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Under what circumstances is it appropriate to have video cameras as part of exam proctoring?

When professors proctor exams, part of our job is to answer student questions and clarify the exam, and part of our job is to prevent/catch cheating. At my university in the USA, there is also a "...
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How do I remain more focused in studies? [duplicate]

Background of the Question:- I am a JEE aspirant , and I have loads of work to do.. But now I have been observing a common trend everyday. I just dont study anymore. I try revising stuff, but get ...
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Is/was there a final university examination where the student was required to write down everything they knew about the subject (e.g. History)?

In about 1990, I heard that in Japan, after completing a History bachelor's degree course of several years duration, the student was required to write down everything they knew about History. It would ...
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how to rate answers in tests with multiple options?

Say I have a question with answers A (correct) B (correct) C (wrong) D (wrong) And the student answers: A,B,C. Lets say, I add +1 point for every correct answer. How much should I subtract for the ...
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How do I reduce my sleeping time, so that I can work for longer hours? [closed]

I am preparing for two tough entrance exams (the JEE Main and JEE Advanced). Nine months remain before the exams and I have a lot of work to be done daily, such as revising my notes notes, practising ...
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Will students without a Gradescope submission be able to see the test after grades are posted for the others?

I have a class test graded, and want to publish/post the grades. However, some students are expected to makeup the test, and I don't want them to see the test yet. Will a student with This student ...
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Is Proctorio safe for me to use?

I am taking an online course and it has 2 summative assessment exams and a final exam. However, since it is an online course, it says I am required to use Proctorio to ensure no cheating occurs, which ...
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I was caught cheating in a University exam. No action was taken but my professor is very angry with me. My main concern is how to face my classmates [closed]

I was caught cheating in a University exam. However, no action was taken because I am a good student. Moreover, my professor is very angry with me. My main concern now is how to face my classmates and ...
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Why require permanent pens and disallow correction tools in exams?

A common rule in exams is to require them being written with permanent (non-erasable) pens, which includes usually ballpoint pens and fountain pens filled with special ink. The rule forbids using ...
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One bad exam that might influence my chances later on [closed]

I'm currently a master's student in a 2-year European program in Theoretical Physics at a top 20 university worldwide. I got back my first grades set. I am very encouraged by my results, but at the ...
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Effect of cold temperatures on exam performance

Recently, at a university I know, students sat one of their exams in a room that was (apparently) about 40 Fahrenheit (4.4°C) because the heaters had broken. They also had to take their coats off due ...
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I received one bad (but still succesfull) grade. It is the first and (I hope) it will be the only one. How should I handle this my possible ac career? [closed]

This question is somehow related to Retaking an exam to improve a low, but passing grade. Why do universities not allow this? I have received the first bad (but still successful) grade in my studies. ...
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Retaking an exam to improve a low, but passing grade. Why do universities not allow this? [duplicate]

Life is tough, deadlines are strict, and failures are costly. But reality usually is not black and white. One can try again and one can improve oneself in real life. It is different with university ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to reuse exam questions annually without changes?

I'm facing a situation at my university that raises some ethical concerns and I'd like to get your perspective on it. One of our professors has a consistent practice of reusing the same exam questions ...
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Is it okay to ask and discuss about questions which come in exams which come in German univerisities?

I am partaking in some exams provided by German universities. Would it be okay if I were to discuss the questions after the exam online, e.g., by posting on the appropriate Stack Exchange? There were ...
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What is the name of this exam format with different levels of questions?

Here is a format for an exam style. I would like to know if this has a name in EDU circles and if there's a reference. I've asked a few people in the field and they aren't familiar with it exactly. ...
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My 1.5 time accomodations were not properly implemented, what can I do?

I am an undergraduate student in Canada. I have academic accommodations from the accessibility centre since I have autism and ADHD. I informed the instructor of my 1.5x exam time at the start of the ...
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Can you be disciplined for 'intention' to cheat but didn't? [closed]

I have an grad sch exam where I can bring in a single textbook of choice for reference. I borrowed one from the sch library and find that multiple books have evidence of previous students writing ...
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Feasibility of a Makeup Exam

I'm currently a TA for a first-year math course (at a US university), and one of my students wasn't feeling well on the day of the midterm exam for this course. They emailed the instructor their ...
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Carrying out tests which would give a degree [duplicate]

With the Internet having more and more data every day, a lot of which is science-related, a kind of test could be used to give a degree for someone who knows a lot. The questions of the test would be ...
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What response is reasonable to expect of a school child in the event that they have seen an exam question prior to the exam? [closed]

It is in the news that a child was stripped of their exam result after it emerged that while reviewing for the exam, they had found the same question online. It seems that they were not aware it was ...
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How long, on average, is a good response to a written exam question?

I've always assumed that the "blue book" exam answer booklet should contain answers to midterm or finals questions that are about one or at most, two, paragraphs long. In other words, you ...
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How to handle grading a quiz question which had no correct answer due to a mistake?

I recently gave a 3 question quiz worth 3 points. I made a typo on one question that led to none of the multiple choice questions being correct. What is the best way to handle this? Give everyone ...
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Is taking tests after each lecture a good idea?

Suppose I deliver a 1.5-hour lecture on Python programming on each Monday. Generally, the passing criteria is to take a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. What if I eliminate the final ...
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How to answer ambiguous true/false questions?

