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How long after PhD Major Revisions sign off [on hold]

I got the result of major revisions following my second viva, and completed these changes, to resubmit a third time. Is anyone able to indicate the typical length of time for sign off following ...
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Conducting exams in which a computer (but no internet) is available

In my institution, we have various lab exams in which part of the exam is completing a programming task, and a computer is available to each student for this purpose. There are there various ways to ...
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How to study for the exams which are mathematical in approach but subjective in nature? [on hold]

Predominantly whenever we are to face objective questions we generally tend to practice more and more objective question papers and sort of "remember the mistakes that we make while solving them". ...
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Should I cheat if the majority does it?

I'm taking the last and hardest exams of my master degree. During the exams we aren't allowed to use anything else but our brain. Cheating is pretty easy though: one has the lecture notes and all the ...
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Why are examinees often not allowed to leave during the start and end of an exam?

I notice that, quite often, exams have a rule similar to this: You may not leave the exam theater during the first ten minutes and last ten minutes of the exam. I'm wondering what the purpose of ...
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How a man can go after his desire of research without following coaching institutes for qualifying competitive exams? [closed]

The era in which we live is full of competition, I want to know why competitive exams have taken such an important status? I have read about Mr. Daniel Kane, Mr. Terrence Tao etc. they are so famous ...
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Oral vs written exam - from a lecturers point of view?

We are free to grade our students in oral or written exams. Obviously, if only 1 or 2 students take the course, oral exams (~15-30 mins) are the way to go from an effort minimization perspective (no ...
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Performing Poorly on Mentor's Exam

I was recently assigned a research mentor in my Master's program who also happens to be my professor (in a quantitative economics course). We've had a brief meeting to introduce ourselves, and I made ...
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Best technique for prolonged study [closed]

According to my daily schedule I need to study for long hourd each day including weekdays and weekends sometimes I find that this is just too much sometimes. What are some methods to get the optimal ...
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How to respond to an upset student?

My finals were held recently. Due to some timetabling issues, I had to organize for some students to take the finals early, but still within finals week. The dates were mutually agreed. One of these ...
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Final exams: What is the most common protocol for scheduling?

At my college this semester, just a few weeks before spring final exams, the administration decided to entirely throw out the prior process for scheduling final exams (which has been in use for at ...
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Feeling incompetent about a written exam scheduled for today. Should I skip it? [closed]

I have a written exam scheduled today evening in 2 hours for a research scientist position at a major British company. They want to check competency in theory and programming for a position. My PhD ...
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Emailing professor about unexpected questions on exam

I'm taking a class where the professor has only provided power point slides, which are not even based off of the textbooks listed in the syllabus. For our final exam, he just provided a generic list ...
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How to regrade an exam that was too difficult?

Our multiple choice exam was clearly too difficult. N questions. N + 10 total duration (in minutes). All questions have the same value (100 / N). Wrong answers have a penalty of 25% (25 / N). Only ...
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Is creating your own “experiment” considered cheating during a physics exam? [closed]

Consider a qualitative question on a physics exam such as, draw the path of an object's center of mass as it is dropped. I have included a graphic here: Would it be considered cheating in practical ...
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Why doesn't the university give past final exams' answers?

My professors usually give solutions for part term tests. But it seems that, they never gave any solutions for the past final exams in any courses I've taken. Does anyone has the same experience? Or ...
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Is it ethical to give a final exam after the professor has quit before teaching the remaining chapters of the course?

I am enrolled in a lpn nursing program, and the professor teaching the pharmacology course announced to the class last week that he wont be here the following week, due to a "conference in California",...
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Difficulty in thinking properly during exams [closed]

I am a student of science preparing for the JEE (India). When I normally practice problems, I find no difficulty in thinking straight. Solutions occur to me when I look at a problem, because for the ...
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Should I be concerned about student access to a test bank?

If I am using a test bank to formulate a test based on a textbook, should I be concerned about students getting access to the test bank? I have read that student use of a test bank is cheating, but I ...
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Is having access to past exams cheating and, if yes, could it be proven just by a good grade?

I studied for three weeks straight for an exam because I was really anxious to pass it with a high grade, while everyone else didn’t study much. Now the problem is, I had access to the exam from the ...
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What should I do about my friend who wants me to help her cheat?

Friend: Rome Rome and I started at our new school last year as juniors. We are both now seniors. At this school, we have a chance to graduate high school with our AA degrees. In fact, we are ...
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Who set the rules for testing strategies in exams?

In a reading exam, we have a passage and questions are asked about the passage. They can be open questions, multiple choice questions, concept-check questions, and so on. In a vocabulary exam, ...
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How to ask student for more information in order to grant makeup final

A student of mine has asked to take his final early because he is "going out of town." He has only just mentioned this to me and we are already halfway through the quarter. I have spoken with some ...
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Is staring into the cover sheet of the exam paper and looking at the second page considered cheating?

Whenever I receive an exam paper, I usually stare at the cover page. I use the word "stare" instead of just "see" because the cover page is translucent and I could faintly see the page behind if my ...
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I got caught writing my student ID number after the end of the exam. Will I get in trouble? [closed]

I had an exam yesterday morning which lasted 2 hours. There were two supervisors in the room for about 25-30 students. Before the beginning of the exam and again 5 minutes before the end, they told ...
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Can a professor force you to buy a book, for use in his exam?

