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

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Some of my students cheated. Should I give them the opportunity to turn themselves in?

So, this is an online test and some of my students have identical answers (including mistakes and typos!). My plan is to send an email to the class giving the cheaters a chance to come forward for a ...
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Falsely Accused of Cheating from Blackboard Tracking Statistics - How to Prove Innocence

My professor accused me of cheating on a exam I took a few months ago by accessing the exam before I was supposed to (I had arranged to take it later than the other students in the class.) His sole ...
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Open book exam tomorrow but the file with the questions are open to everyone already

I was going through the files on canvas of my course, then I saw a file called like Examination_(coursename)_2021 and was like "it's probably the practice". I opened it and it seemed like ...
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How to proceed when a professor's timekeeping error hurts my course grade?

My professor had said the midterm was 2.5 hours. This was told by all the students for weeks. The midterm comes, and there is no countdown for when submission is required, thus meaning the midterm is ...
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“Open exam” exams?

Many of the students I teach do not have English as their first language. Also, my English tends to fall on the British (Australian) side of the divide, and I'm teaching in US institutions. Sometimes, ...
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Accepting bad results

I recently had to sit a series of take home assignments and they were so difficult I only really managed to solve 3/5 questions. I'm at the point of diminishing returns now and I was considering ...
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How should project based assessments be implemented in order to prevent cheating?

Project based assessments are advocated by some as an alternative to oral exams and written exams for assessing students' knowledge at the end of a course, for example here: How to detect cheating ...
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How to be a good (Applied) Math graduate student

I am a first year graduate student in applied math at a relatively good school here in the US. I'm looking to concentrate in something at the intersection of CS and Applied Math (quantum computing ...
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How to anonymize submissions and ensure each student gets exactly one chance to submit?

I am teaching a subject for a group of students I have not met before, and the exam coming up. It is a 14-day take-home exam. My previous experience with examining similar students indicates that ...
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Is the Chegg Honor Shield tool an effective promotor of Academic Honesty?

Many college instructors have been struggling with a significant rise in cheating in the last year, notably in the context of required distance learning and online testing during the time of the COVID ...
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Why can't you get an E on a test in the United States? [duplicate]

So, in testing in the USA, an A is the best score you can get. Then comes B, which most students desire, and then comes a C, where you're on the verge of shattering your gradebook by getting a bad ...
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I am unable to submit online quizzes on time due to technical difficulties, and it is negatively affecting my mental health. Can I get extra time? [closed]

I am an undergrad student taking a chemistry class. We have a 50 minutes quiz every week during the discussion section. The TA usually emails this quiz to us, and while my class is at 1:00 pm, the TA ...
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My students are planning on taking an exam together via Zoom

I am a college instructor at a university in the United States. I am giving an exam to my students in a few days, and I am aware that some of them are having conversations about making a Zoom meeting ...
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I'm international PhD student and I may get terminated soon. Advice urgently needed

Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this question, but I absolutely need advice. I am currently third-year international PhD student living in United States on F1 visa and full funding. So ...
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Should we ask ambiguous questions on an exam?

I'm TAing an undergraduate course at a university in the US, and had a disagreement with the professor teaching the course about a question in an exam. Here's an abstract version of the relevant part: ...
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Appeal the grade in oral exam in Germany

I just received the grade of an oral exam and I do not satisfied with it. I want to appeal, but I am not sure if this is appropriate. Since I am in Germany, I heard that professors can give any grades ...
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How to compensate students who face technical issues in online exams

I am teaching a college level course, and a few students had technical issues during exam 1 (held online) and where not able to complete various parts of the exam. One option that I could think of is ...
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Funny 5th option in multiple choice exam?

I came across a multiple choice exam paper where the professor had included a funny fifth option in almost every question. There was also a bonus question at the end, where students can earn 0.5 extra ...
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How to design a translation test [closed]

I teach a language course on 1st year BA level. The students should be able to translate basic sentences, and this is to be tested in a written exam. I'm looking for resources on how to design the ...
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How do I proceed after having sat an exam where the instructions and problems were, seemingly, logically incoherent? [closed]

TL;DR I sat a timed (2 hour) online (home) exam for an online (due to COVID) statistical/machine learning class. It seems clear to me that the exam instructions and problems are logically incoherent, ...
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Correct verb for professor “writing” student exams?

On their CV, how should an associate professor go about making a bullet point accomplishment that they "designed / wrote / created / produced" student exams? that is, devised several pages ...
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Course gives flawed problems in exams every time [closed]

There is a course at my university that has not had a correctly posed exam as far as any student remembers. The exam consists of five problems of the type "Prove that if A, then B". At least ...
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Msc exam resit and PhD admissions

I study Msc in Belgium and I just got my exam results back. This was my first semester and I was 5 weeks late into the semester due to visa and immigration issues. Out of 4 exams I got 16-15-15-9 out ...
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Is a policy of asking questions covering material not covered by lectures common in universities? [closed]

I have come to know a prominent EU university in which it is an official policy that examination questions will be external to the lectures. For example, say, they are teaching Probability & ...
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I submitted the correct essay in an exam, but I did not remove my draft outline at the beginning of the essay. Is it going be a problem?

