam. The final exam is open book.

In general, all of the topics covered in the course (either in lecture, in the written assignments, in the programming assignments or in the required reading) are fair game. The following list of topics is not necessarily exhaustive (although it is close); you are responsible for all of the material.

Within the large topics of Typing and Opsem, "basic questions" (e.g., "what is operational semantics?") will be worth proportionally more points than "advanced questions" (e.g., "give an opsem rule for this new pyscho for loop").

The "big" topics won't necessarily be huge parts of the exam time-wise or space-wise, they'll just be worth more points. For example, it's not clear that there are massive detailed questions we can ask about each such topic, but whatever we do ask will be weighted heavily.

Practice Exams

Here are some practice exams from other similar courses at other universities. These courses are not exactly the same as this one, so these practice exams may not be indicative.