Starting in Fall 2013 math faculty worked on developing a complete common final exam to be required to be given by adjuncts and as an option for full time faculty. The first semester that it was widely used was Spring 2014 Since the first implementation, the questions have been reviewed and changes have been made as necessary. One of the purposes of the common final is to give instructors guidance on the competencies that are most important. Another purpose is to identify where students are doing well and also not so well so that we as instructors can adjust our teaching. Each instructor receives their individual reports as so they can compare their data from semester to semester.
The current version of the final exam consists of 23 (#1-23) ‘no calculator allowed’ questions and 23 (#24-46) ‘calculator allowed’ questions. They are all multiple choice except for #45 is free response. The number of choices on each varies from 3 to 10, including a choice of “other”.
The department chair sends out a reminder and instructions a few weeks before final exam week.