Unit 10: Post-AP Exam Projects (4–5 weeks)

Lesson 2.00: Test Review & Reteach


Objectives — Students will be able to…

  • Re-learn or strengthen content knowledge and skills from Unit 1.

Assessments — Students will…

  • Re-submit test answers with updated corrections for partial or full credit

    • Credit depends on instructor preference

Homework — Students will…

  • Read BJP 2.1 except for “Mixing Types and Casting”

  • Correct any incorrect test answers by re-answering on a separate sheet of paper

    • To get back credit, they must justify their new answers

    • Staple new answer sheet to old test and turn in tomorrow

Materials & Prep

  • Projector and computer

  • Whiteboard and markers

  • Corrected student tests

  • Student grades (posted online, emailed to students, or handed back on paper in class)

  • Digital copy of test questions for projector

Pacing Guide


Total Time

Bell-work and attendance


Class discussion (if needed)


Test review and reteach


Check student notes and return tests



Return student grades before class begins or while students are completing the bellwork.

Do not return students’ tests before the review session, since you want to motivate students to pay attention to the entire review, taking supplemental notes the entire time.

Bell-work and Attendance [5 minutes]

Class Discussion (if needed) [10 minutes]

  1. If grades are low, invite the class to a discussion of what can be improved. Begin with student complaints and suggestions to build student buy-in. Ask students:

    • How they felt they were going to do before the test

    • What surprised them once they were taking the test

    • What they felt worked in the first unit (lessons, review strategies, assignments)

    • What do they think they want to change for the second unit

  2. Once you feel that a dialogue has been established, validate students’ feelings, then challenge them (e.g. AP courses are stressful, but this is good practice for college, where the pace is faster and professors don’t give personalized instruction). In a non-judgmental, supportive tone, remind students that to be successful in the course:

    • Reading is mandatory

    • Homework is mandatory (And valuable! You will never assign “busy” work.)

    • To better manage their time, students should plan for 1 hour of homework a weeknight, with up to 2 hours of homework each weekend. If this seems impossible, they should meet with you or their guidance counselor to assess whether they can fit in an AP class at this time.

    • It is VERY important to keep your tone sympathetic at this point—an overworked, overstressed, underperforming student will slow your entire class down, and color that student against CS for the future!

Test Review and Reteach [30 minutes]

  1. Walk the students through each question on the test, glossing over questions that everyone answered correctly.

    a. You can ask for students to volunteer answers, or call on students randomly. Make sure that students explain their logic when they answer. If a student gives an incorrect answer, the explanation will tell you what you need to re-teach or clarify.

    b. Do not skip questions that everyone answered correctly, but do not spend more than the time it takes to read the question, and congratulate students’ correct answers.

  2. Project a copy of each question as you review—this will help students recall the question/process the information.

  3. Make sure that students are taking notes during the re-teach, reminding students that for homework, they will have an opportunity to win back some of the points on their exam.

  4. For Section II questions, select a sample of student work (with any identifying information obscured), and work through the answer together as a class.

Check student notes and return tests [5 minutes]

At the end of class, check student notes, and return the tests in hard copy form if applicable.

Accommodation and Differentiation

The curriculum does not officially cover the char type since it is not included in the AP subset. However, if your class is progressing quickly, feel free into introduce char into all future examples, worksheets, and tests.

In ELL classrooms, you should give more examples for each type, and spend more time drilling during the introduction and note-taking segments.

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