Questions about test-based evaluation of student progress and achievement.

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Are there tools to prevent students from cheating on a programming exam administered on computers?

I'm teaching an Introduction to Computer Science Course, where we mainly do C programming. I've been assigned a lab for teaching the course, but there are more students than available computers. Also, ...
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When is it wrong to look at previous exams?

It is clear that if I study for an exam in 2014, then it should be okay to look at previous exams from the previous semester of 2014, exams from 2013, 2012, etc. First question: Is it wrong, however, ...
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Are Identical Make-up Exams Fair?

I recently took an exam, and our professor told us that we should submit our question sheets since 2 other students in our class are going to take a make-up exam. We were also told that we were not ...
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Prof disagrees with assigned textbook regarding an exam question

This actually happened to my wife, but for the sake of simplicity I'll talk about it as if it happened to me. I wrote a final exam for a university course last week, and a couple days ago I got my ...
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How can I remain motivated while studying for comprehensive exams

At my university, the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Computer Science have comprehensive exams. The exams retest the student on topics from designated core courses. The exams are separate from the ...
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Lectures and labs on the same day as an exam?

I'm taking a two day workshop at a technical institute, the instructor has said that all accredited courses must have final exams. Fair enough. Since this is such a short course the exam will be on ...
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Are there formal studies analyzing available test time versus performance?

Are there any studies showing that there is a direct connection (or a lack of a connection) between extending the time given for students to complete a written exam and their performance on the exam? ...
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How should bathroom breaks be handled during written exams to avoid cheating?

It seems to me that it is impossible to prevent cheating (as in: communicating and getting help from outside) if one allows students to use the restroom during written classroom tests. Excluding ...
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advantages and disadvantages of white-box testing of students assignments?

This is a fork of my question homework-testing-method-for-schools but i'm taking it in another direction. I was asking about a homework testing method that'll encourage students to write better code ...
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homework testing method for schools - how to encourage good practices and design and reduce reliance on proofreading?

I've looked a lot for this kind of question and couldn't find anything, I think the answers here could be helpful to schools. My collage has problems with it's homework testing system and I'd like ...
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Preventing leaking exam papers/cheating using phone cameras?

I work at an educational institution where exam papers are considered protected. Leaking the exam question sheet and taking photocopies or camera shots is considered illegal and is strictly ...
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Dealing with emails that could be interpreted as being endorsed by you

Student A had an examination the other day for a course that he liked very much and by a professor that he admires. There were only 4 students in the course. After the examination he opened his email ...
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How do I convince my professor to let me retake an exam?

I have missed my makeup exam this semester. We are given 3 chances at my university to pass a course, 1 regular, a retake and a third exam for those who failed the previous 2 ones. I missed the third ...
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Is it dishonest to guess on multiple choice exams?

I have never seen a thing, until recently, like someone not marking a cross on a multiple choice test just because he didn't know the answer. I wonder whether this is a East Asian right-thing-to-do ...
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Methods for Assessing The Performance of an Exam

What are some common methods for assessing how well a exam works, once you have the results back? This is something of a generalization of How to measure entropy of exam results. I've seen ...
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Using WolframAlpha for a take-home exam

Is it ethical to use WolframAlpha on a take-home exam for a math class? A couple qualifiers: this is a make-up exam where the original exam allowed for a scientific calculator but not a ...
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How to offer fair exam retakes?

Within my college, teachers generally allow any student who earned a D or lower on an exam, to retake the exam. While I do not need to follow this policy in my courses, many students expect their ...
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Access to Community Colleges in US

I'm a teacher in a Vocational Education school in Spain. In our Vocational Education system, we have two different levels: Vocational High School (post compulsory secondary school) Community College ...
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Is there an alternative to traditional exams?

It seems like the traditional exam model (two midterms at 30% and one final at 40% of the grade, closed book) is flawed. For instance: Students are not allowed to access resources, whereas in ...
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Should previous final exams be released to students?

In general, you can find the past exams for the past 15 years or so at my school. However I had one prof in Calculus III who chose to withhold his exams. This was the only instance in which a prof has ...
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Pedagogical reasons for time-limited exams

Reading the various questions about open-book and closed-book examinations got me wondering: Is there any sound pedagogical reason for a time-limited examination (closed or open) at the ...
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Are open-book exams generally a superior way to test understanding on practical courses?

I understand why it would be a bad idea to allow math students access to paper materials as it is necessary for students to know the basic math formulas by heart. But what about advanced practical ...
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Is it wrong to impose a challenging time constraint on exams?

I've noticed that many professors seem to impose extremely tight time limits on their exams, even though the subject in question would never have such extreme time constraints in real life. For ...
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Is it okay to report classmates cheating on exams?

Is it acceptable or ok to report on students cheating? Many times during a test or an exam, I have seen students in front of me either passing notes, or otherwise collaborating whenever the professor ...
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Should final exams be comprehensive?

