Semester vs. Quarter Schedule: Pros and Cons


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In general, how many weeks are there in a quarter?

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1. In general, how many weeks is a semester?

2. Name one advantage of the quarter system.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are scheduling differences related to semester and quarter-based systems, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of those differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to recall:

  • A school that offers many internships and study abroad opportunities
  • How many weeks are generally in a quarter
  • An advantage of the semester-based system
  • The usual number of weeks in a semester
  • One advantage of the quarter system

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the advantages and disadvantages of quarter and semester schedules from the related lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast facts, such as the number of weeks in a semester system and in a quarter system
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a school that has variety in its offerings

Additional Learning

To learn more about semesters and quarters, check out the accompanying lesson called Semester vs. Quarter Schedule: Pros and Cons. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between semesters and quarters in a university setting
  • Understand the academic year of a semester-based schedule
  • Recognize the operation of a quarterly schedule
  • Identify the pros and cons of semester and quarter-based school schedules
  • Find out about several school systems that are based on quarters