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

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Is it possible to show proficiency and earn a university degree in mathematics by sitting exams? [on hold]

I know this sounds kind of cocky, but I want to take up a career in mathmatics, though I don't want to spend my time in uni as I feel profiecent in respects to what is taught in university level ...
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Should I appear in a test, if I have not completely prepared for it? [closed]

It happened with me just yesterday. There was a class test, and I decided to not appear in the test because my preparations were not complete. 3 chapters were coming, and I could finish only 2 of ...
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OMR Open Source [migrated]

I work for an institution that has to process a very large number of multiple-choice answer forms on a regular basis. We have adopted a commercial solution that is very expensive, plus we've begun ...
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Should I accept an incompletely answered multiple choice questionnaire?

I gave a multiple choice questionnaire as examination, without penalties for bad answers. Despite this, some students didn't answer some questions. They probably didn't understood that it was ...
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How to inform a student about my appreciation of his/her original solutions

In the final exam of a course, a student has solved some problems in a really ingenious way. He gets perfect score anyway. What is the appropriate way to inform him about my appreciation of his ...
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When is it wrong for students to ask about previous exams known to change?

Variation of When is it wrong to look at previous exams? Suppose students are taking a certain subject and are divided into classes A and B at different times but under the same professor. Say the ...
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On discrimination in retake exams

I'm experiencing a practice at my university where the overall number of students who would pass the exam is adjusted based on how many students passed the first exam, so the retake exam contains ...
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What is the purpose of an undergraduate viva for a dissertation?

What is the purpose of an undergraduate viva for a dissertation? In the viva the supervisor is present who moderates the viva and a second examiner who asks the questions. Lets say that my ...
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Why are cumulative tests typically weighted so high (U.S.)?

Is there an academic justification behind most U.S. classes weighting exams at very high percentages of the overall grade in a course? So if a student does exceedingly well throughout the course in ...
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I had an irregularity report and charge that was filed against me in my examinations. What can I do to reduce the damage? [closed]

Yesterday, I sat for an elementary mathematics examination that counted as part of my preliminary examinations. Generally, I usually follow the rules in the examinations. However, as I did the paper, ...
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Providing Students Formal Exam Feedback?

I'm in the process of finalising my exam for my unit in second semester (based in Australia). The exam will have 3 essay questions out of a total of 6 that students will receive prior to the exam. ...
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Does repeated retakes of a test with average score of all attempts allow manipulation?

I am working with a computerized Course Management System which provides many options for scoring a test or activity - one of them is "Average of All Attempts". I thought that was: 1) a bad idea, 2) ...
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Is it fair to offer students a last-minute extension to finish a test?

A friend of mine who is a CS grad student at a US university took a class in which the students were given an extra hour on a two-hour exam. The trouble is that this offer was made in the last five ...
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Will my Professor tolerate this medical excuse again? [closed]

A week ago In one of my classes I e-mail the professor and asked to reschedule one of my quizzes due to illness generated from sleep deprivation, she accepted and was highly considerate of my ...
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Another student used my completed work, what should I do? [closed]

I took a class a year ago, another student currently taking the same class had asked about my assignments to guide her in her work. I explained to her how intense the class is and sent her a copy of ...
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Debating with a Professor During an Examination

I'm currently facing a peculiar situation. I have an open book Algorithms exam tomorrow and on the professors website for the course he specifically says: "Open book (only original hardcopy of the ...
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Should cheating be expected to be more common in Universities in India, and if so, how could any provided credentials be evaluated for authenticity?

I was a bit surprised to see the extent of cheating going on during state matriculation exams in Bihar (one of the states in eastern part of India). Looking at the images posted at twitter, it looks ...
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When to get a doctors note if I might have to miss an exam?

I've got a midterm tomorrow and have been increasingly ill for the past few days. I need to decide whether or not I'm going to write the midterm, and if I don't I'd need some sort of proof that I was ...
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How to find exercise problems as a graduate student?

I took my first graduate course as an undergrad last semester and it seemed that graduate student exams are much more open ended. Not only do they require you actually know more stuff (i.e. remember ...
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How do professors interpret normally distributed midterm or final exam scores?

I had recently taken a class where things are poorly taught and much of the studying was self study. This then turned the course into a function of time and workload, and the resulting midterm mark is ...
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Student protest to force university to institute safety changes [closed]

A tragic event has occurred at my university where a student was killed because of negligence on the part of the university. The student body is organising a protest to force the university to amend ...
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Measuring Learning outcomes

I'm teaching a math course which covers several mathematics topics including differential equations (DE). In a recent exam I asked the students a question in which they are given a DE and are asked to ...
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Is it worth seeking disability accommodations if I get good grades anyway? [duplicate]

I have bipolar disorder and take medications that make me foggy and confused. Because of this I am thinking of asking for extra time on tests. But I generally score in the upper half of my classes, ...
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What to do if a class is taught by unengaged prof, untalented TAs, unpredictable exams and unfocused study material? [closed]

Couple months back I registered in a class that I was really interested in. Gradually, I started to lose interest in the class. Now we just had a midterm, needless to say I am at the nadir of my ...
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What should I do as a teaching assistant when I find cheating behavior from actual grading?

