University of Calgary

Iverson Computing Science Exam

Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 14:46.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The official Iverson exam time in Calgary region is 9:30am - 11:30am on May 27, 2014. If your high school is not open or has special events conflicting with the exam time, you may write the exam at the University of Calgary main campus. The room information will be announced closer to the exam date. If you cannot write the exam on May 27, you may also write the exam on May 28. Please indicate where and when you plan to write the exam on the registration form. All students who have participated in the exam will receive a certificate for participation and performance feedback. Only students who wrote the exam during the official exam period will be qualified for the award competition.

What is the Iverson Exam?

The Iverson Computing Science Exam, named after Alberta’s own Computer Science pioneer Ken Iverson, is a provincial-wide examination that is NOT confined to any particular programming language.  Instead, it is designed to test your computer science skills, primarily logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Although the exam currently has no official standing in the university entrance requirements, students with outstanding scores from this exam will be admitted into our fast track program in addition to the tuition-credit awards..

Incentives

The  Iverson  Computing  Science  Exam  is  designed  specifically  for  Alberta  high  school students,  yet  with  a  taste  of  the  ACM International  Collegiate  Programming  Contest.  In addition, students with outstanding performance in the exam could win entrance scholarships to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. We have up to four $500 cash awards or $1000-tuition-credit awards to recognizing outstanding students in this exam. The tuition-credit is only to be awarded to outstanding students who will enroll in our first year courses as CS major.

All students who have participated in the exam will receive a certificate for participation and performance feedback. Furthermore, a strong performance on the Iverson exam gives you the privilege to be enrolled in our first year fast-track course,  CPSC 235, which gives you a nice boost early in your academic life. It will set you up for success in the coming years.

Exam Format

Information about the exam is available from the University of Alberta. Topics and sample questions will be posted there.

Date/Time

The official exam is scheduled from 9:30am – 11:30pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. If you cannot write the exam on May 27, you may also write the exam on May 28. However, only students who wrote the exam during the official exam period will be qualified for the award competition.

Location

The exam will be conducted at all participating high schools. Please contact the computer science teachers at your high school for location details. If your high school is not open or has special events conflicting with the exam time, you may write the exam at the University of Calgary main campus. The room information will be announced closer to the exam date. Students who are writing the exam on campus will also have the opportunity to tour our labs after the exam.

Qualifications & Registration

You need to be an Alberta high school student to write the exam. Computer science course credits are not required, as long as you have a strong or equivalent knowledge of computer science.

Please NOTE:  Registration for the Iverson 2013 Computer Science Exam is now closed.

Further Information

If you need more information about the Iverson exam at the University of Calgary, please contact

Dr. Mea Wang
meawang at ucalgary dot ca
403.220.6785

or

The University of Calgary, Department of Computer Science
phone: 403.220.6015

Iverson 2014 Winners

Iverson 2014
Sisson, Desmond (1st Place)
Western Canada High School
Verkhovskaya, Anna (2nd Place)
Western Canada High School
Salazar, Santiago (3rd Place)
Western Canada High School
Winder, Anthony (4th Place)
Western Canada High School

Listing of Previous Iverson Winners

Iverson 2012 Iverson 2013
Squires, Anthony (1st Place)
Western Canada High School
Sisson, Desmond (1st Place)
Western Canada High School
Dong, YuFan (2nd Place)
Sir Winston Churchll High School
Garg, Shubham (2nd Place)
Sir Winston Churchill High School
Rong, Teng (3rd Place)
Western Canada High School
Cai, Bill (3rd Place)
Western Canada High School
Su, Chang (4th Place)
Western Canada High School
Verkhovskiy, Boris (4th Place)
Western Canada High School