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

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Is it unreasonable or unethical to present a written test as a 2-hour exam if you need to pre-write (not just study for) it before the test? [on hold]

I wasn't actually sure how to phrase this question. I'm taking an online course in which there is little participation or feedback from the instructor other than indicating what chapters to read and ...
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What are psychological effects of competition in academia? [on hold]

Every year college admission is getting more and more competitive. Schools are also increasing difficulty of their exams resulting in more competition among students. What are short-term and long-term ...
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How common is a must-pass-final requirement?

For a course with a final exam, is it more common to: (a) require that the final exam be passed to pass the course, or (b) allow for a student to fail the final exam and still pass the course? How ...
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Reference request for research on images or colors used in quizzes and exams

For my exams and quizzes, I print them on colored paper, and I usually try to make them aesthetically appealing with the design. I include pictures that are usually relevant to the material they are ...
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When is the best time to start reviewing material for final exams? [closed]

We know that "cramming" - starting one's study of material the day before the relevant exam - is not an effective study method. Ideally, such studying starts days in advance. My question is, how many ...
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Math GRE Archive [closed]

I have been searching the internet for past math GREs, past practice tests, etc. and have been very unsuccessful. The only thing I can find is this year's math GRE practice test (here). Does anyone ...
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Averaging exam scores with very different means/distributions

I'm teaching a course that has two exams which together form a large part of the students' grades. On the first exam, the mean score was very high (~90%) with the majority of students scoring over ...
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Any recourse for testing on material not mentioned in the class syllabus? [closed]

In one particular university class, many people stopped attending after about half the semester was over as the professor was "confusing" as many people phrased it and opted to instead study from the ...
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How much seen material/questions should an exam paper contain?

At University,say the lecturers hand out past papers with solutions for the students to revise from for an upcoming exam. Is it common practise for the exam to contain a couple of the exact same ...
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Makeup exams and posting solutions [duplicate]

Suppose you are an instructor and you have given a (midterm or final) exam. This is a substantial portion of the grade; a student who misses it has little chance of passing the class. (I have in mind ...
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Guidelines for creating/designing an exam?

Are there (general) guidelines for creating an exam? I am a TA, and one of my tasks is it to design a written exam for the students. The students know that it will be based on one book, and on which ...
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Student taking a make-up exam sees exam she would've taken: Unethical?

Suppose we have a Psychology class of 20 people. They have an exam scheduled on, say, Tuesday April 12 2016. One of them, Shion, is sick and so takes a make up exam on Tuesday April 19 2016. Edit: ...
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Why are academic institutions now looking to judge their students in multiple choice questions tests?

Multiple choice questions are nowadays very common in many of the world's institutes. Particularly in entrance tests, they use multiple choice testing. Why are these academic institutions now looking ...
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Why are (university-) teachers also examiners at the same time?

For most university classes I have come across, the professor teaching the class is also responsible for making (and usually grading) the exam, or holding an oral exam. As far as I can tell this is ...
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Citation during exams, some cases

So during exams and as of late, I started to informally cite scholars sometimes and as much as possible to backup the written ideas, however and due to the very nature of exams, I am facing the below ...
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How do I lift my spirits after giving a bad examination paper today? [closed]

I had my Mathematics paper today. Its of 90 marks. In the past, I have always scored 90 or at least 88. Today, the paper was extremely lengthly and I made a silly mistake in a question of 4 marks ...
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Is it legal to paraphrase questions taken form test prep books/service to a new audience in another country for a different exam? Do fair use apply?

Is it legal to paraphrase questions taken form test prep books/service to a new audience in another country for a different exam? Do fair use apply? About my business It is not the same exam Not ...
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What can students do if a professor penalizes an entire class because one student cheated on an exam?

Today, I was taking a test in my intro to sociology course. It is a difficult enough class when the minimum requirement for an A is 96%. It is also difficult when the professor gets off-topic and does ...
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Is it common for professors to use questions from the internet on an exam?

I'm in Western Europe doing a Master's degree, and I expected the education quality to be much higher then what I've seen in my previous school which was in the Middle East, but some professors here ...
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Should one cite during university exams?

As the title suggests, it's not a usual practice but should one do it? All I know that one can study for an exam and simply write the answers needed in order to succeed, no one tells us to include the ...
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If I believe a student lacks the preparation to pass, what should I say to them? [closed]

I'm an Advanced Level math teacher in my country. I teach two courses Pure and Applied. Its duration is 3 years. At the end of three years, there is one exam for the whole three years. Only 1200 ...
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Where can I find a collection of past exams w/ answers on various subjects?

I am not currently enrolled in any university (too costly for me at this time), but I would like to study as much as I can in various subjects (Advanced Mathematics, Psychology, Computer Programming ...
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Is it common that you can't finish the exam questions during PhD study? [closed]

I'm a first year student and twice now I have been unable to finish all the problems during the exam, which had never happened before I became a PhD student. And to be fair, even if I had been writing ...
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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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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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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 ...