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

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Stance of universities on remote video proctoring of online exams

Due to coronavirus, many places have been forced to shift to remote online exams. Have any schools issued guidance about the acceptability of proctoring online exams by requiring students to use a ...
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What methods can be used in online exams to genuinely test the students' knowledge and capabilities?

There has been a lot of talk about online teaching in relation to covid-19 and campus shutdowns. This question isn't about that though: my question is about what ways online examinations should be ...
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Creating a secure test environment for a programming lab practical

I'm a senior TA helping out my instructor with restructuring the course in light of the coronavirus causing in-class cancellations at our university. We have tools allowing our students to do their ...
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Department Funding: What are ways to collect fund?

My apologies as I am pretty new (a lecturer) in academia and I do not understand a lot of things. This question should have different answers depending on the rules of universities, but I am just ...
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How to ask a teacher for an extension?

I failed an exam last year and now I am retaking it but in a different format. Everytime I sit in front of my laptop to write the assignment I have anxiety. My anxiety is mainly caused by the fear I ...
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How to detect cheating when students take online quizzes or exams from home?

I am currently teaching a basic R programming course with about 80 students. Under normal circumstances, a core course assessment component is a programming exam, which is done in the computer lab ...
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How should I approach the issue of students not writing their name and student number on an exam?

I am a teaching assistant (TA) in a second-year undergraduate course and have just received the results of my students' multiple choice midterm exam, which were marked by an optical marking ("Scantron"...
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What if point systems for tests were different?

What if when taking a test you could select multiple answers and the percent per question you got was (100)(1/n), n being the amount of answers selected (only award points if any a selected answer ...
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Do/Should students have the right to see their how exams were grade? [closed]

My experience: I read 'Academia varies more than you think it does', but in school or university I've been to or heard of, students can always see how they were graded for any paper/exam/ test/...
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what do you do if you have test anxieties? [closed]

What is the best way to resolve test anxieties?
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How would you react as a professor if a student has been going to your office hours and does not perform well on an exam? [closed]

Say if a student goes to the professor's office hours to get help on class material and homeworks. Then, on test day, the student does not perform well on the test, and turns in the test with some ...
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Extra time when time is of the essence (U.S.) [closed]

In the U.S. context, I am wondering how colleges deal with the accommodation of students with disabilities when testing something for which "time is of the essence". Consider, for example, a sight-...
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Is it unethical for a professor to misrepresent the format of an exam?

If a professor at a university explicitly states an exam will contain "multiple choice questions and true/false questions" and then administers an exam with several short answer and essay questions, ...
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Studying for an exam with an unprepared student [closed]

I am a student and another student asked me to study together for an exam and I agreed. But when we started studying he didn't know much about the subject, and I had to explain to him how to solve the ...
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What is a good strategy for studying for an hard exam? [closed]

I am an engineering student, and I have to prepare an exam about robotics. The exam is hard and I have already failed it once. The problem is that the material on the book and the lectures of the ...
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Can I pay for an exam greater than A-level in the UK?

I know that in the United Kingdom I can sit examinations equivalent to GCSE/A-levels without actually doing the years required in a school or other institution. I want to know if there are other ...
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Extreme nervousness during exam period

I'm currently a master student in computer science. I study at a school where we have only one take for the exam. I study really hard, yet I am never able to feel confident enough when the exams ...
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Take an exam unprepared vs Skipping it [closed]

Which one is better? Taking an Exam with no preparation done beforehand or Skipping it altogether? I have done the former (i.e take tests unprepared) a lot many times than the latter - so much that I ...
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My professor changed a take-home test to an in-class test with no notice. Can I fight the grade?

I’m a college student. For a recent test, the professor originally said that the test was extremely difficult and long and therefore they were going to send us a picture of the exam an hour and a half ...
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Would it be appropriate to mark down a student who selected all the answers in this exercise as “correct”? [closed]

I was in a library and by opening at random a book about university tests I crashed against this page This is meaningless, a finite set of numbers can't define a succession and this is a multiple ...
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Degree vs IQ test? [closed]

Considering a for a high number of jobs, the degree you do is not directly related to what you do in your job. Wouldn't it be a better idea simply to have some sort of national IQ test at 18 (or ...
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Got 0% on a midterm in Math Graduate school [closed]

The title says it all, I studied very hard I would say, and it’s seemed to amount to nothing. I mainly focused on one part of the material since we only had to solve 2 out of the 4 problems on the ...
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Pure math grad school applications - low Subject GRE score

Background: I am a senior at a (fairly prestigious) university in the United States, and I am applying to PhD programs in the country for pure math, aiming as high as I can. I am majoring in ...
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How do I write long answers? [closed]

I am a Material Science and Engineering major.What I am having doubt with is how I am supposed to write long answers.Lets say someone asks,"What is a Lomer Cottrell barrier?" or may be,"What is solid ...
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Are there any recognized math certificates I can take to show self learned math knowledge for an application?

That's it. Any exam I could just sit and prove I know math beyond the courses I took so I can show an education institution my level is higher than what you could get from my CV?
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What does 'to mark' mean in the UK?

It is just to evaluate what is right and wrong in a script (i.e., an exam or problem sheet completed by a student), and making notes and comments on that?
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Professor doesn't respond to notice of inability to take a test in his class

I currently have a concussion that has hindered my ability to do work or study. I went to the doctor and got it diagnosed (got a medical note and all that). I have a midterm tomorrow, and I emailed my ...
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Can an energy drink or chocolate before an exam be useful ? What sort of other edible goods be helpful? [closed]

At the end of a session, we have to give an examination where 2 years worth of syllabus is asked and it is the most important examination. It takes place in 2 sessions 9-12 and 2-5. I have heard from ...
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What should I consider when deciding whether to delay an exam?

I believe I may have scheduled an exam too early, and I am considering delaying it by a day or two. The material that I would cover fits in fairly well with the earlier material, and not as well with ...
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Final Exam: Proficiency Needed for Guaranteed Pass

Is it common to guarantee students a passing course grade if they demonstrate proficiency in some subset of topics/skills on a final exam? Note that this is in contrast to setting an upper bound on a ...
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Exam design: give maximum score per question or not?

When designing an exam, would you mention the maximum score per question or not? Is it common practice? In my view this promotes cherry-picking. This could be seen as a way to prioritize or to ...
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What would a good written policy for scaling exam grades look like?

I'm not in the habit of scaling exams, although I'm aware that the practice is widespread and highly recommended in some circles (such as grading on a curve). To my recollection, none of my college ...
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Is it a must to collect resources from previous students to be a successful student?

Last semester, I was doing well (A+) in three of the five courses I was taking, but had a problems with two others: For one course, the professor supplied a long list of study materials of several ...
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Resit examinations [closed]

I am studying mechanical engineering and I missed my exam due to mitigating circumstances. Therefore the uni allowed me to take the exam again in August but it is classed as a first attempt and not a ...
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Should students have access to past exams or an exam bank?

Something I never understood is how in so many undergrad classes North America, the students are allowed to have past exams that they are allowed to study over. It never made sense to me because it ...
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How long after PhD Major Revisions sign off [closed]

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? [closed]

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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