I'm a first year law student in the UK. For our EU Law class, our professor declared that we must bring an unannotated physical copy of Blackstone's EU Treaties & Legislation 2018-2019 to our exam ...
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How to get rid of excessive 'silly' mistakes?

While taking a test a student is bound to make some mistakes but I make excessive errors. It's not that I get a question conceptually wrong. I'll make a mistake in reading it or in simple arithmetic ...
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Experiences with Gradescope?

I'm teaching my first class this semester, and was quite happy with Gradescope when I used it as a TA last semester. Does anyone have experience using Gradescope with large (100+ student) classes for ...
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proper grading fairness when certain questions dropped on exam [closed]

I had a 135 question final exam. The Professor decided 11 questions were problematic. For those 11 specific questions, he gave points to all students if they missed those questions. If a student got ...
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What to do if my professor won't give me a grade for a test?

So I took this online class and the professor didn't grade our exams till the end of the semester and I was surprised to learn that I got a 0 on the first one. Now I remember taking this test and ...
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Can a professor make your final pass or fail? [closed]

I current have an 85% in his class but my final is pass or fail. I’m horrible at math and have really tried my hardest to get that b but my professors math final is either you pass it or if you fail ...
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How does academia handle those with test anxieties?

Suppose you truly know the material but cannot perform well in a testing setting because you have real diagnosed anxiety or testophobia. How is it accommodated? I was considering this for someone who ...
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Should I e-mail my professor after completely blanking on my final exam? [closed]

I had a final exam today in my dynamics class. I took the exam with Adaptive Services because of my medically diagnosed ADHD, Anxiety, and OCD (among other things). I have been studying since ...
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How to write practice exams as a student as a way to study

I'm an upper-division physics student. I have finals coming up next week and I want to take the advice of one of my professors from several years ago: write your own exams for practice and give them ...
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Is it common to have exam questions 'peer reviewed'?

How common is it that exam questions, after being designed by the instructor and before being given to the students, are checked by a colleague in one's same institute, to make sure that they are ...
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Most recommended automated way for conduction university exams

In most of the universities of India, conducting exams such as mid terms and end terms for a semester is as follows: 1) Designing question papers and taking print of them 2) Distribute it among ...
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Professor locks midterm practice for poor quiz score [closed]

My professor for an online math course at ASU has locked a midterm practice exam if you get less than a 75% on the first quiz. The midterm practice is worth 10% of the overall grade. So if I got a 75%,...
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Recourse for patently unfair make-up exam?

I am a senior finishing dual degrees in chemistry and mathematics and missed an exam in an upper level chemistry course due to a brief hospitalization which was fully documented. I was granted a make-...
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Dvorak keyboard accepted for testing purpose?

Have you ever heard of Dvorak keyboard being accepted by a testing department due to health reasons (carpal tunnel)? I type on Dvorak keyboard and have realized that computer based admission tests ...
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I grade exams together with a colleague but disagree with their grading. What should I do?

Recently, I have graded exams (50 pcs.) together with a colleague from another department. I felt like my colleague was awarding too many points for wrong/incomplete answers. For example, awarding ...
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Do I inform my Professor that our digital exam isn't recording us?

For one of the classes I am taking at University, our exams are administered online. We were told that each of these exams would start a special browser that recorded you as you took the test, and ...
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What should I do if my professor changes the question mid-exam?

I was writing a 3-question examination today (undergrad) with 1200 other students when our professor comes in after ~2/3 of the exam and changes a question to make it solvable. This was a 1.5 hour ...
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Should I be worried of being accused of cheating?

So I just took a very simple, all-multiple choice test. I will straight up say I did not cheat, put bags phone etc across the room from where I sat, and the test was very easy. I marked all questions ...
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I lost my students' quizzes due to a theft, what should I do?

I am a teacher assistant for a big course and I am expected to conduct weekly quizzes. Last week, my bag containing a week's worth of quizzes got stolen. My question is what should I tell my students ...
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Is asking questions with very short answers on major exams recommended?

As a part of TA work, I need to give questions for major exams. I need to evaluate the answer sheets of students later. Let us consider the following simple examples of questions: 1) Briefly ...
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What is the appropriate response to students who peek at the exam questions before the exam starts?

I have been an invigilator for several exams for large classes. I am not formally affiliated with the classes. One thing I routinely notice is that, despite warnings, there will always be some ...
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Could a research group weed out less good researchers by requiring mental calculation to join it?

Does the ability to perform mental maths calculations predict ability to do research in mathematics?
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A free tool that is capable of selecting questions from a pool and shuffle them randomly? [closed]

I will be conducting exams, and I need a tool that can let me shuffle and select random , small questions from a pre-defined question pool. My questions are typically matched and complete. It would ...
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Tests: at the beginning or the end of class?

I'm teaching a 1st year math course. I have to give a one-hour test about the content of the past three weeks during one of my two-hours sessions. Usually I give such tests at the end (i.e. during ...
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Sharing past exam papers with friends

I am a PhD student and we have a whatsapp group with all previous students from over the years. I was trying to earn some good karma and offered to provide past exams. I was always frustrated when ...