For example if there is any statement like: Genetic drift occur due to change in gene pool by chance. It could be due to bottle neck effect, founder effect or migration. I know that most of the time ...
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Grading large enrollment courses

I am the coordinator of several sections of a course with over 200 students. The midterm exam is common and everyone takes the same exam at the same time. We do have TAs. What are some efficient ways ...
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Question to professor one week before an exam (as a mathematician)

Assume you took a math class at the university and didn't ask any questions during the lectures. Now, during the semester break, when your exam is also taking place, you are studying from a script ...
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Oral exams in mathematics at university

When I went to school, I actually liked mathematics a lot because I never had to study for it outside of class. If I understood a concept, I could apply it, and practicing in the lectures was mostly ...
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How can I pass a statistics exam that overly relies on memorizing formulas?

Long story short, I struggle with a statistics exam at the university. Although I know how to solve all types of exercises and the rationale behind each of them, I still can't pass this exam, because ...
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Is the Analytical Writing of GRE considered separately to the Verbal and Quantitative?

Let's say I took a GRE test and got a perfect 340 score for Verbal and Quantitative sections but very low score on Analytical Writing, and then retake GRE again to improve the Writing score and got 6 ...
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What would be the cost of doing an MS degree in US as Night classes especially for an full time employee? [closed]

Is there any Test or Test score required to get admission? Is there any forum or website to understand more about night classes for MS degree in US?
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How to respond to a professor not happy with me

I am in the final year of my bachelor and only need to pass one last course to complete my bachelor. The thing is I failed this course this year. Which means I have to continue for a whole other year ...
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I got caught cheating on an online exam and I feel so guilty. What do I do?

What happened: I got caught cheating on an online exam consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions and a written part of my exam worth 55/80 marks. I had access to a one-page cheat sheet, but I still ...
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What are the pros and cons of the practice that includes some questions in a math exam which are directly discussed in the lectures?

What are the pros and cons of the practice that some questions of a (written) math exam are exactly from the course? For example, asking about the proof of a theorem proven in a course. The argument I ...
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Is taking the SAT ueful when when applying for a graduate degree in South Korea?

I'm studying computer engineering and I want to do my graduate studies in South Korea. Is taking the SAT to prove my math and English skills helpful for my application?
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Is it a problem if a professor doesn't release exam statistics?

This class is a natural science course and has 3 exams which total up to about half of the grade. Students have taken all three of the exams, and it is practically the end of the semester. There are ...
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Your best advice for exam anxiety [closed]

This may be a question that does not belong here, but... What advice would you give someone who is preparing for exams and cares about grades. What advice do should I follow during the exam and after ...
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How to nail PhD qualifying written exam?

I am a Ph.D. student at a US university. I started last fall. As a university requirement for Ph.D. candidacy, I have to take 3 written exams each lasting for 6 hours. Now, the rule is that the ...
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Pattern of the question paper [closed]

To pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics in India, one must clear the central entrance exams (written) like CSIR-NET, GATE, NBHM or institute specific exams such as ISI, CMI, TIFR first. After that, the ...
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Is the GRE general test score necessary for the 2024-2025 year? [closed]

I am an international student from Georgia. I’m aiming to enroll in a Ph.D. program in mathematics in the 2024-2025 year. I’ve already passed the TOEFL Exams and the GRE subject test. Is it necessary ...
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I looked at my phone’s clock several times to pace myself. TA saw it and sent an email asking about it afterwards

As the title says, I took an exam in a small room with one other student. One of the TAs proctored the exam. We were in a separate room because the student and I had accommodations (I have severe exam ...
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Telling my professor about another professor who accused me of cheating

One of my professors accused me of cheating because it appeared to them that I opened a link on moodle. I did, but did not look at what was open. It was opened by mistake as my laptop was lagging. I ...
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I cheated in some of my engineering exams including finals during my time at University, am I a fraud?

During my second and third year, COVID made all my engineering exams online. The exams were not proctored. Some of the exams I cheated by working with a group of friends. One person would have the ...
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What if a student doesn't understand a question because of differences in dialect?

Let's say that at a British university, there is a chemistry exam. The exam describes a person performing a chemistry experiment. This person leaves the experiment sitting there for a fortnight. After ...
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How to react to a student’s panic attack in an oral exam?

Suppose, I am an examiner in an oral exam. I have done my best to design and conduct the exam to reduce students’ anxiety, but it just didn’t work: The student has a panic attack that makes it ...
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Is a 166 point exam due in 30 mins too short? [closed]

Our professor gave us a long exam worth 166 points. It was composed of 130 items 10 of which were identification and 120 were multiple choice. A lot of the questions required ethical analysis as out ...
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How to keep my mind clear during competitive math exams [closed]

I've been training for the mathematical olympiad for a while now and from what I've gathered from my past exams, I feel like I'm alright in terms of knowing my theorems and formulae, but I struggle to ...
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How can I give extra-time accommodations for random pop quizzes?

My course has 12-15 pop quizzes scattered throughout the semester. The quizzes are unannounced (thus, pop). I also have some at the beginning of the class, some at the end, and others in the middle. ...
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Adjusting Grades After Throwing Out Exam Questions [closed]

I’m in nursing school and all exams are reviewed after they are taken, and the majority of the time some questions are thrown out after review. The question I have is if questions are thrown out ...
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My class got fewer days than the other class to study for a test. Is there anything I can do?

I am in a class that has 2 sections. My class is now 2 days behind in material compared to the other section due to class cancellations. We have a test coming up and there is a stark difference in the ...
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