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Coding on a whiteboard or paper/pencil may require you to use the academic portion of your cs knowledge. I know all my CS exams involve writing code on the test paper...

At MIT I did almost no coding on paper. For programming classes, most of the grade was always determined by very substantial coding projects and problem sets.

There was the occasional exam with some coding, but the coding was typically rather easy (i.e., to demonstrate a CS concept that you would have been recently taught, and practiced on a problem set) and not time pressured. There was also certainly no one staring over my shoulder.

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