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    Testing

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    Can one take the AP Computer Science, BC, Exam effectively with little knowledge of terminology and similar, but good practical knowledge of the langauge which exceeds the posted standards?

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    I have a fairly good working knowledge of Java; I can do low-level animations, understand threads, and understand all of the standards of AP Computer Science, BC, which is in Java.

    However, I do not, for instance, know what the "." (I've heard it called the "dot-separator") is called officially, or much else of the official terminology.

    I have been given the opportunity to test out of this class.
    I HAVE NOT been given the opportunity to take this class.

    If I do not test out, I will not touch Object-Oriented programming for a few years in the classroom.

    Academically speaking, would this be a good idea for someone in my position?

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    I think that's a pretty simple answer... if you are NOT being offered OOP unless you manage to test out, then try it- what is the worst that could happen? you don't test out and you are in the same boat you are in now- from my understanding of it: unable to take said course and unable to take any OOP courses

    what I don't understand is that if you are being offered to test out, how is it you are not being offered the class period? usually the test-out-of-a-class option is offered to a class that you are either in, or are eligible to take.

    if the choice is take the class or try to test out (and if you fail you are SOL); then I would take the class. That is sometimes the option in college (no clue what level of school you are in)... they will allow you in the first week or so to take the final, and then you find out in the end of the semester what grade you got... but you have to be in the class first

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    Odd situation

    Quote Originally Posted by alykins View Post
    what I don't understand is that if you are being offered to test out, how is it you are not being offered the class period? usually the test-out-of-a-class option is offered to a class that you are either in, or are eligible to take.t
    Well, it is a fairly odd situation:
    My teachers are aware of my interest in programming and that I have taught myself on my own time. They are willing and able to request the exam, which will be mailed to the school and I can take it.
    However, said class is not offered in either the physical school or the Virtual School program, so I cannot take the class; my only option is to test out if I want to have the credit.


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