What are the Python Programming Test and DATA 200?

DATA 200, Computational Programming for Data Analytics, is a remedial course in addition to the 10 required courses of the MSDA degree. As a remedial course, DATA 200 does not count towards earning your degree. The tuition cost of DATA 200 is $2,250 for Special Session students, and the cost will vary for Regular Session students based on the number of units they are taking and their residency status.

The admission status of all students admitted to the Fall 2020 semester is “Conditionally Classified”. Each student is required to pass the Python Programming Test (waiver exam) in the first week of the admitted semester or the DATA 200 class during the same semester. Students may choose to skip the Python test if they already know they want to enroll in DATA 200.

Due to COVID-19, the test will be conducted online for Fall 2020 only. In order to ensure each student has an opportunity to take the test, the test will be conducted during the first two weeks of August 2020.

The scope of this test includes Python language, data structures and algorithms. The test consists of multiple choices, short questions, and/or coding exercises.

The status of a student who has passed the Python Programming Test or the DATA 200 class will be changed from “Conditionally Classified” to “Classified” at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

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