Update: I found 8 students cheating in today's quiz despite stern warning and personal threatening to kick them out of the classroom if I notice cheating behavior again. 4 of them also likely cheated ...
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Using other college/universities notes for practice?

I like to get as much practice as I can before an exam so is it permissable to use other colleges or universities' practice exams or handouts for practice. I am not distributing them to anyone, ...
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Open book tests and e-books

Open book exams are exams that are taken in a classroom, with a limited amount of time, but where the student can consult notes, textbooks, and any kind of written material. They are usually meant to ...
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How can I balance teaching computer-assisted skills and risks of cheating at exams?

The situation I have in mind is concerned with teaching introductory probability and statistics to business students, and there may be similar situations in other fields. Because of the risks ...
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Should an instructor tell his/her students before the exam that there are multiple versions of the exam?

When I was an undergrad, I had instructors who did not tell students that there was more than one version of the exam until afterwards. I also had instructors who told students that there was more ...
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How to prevent cheating on take-home exams

For certain undergrad classes, I assign a take-home exam, rather than the more familiar in-class exam. When I distribute the exam, I remind the students that this is an individual exam, and that they ...
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The exam time was less than the students expected

Some time ago, a course I visited had final exams, and the time announced to the students in advance (several weeks earlier via email by the instructor) was 3 hours. Rather shortly after the students ...
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Some possible ways to respond to a student complaining about not having enough time on exam

A student emailed me after a recent exam, complaining about not having enough time to finish the exam. Out of all the students, most managed to finish within 2/3 of the provided time. I wonder what ...
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Make Up Tests: Should I alter the questions?

I'm teaching a unit this semester that involves an in-class test. The students will be required to conduct a textual analyse of a video using the themes/unit literature etc to help formulate their ...
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Do Universities have a right to stop students from talking about questions on tests?

This case in Canada was between students who were complaining about a professor and the school who claimed doing so was misconduct. The school lost because the punishment infringed on students' ...
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Didn't pay attention to rules and created an illegal note card for exam?

For final exam in my university chemistry class, a note sheet, 8 by 11, was allowed. You could put anything on the sheet, however it was to remain 1-sided. Of all things, I forgot about the last rule, ...
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Why are [some] professors ambiguous about material that is actually tested on exams?

I've noticed a majority of professors that I have had will tell students something along the lines of, the exam covers Chapters 1, 2, 3, or the exam covers topics X, Y, Z. Sometimes this is ends up ...
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Why do graduate programs have comprehensive examinations (comps)? [duplicate]

I'm about to begin studying for the comprehensive examinations (comps) my masters program (Computer Information Systems) requires. I'm curious as to the point of even having them in the first place. ...
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Does it make sense to make exam grading very transparent?

Is it advisable (in terms of the benefit for the students and the work it causes) to make the grading completely transparent to students? I think for instance of publishing the sample solutions for ...
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Why would my teacher's dean care when I took the final?

The class was scheduled to take the final next week. I wanted to take the test this week, because there's some place I was planning to be on the day of the final. My teacher said that doesn't count ...
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Can a professor accuse a student of cheating on an exam without witnessing it firsthand? [closed]

Can a professor accuse someone of cheating after checking his or her test? How is that possible, if the professor has not caught the student cheating red-handed?
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Teacher takes pictures of students during exams and posts them on social media

There's this teacher who takes pictures of his students during exams, and posts them on social media, with the knowledge of the students. A lot of people enjoy these pictures (including the students), ...
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Is it fair to punish absent students with a one-question exam?

I recently came across a post (that I won't disclose because it contains the professor's last name): Attendance in this course was regularly low, so the professor used a one-question exam to punish ...
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Can I study myself and take the PhD quals in math *without* being a math PhD/masters student yet? [closed]

I'm an undergrad but wondering if it's possible to jump queue. Don't worry about my ability. Is the option possible? I want to "fly into a window" into maths grad studies because my GPA has been ...
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Is differentiated instruction permitted by universities?

In primary and secondary school in the US, some teachers will adjust homework so that it is a better match for students. For example, a teacher might give a strong math student more advanced math ...
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Is it professional for a professor to ask “surprise” questions on a test?

To clarify, I am asking if it's professional to ask questions that while relevant to the subject/course, and are related to the topic, but have not been discussed in class, assigned as homework, ...
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How should a teaching-assistant calm his anxious student down in an exam?

At the class quizzes or at the mid- or final exams, I can see that some students are too anxious and nervous. They are not really weak students but too much anxiousness brings their efficiency down ...
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How to calibrate the time constraint of an exam for a new course?

I am preparing an exam for a course I'm running. It's an engineering course; the exam problems require students to apply conceptual knowledge and quantitative skills taught in lectures and labs. It's ...
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What should I let students do when they finish exams early?

I organized my students to take their exams in the school’s computer labs. Some students finished well before others. In each section, I tried different policies for what students should do in this ...
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How to deal with cheating when university policy is ineffective?

I am co-teaching a relatively large class with two other colleagues in a big university. Each semester, most students are amazing, trustworthy, and well-behaved and it is a pleasure to work with my ...
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Is it fair for me to drink caffeine during tests?

For some of my more difficult and early morning tests, I will buy coffee and bring it with me into the exam. My hope is that the caffeine will help me be fully alert, think more clearly, and write ...