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thanks edulix..i was waiting for this forum to open

so here is my first question..in india we mostly have semester exams with each paper having 100 marks...options to solve, mostly bookish questions and so on

would like to know from the seniors how exactly are the written exams in US??

other that the written exams what other type of exams are conducted or what other type of projects/presentation are related to a student's grade

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10-27-2007 08:50 AM
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In a typical course, you have 1-2 mid-terms (usually 50-60 minutes long each) covering only certain portions of the syllabus. For most grad classes, 1 id term is considered typical.

You then have a final exam worth usulaly about 30-50% of your grades. The balance is from homework, term papers, final projects, etc. Final exam is not usually on al matter covered in the semester/quarter. It is only on subjects after 1st or 2nd semester.

Questions are not always direct. They require understanding than mugging. No 2-3 page wriing for a single question as common in India.

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to add to wat editor sir has said....

it totally different here....as a mater of fact i have no exams of any kind in a couple of courses...will write in detail soon ....

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thanks for your replies...waiting for details from u kuchcha

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And you'll have things like open book exams.If not open book,some instructors allow a crib sheet and you need to be careful about crib sheet specifications.

When allowances like these are in store,you should take the cue.Study hard.And more importantly,study smart!

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Beware of open-book and take home exams they are much much harder than standard in class closed book exams.

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do these open book tests count towards our marks/grades??

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akshaypb16 Wrote:do these open book tests count towards our marks/grades??

Yes ofcourse, unless stated otherwise.

Almost all the tests / quizzes / projects / assignments that you do, will count towards a certain % of your final grade.

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a special thanks to all edulix seniors and admins for answering my queries..

a few more questions:
(1) we always keep hearing that the US education system is better than the indian ones? what factors do u think make the US education sys better?
frm the course curriculums that i have seen while shortlisting my universities..i have seen that the flexibility of the course is one major factor..any others??

(2) how are the exam question papers in the US?? some one here mentioned here that the questions arent direct?? i would also like to know about the format of the question papers in general...objective/subjective/case study oriented?

dont know if my questions sound matured..but i think these are the general doubts that would come to any student's mind entering into the US education system

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akshaypb16 Wrote:a special thanks to all edulix seniors and admins for answering my queries..

a few more questions:
(1) we always keep hearing that the US education system is better than the indian ones? what factors do u think make the US education sys better?
frm the course curriculums that i have seen while shortlisting my universities..i have seen that the flexibility of the course is one major factor..any others?? Arrow from wat i have seen the course is more practical oriented.. and there is a lot of understanding involved... also the test pattern is such that u work throughout the sema nd u;re mark does not depend on one single day's performance...

(2) how are the exam question papers in the US?? some one here mentioned here that the questions arent direct?? i would also like to know about the format of the question papers in general...objective/subjective/case study oriented? Arrow all of them are involved... there are no fixed patterns. it really depends on the prof... and he is sure to keep it in such a way that a person with a good understanding ofthe subjet wil be able to answer...

dont know if my questions sound matured..but i think these are the general doubts that would come to any student's mind entering into the US education system

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thanks a lot to all seniors for answering my queries
i request others to post some more queries which i might have missed out...

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Valuable information here. This forum is useful.

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The exam system depends totally on the prof and the nature of the course.

1> first in case of the stats exam, we have a midterm and a final exam each of 20% and 30% and homework(to be done alone) is 20% and miniproject(to be done in groups) is 30%.

2> secondly in case of a subject called organization management, we need to submit only two cases analysis(one is individual and one is group project)....20% is from class participation.

3> to protect urself from screwing ur GPA, u can take a course as pass/fail if its not a core course...and u get credits and it doesnt affect ur GPA

4> if ur interested in a course, but just want to learn and dont want to do any work....u can audit the course, no GPA no credit....if u r not motivted, u end up wasting 3hrs/week.

there are three types of exams

1> in class closed book....normal

2> in class open book - super-screwed...

3> take home(jus think, take home exam at the end of a semester) - super-duper-screwed.

more later....

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hey fellas... how about credits? how r u goin for it?
takin 12 will be difficult? or better because less work load will be ok later as u may have some more time for ta etc?

good work akshay.. people ask queries...
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waiting for 'more later' stuff from kuchcha Smile

i would also like to know the recruitment procedures for internships/full time in US..is it similar to what typically we have in india..that is...aptitude tests then tech and HR interviews/GD etc???

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