I teach in the school of sciences and engineering in the university where I work. I have asked professors several times if the final exams have to be comprehensive, and I usually get mixed answers. ...
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Panic Attacks during an exam - Can the student be re-tested?

I am a student who is currently undergoing therapy for mental health issues and I seem to be making good progress towards normalcy according to my therapist. Recently, I took an exam for a ...
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Reviewing test answers with students using a Course Management System

When I give an online test using a Course Management System (aka Learning Management System, LMS), I like to use the "review answers" capability to go over the test with the class and highlight ...
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What is a correct way of evaluating the effectiveness of criteria for admissions?

Most colleges and universities in the US base their admissions on high school grades plus a standardized test (SAT or ACT). To decide whether a particular piece of data X is a good admissions ...
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Expectation of students in Graduate vs. Undergraduate STEM classes

I'm not sure if this question is okay to post here (I am only an undergrad), so please feel free to close/migrate if necessary. I won't be offended. I am an undergraduate taking an undergraduate CS ...
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How can a proof question be asked online?

Let us consider a quiz question whose answer is a proof. For instance, a question in mathematics, such as prove that for every natural number $n$ the quantity $n^3-n$ is even. How could such a ...
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How to prevent students from having an unfair advantage on exams, when they are held on different days?

I teach a writing course to different sections, across different days of the week. From the schedule, some students will take their mid-term exam early in the week, while others will take it later in ...
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Is it good practice to let students consult their text materials during exams?

I teach undergraduate level courses in the humanities. Following practice in my department, I have let students take their texts for consultation during their written exams. They can choose a number ...
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How to deal with procrastination and delays in final assignment of undergraduate class?

This semester I taught an optional course for undergraduate students. While I find it normal that fewer students attend optional classes, presence in class itself was low even for the enrolled ...
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How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
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How to measure entropy of exam results

In this answer to a quora question, the answerer mentions how the 'entropy' of a set of exam results can be used to measure how well the exam differentiates between students. Should I be computing ...
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Designing Tests for Industry

I'm currently designing tests for people working in technology support. I am the current subject matter expert (SME) in my group for these topics. The exam is essentially open-book multiple choice, ...
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Is it possible my TOEFL score be decreased?

I heard that if you take TOEFL exam several time your score will never decrease. Is it correct? It seems rational, if TOEFL is a standard test, its difficulty level should be equal in all exams. For ...
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Is there a case for SLOs?

SLO stands for student learning outcome. At the community college where I teach, what seems to have happened is that our accrediting body told us we had to have them, and since they effectively wield ...
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What do I do with my exam tomorrow given that I supplied medical certificates

I missed 3-4 weeks of class this semester due to a medical condition. This was around 3 weeks before exams which meant I had to catch up with other subjects as well as doing assignments and tests. ...
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Scantron Tests For Math Courses

I'm a student at State University of New York. My math professor gives scantron exams which consist of true/false questions for calculus and graph theory courses. Each question presents a problem and ...
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PhD approved by advisor, rejected by examiners

This has recently happened to an acquaintance of mine. A bit of background, in Australia, we do not 'defend' the thesis, we submit it to be examined by, usually, 3 academics (in the country or ...
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University Test Bank Website- Potential Liability Issues?

I have an idea for a website, which I'm afraid may land me in trouble. I want to create a website where students from the university I attend can submit exams that they took (with scores of 90% or ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to mis-indicate exam study material?

Scenario: Lecturer tells students six sections of material to study for the exam, but the xam only covers two of those sections. Practice exams are completely different to actual exam. Answers to ...
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Techniques to remain focused while marking examinations

Marking exams can be long, boring, and un-engaging. It is important one remain focused though to ensure that the evaluation is fair to each student. What are some methods one can employ to maintain ...
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Students who did poorly on the final exam

There are a handful of students in my course who came to class, did acceptably well on the midterm, and contributed to the (group) assignments, but did poorly on the final exam. The exam was a ...
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about referencing of exercises? [duplicate]

I am using different programming books for extracting problems to be applied to a group of students for practices and exams. I would like to know if its necessary to put from where I took the ...
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How to Scale the Grades for an Examination?

I am the teaching assistant for a course in economics, and one of my responsibilities is marking examinations. I had just finished marking the midterm, and the grades were very poor. The details are ...
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In-class pop quizzes (online) and how to moderate them

I teach an undergraduate course in thermodynamics. In class pop (surprize) quizzes account for about 10% of the grade. I use canvas for my in-class quizzes (and to collect homework assignments, start ...
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Student missing exam for “medical reasons”

I have a student who failed at my exam three months ago, and was supposed to show up for a remediation exam this week. The date was announced long in advance, and the student failed to show (all the ...
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English certifications: which ones are recognized overseas?

In the European Union we have a "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages". In practice all language certification programmes have one of those levels associated to them (ranging from A1, ...