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

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What exams can I undertake with the preparation of GATE?

I have a B.Tech. (India) degree (Computer Science Engineering) and I want to appear in GATE to pursue higher education (M. Tech or PhD or any other similar degree). What similar exams can I pursue ...
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Programmable calculator in an exam [duplicate]

My son was taking an end sem exam (course name Electronics - I). By ignorance, he carried a programmable calculator in the exam. The invigilator noted this 1 hr. 40 minutes into the exam, took away ...
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Loss of an exam day in a four-week class

A friend of mine is a mathematics professor at a college in the southeast United States (where they're currently expecting significant snowfall) and just asked an interesting question that I'm ...
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Other evaluation systems than exams

I live in a country where the quality of education is poor. The primary goal seems only to be to teach us how to pass exams and not to learn the material for knowledge sake. It appears that their ...
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Is it appropriate to underline key words in an exam answer?

Some exams I have to take involve redacting long answers about a given subject. I know the corrector has to correct hundreds of exams, so clarity in both expression and calligraphy is key to set the ...
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Why do some tests have a (nonzero) minimum score?

Some tests have minimums in their possible score range. Cisco's 300-1000 point range, and the SAT's 200-800 point per section range come to mind. What purpose does this serve? I assume there is some ...
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What does an optimal grading distribution look like?

Researchers on education must have thought about this, so I hope to find some directions here. Suppose that I am grading students on a scale from 1 to 10. If I have no prior knowledge of the ability ...
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Studying for mathematics comprehensive exams

Should mathematics PhD students work through all of the past exams, if, say, the department makes the last 20 years of exam questions available to students? Or should students mainly focus on the ...
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Test answer rejected for saying more than asked for

this is about a phenomenon often seen, but I came across a probably more prominent example recently, so I thought I'd ask for the community's opinion. Here's the situation: In the past semester's ...
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Can the ethics committee of a university do something about reuse of exam questions? [closed]

I thought that it will be huge achievement to get diploma from well ranked university. However, at the end of my studies, as a foreign student I realized that the questions in exams I passed were ...
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Are professors allowed to accuse someone of cheating based on a general increase in test scores?

Let’s say a professor has seen that the average score for the midterm exam was a grade and a half higher than it was in previous years. Because of this he gained a reasonable suspicion of cheating (he ...
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Misunderstood exam question with consequences for incorrect answer

I suspect a student misread an exam question worth 10 points (exam out of 120). Aside from this one student, the rest all understood the question and the average grade was 8.2/10 for this question. ...
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cheating in theoretical exams as there is no time! [closed]

We all know cheating in exams is almost an academic crime. However, a friend of mine has some extraordinary circumstances.. He works full time job and studies at uni at the same time five days a week ...
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Is this possible? [closed]

Long story short, I got accepted at a really good and hard university to study computer science. I am at the top of the class in CS but at the bottom in maths. I know some things here and there. The ...
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Who grades the mathematics phd comprehensive exams? [closed]

Is it a committee of professors, or is it one professor -- whomever wrote the exams?
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How to calculate total GMAT score?

The maximum possible score is 800. Divided by sections: AWA: maximum is 6 (from 0 to 6); Integrated reasoning: maximum is 8 (from 1 to 8); Math: maximum is 60; Verbal: maximum is 60. If to ...
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I reported several students for cheating, will anything ever be done by the math dept? [closed]

There was an elaborate scheme to cheat on an in-class final exam a couple of semesters ago. Students in the back of the room set up an exam-swapping strategy: circle a problem that you didn't know ...
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Why does a (highly competitive) mathematics department recommend / require lower-level textbooks to work from, [closed]

but the exam questions -- and often, homework problems -- come from the classics, e.g., Baby Rudin, Ahlfor's Complex Analysis, Lax's Linear Algebra. This creates a huge discrepancy in one's level of ...
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A student in my course does well on exams, but doesn't do the homework: Go easy on them, or make them “pay the price?”

I have a student in my course that does well on the exams, and his answers to the exam questions show a deep understanding of the material. However, this student has not been handing in the assigned ...
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How do I keep the high efficiency in non exam week? [closed]

My efficiency is very high during exam week. How do I keep this high efficiency at other times?
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I could see what part of the exam paper another student seemed to be focusing on, now I'm worried I was cheating [closed]

I suffer from OCD and intrusive thoughts. I was once in a test and we were given this extract on a page. I had been analysing the top part of the extract, only. Then, I may have seen the other ...
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End-of-semester course activites

I am nearing the conclusion of my first course as an adjunct instructor and I'm searching for some useful and engaging activities for reviewing the semester's content as a group. This is a required ...
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What to do when some students pay someone to solve their exams projects and thesis?

