MCS Data Structures Proficiency Exam Instructions (PrairieLearn Demo)
From Eric Huber on 06/14/2019
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This short video shows you how to access PrairieLearn and prepare to take the MCS Data Structures Proficiency Exam. PrairieLearn is located at this URL: https://prairielearn.engr.illinois.edu
The main information page for the exam is here: https://cs.illinois.edu/admissions/graduate/applications-process-requirements/data-structures-proficiency-exam
Here are some important notes about using PrairieLearn for the exam: (These are also shown in the video.)
If you are not an Illinois student yet, you must have either a Google account or a Microsoft account to log in to PrairieLearn. The "Illinois" login button is only meant for current Illinois students. Prospective students need to choose one of the other options. Gmail users should use the Google option. The Microsoft option is compatible with certain corporate Microsoft Exchange or Azure accounts, but unfortunately not all Microsoft accounts. Please make sure that you're able to log in to PrairieLearn with the same email address you are using for your MCS program application, and do this before the proctoring session begins.
You need to add the course that says "MCS Data Structures Proficiency Exam," which will have a "CS 225" course number. Please note that after adding the course, you should click the "PrairieLearn" logo in the upper-left to return to the main screen. There you'll see the course that you have added.
Please also note: During the actual exam, you shouldn't use the top navigation bar in the PrairieLearn interface to go back. That could cause the exam to be password locked again, in some cases. Instead, during the exam you should use the "Assessment overview" button, which appears in the right-hand margin, to return to the overview.