There are some students on my masters program in mathematics who don't even know the basics of mathematics like an example of a continuous function or similar. They pay someone else to solve the ...
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How to organize course component when there are a lot of students? [duplicate]

I am teaching a university maths module, which is currently taken by approximately 300 undergraduates. By the way, I am teaching in Asia. Due to the number of undergraduates, tutorial classes are ...
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Emailing exams: is it okay by FERPA?

I am a graduate student at a US university. I work for a professor as a TA. Recently, we graded students' tests by scanning them, and marking them electronically. After submitting grades, the ...
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What can a professor do about an exam that was too long for the allotted time, after the students have completed it?

I just finished a midterm exam. It was very easy but I was only able to finish about 3/4 of it. And I rushed through some parts in the final moments. Talking with other students, there's a consensus ...
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What do universities usually do with a student's graded final exams?

Personally I do not recall ever having seen any of my final exams I have taken during my undergrad (except in my nightmares). Midterms, quizzes and homeworks are usually returned to the students ...
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How should I react to seeing another student cheat on an exam?

Today I took my midterm exam for one of my classes. I saw that a student next to me was using her phone, and as I turned my head she hid it. At the end of the exam I wrote a note to my professor, I ...
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Should I ask for an exam deferral due to my fiance's first conference and first time leaving the country?

My fiance's paper was just accepted for a conference that is held out of country during one of my exams and he would really like me to come with him, as it is his first time presenting at a conference ...
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Reasons for not releasing mark schemes for past exams?

On my course my university provides past exam papers but does not release mark schemes and I know this is the case for other universities. I am dyslexic which makes reading hard, and for my ...
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Why is it unethical to share the contents of an exam with students who haven't taken it yet?

Ever since I have known the term academic integrity, I have known that it is bad to breach it––I have known that it is in my best interest to maintain academic integrity and in the best interest of ...
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Is there any way to detect high tech (e.g. cell-phone assisted) academic dishonesty?

Over the last few years, our university has seen a rise in high-tech academic dishonesty. We have a no electronics policy, except calculators when needed (even those now are provided by the school, ...
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How to judge length of exams when teaching undergraduate engineering

I am a first-time lecturer for an American university (am a PhD student), and am giving midterm and final exams in the course, which comprises an introduction to engineering and how to work with ...
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Would the announcement of penalty for blank answers in a test improve the global results of the class?

In a multiple-choice test evaluation, normally (as far as I know) the wrong answers are penalized, but blank answers not. This makes some students afraid to answer given questions, prefering to leave ...
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Will a dishonesty incident destroy the chances of getting into a good PhD program?

This is going to be a long post but I believe is the only way to understand my situation. I studied B.Sc in Information Systems Engineering in a small private university in Latin America, it's not a ...
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Should universities give extra time or related accommodations for students with mental illnesses?

Based on this question: Is it unethical to accept extra time on exams when I still do well? To my knowledge, I don't think my university or home department has a policy on extended time exams or a ...
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Half points and IELTS overall band score categories

My IELTS overall band score is 8.5 and I am wondering what to call it, i.e. what's the name of the category for this score. Rounding rules of half scores in terms of categories is not explained in The ...
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Requesting exemption of some assignments for holidays [closed]

I'm a second year bachelor student in western Europe. Most of the courses I take are with a group of around 50 students. The teachers know the faces and there is space for social conversation to some ...
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Grades rescaling after mistake by the professor [closed]

I managed to proove that the exam is 20 percent beyond the lectures and the programme, the approach is now that to pass the exam the students need 40/80 which I consider as unfair because there is no ...
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Reasonablity of evaluation methods in developed countries for Maths and Sci students

Globally considering, in many (or maybe all) developing countries professors/lecturers in universities only take mid-term and final few-hour-exams to evaluate students' learning. In some (or maybe ...
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How will my CLEP credits be viewed?

I have taken 12 credits total in CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams on order to bypass some general education requirements in humanities and basic sciences. I am in a program majoring in ...
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Why do universities share test questions?

I have had quite a few take home exams, mostly because they required you to be online and were a lot longer than 2 hour exams. When taking these exams and answering questions (all essay questions) ...
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Is there a powerful exam template that doesn't require an engineering degree to use?

Microsoft Word is the standard product for documents in my department as far as the administration is concerned. Final exams go through a work-flow that involves department secretaries creating a ...
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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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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 ...