I was taking a language exam that asked us to finish writing an essay. Because of COVID, the exam went online and used Canvas as the platform. Neither scratch paper nor any other software was allowed ...
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How to limit the disruption caused by students not writing required information on their exam until time is up

When proctoring exams, I am regularly faced with the issue of students not writing their name and/or additional required information on their exam until time is up and I am collecting the exams. This ...
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Accused of cheating on online final exam [duplicate]

Last month I took my final exam for accounting online. My grades in the class are very good as I have a tutor for the class. I got an email from my professor telling me that she had to talk to me and ...
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How can I ask to not be assigned a seat near a particular person during exams?

I'm going to write my exams next month, but since COVID-19 we have special rules on how exams should be carried out and one of them is that every student is assigned a place to sit in the examination ...
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How can I deal with a professor with an all-or-nothing grading habit?

In the exams for the course I am taking, all questions are full credit or zero. Specifically, each exam has only 3 questions (approximately 30 points each). The professor only looks at the result. So, ...
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Is it against the rules to see someone's exam answers after the exam? [closed]

We had an exam and got the results 2 weeks later but I got slightly less points than I expected and we could not check the corrections yet. I was a bit impatient and wanted to see where I could have ...
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How can I deal with claims of technical difficulties for an online exam?

I was talking with some instructors, and we noticed that there is a pattern of claims about technical difficulties. I wonder if there are any rules to follow of whether to allow or don't allow ...
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Why do we put so much weight on final exams?

As we know from cognitive psychology that humans are most creative and learn things better when they are relaxed. I can also relate to this. I do much better in complex problem solving at home rather ...
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How to motivate students to take a “gauge” test that helps us with statistics but does not contribute to their grade?

I am TA-ing for a college class of general physics with currently ~60 enrolled students. We initially (at the beginning of each semester) give them the FCI test ("force concept inventory") ...
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“Caught” in a plagiarism program for an exam but not actually cheating

So I'm in a very strange situation. I got a mail that said that there is a suspicion of cheating in my Python coding exam. It said that I and two other students have very similar answers on the test ...
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Accused of cheating due to the time accounted by Blackboard

Since the exams this year for college is online, there is a timer. Usually, when I start an exam I click a random answer choice or what I think is right at that moment. Once I finish most of it, I go ...
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Timed text editor

Looking for a very specific tool. I want to give my students a link to a text editor. When they open that link, they see a question and instantly a countdown timer starts. Once the timer is over, ...
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What can I do when anxiety causes me to perform poorly in oral exams and class discussions?

I have this class where we have oral exams once in two weeks. I am honestly trying my best. I am preparing for the class and I think I understand all the material. I can do all the assignments (albeit ...
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Including a joke in an otherwise correct exam answer as the student

I just read Ethics of awarding points for hilariously bad answers, and it reminded me of my Senior History exam in high school. I was confident in my knowledge and noticed that I had a lot of time ...
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My University professor copied parts of my assignment for the sample solution. Should he have credited me?

So I just saw this and found it kind of funny, a bit weird, I guess flattering and wondered if he should have at least asked me or gave me some credit and is he allowed to do this as the professor? ! ...
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Exam requires self-imposing a time limit: what should I do when others are likely to use more time?

I am enrolled in an upper level STEM class. My teacher has recently announced that we have a "downloadable" midterm. The midterm is not officially timed, and we have a week to submit it, and ...
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What can I do if I am penalized in online exam due to no fault of mine? [closed]

My college is conducting exams online on their own portal that they built specifically for this purpose. Last week I gave a classtest and am shocked to see that I have been awarded 6/10 despite all my ...
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How to deal with fear of exams, perfectionism, and feeling inadequate?

I will get straight to the point without much details about my mental state. I am currently studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I would say that it is a demanding program. My school ...
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How does failing in a course during Master's studies in Germany affect job prospects?

What are the implications of failing an exam of a particular course during Master's studies in Germany? Is it considered bad in terms of future job prospects in that field? Does that disqualify you ...
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Are we focusing too much on cheating with online courses?

Recently, the online calculus class I TA for took their first test of the semester and the grades were horrific. Granted, this is my first semester as a TA so my expectations might have been high. ...
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How to gain strength for an exam I have been studying for 2.5 years which is only 15 days away?

I have been preparing for a very important exam for 2.5-3 years. And now I am completely exhausted, the exam was scheduled to happen in May, but due to COVID-19 it got delayed to September end. This ...
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I found an error in my exam that caused me to lose time on other questions, resulting in a lower grade. How can I appeal?

I'm a student in college, and while I was taking a linear algebra exam, I noticed that there was a mistake in the last exercise. Our exam is composed of two parts: multiple questions and exercises. ...
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A student offered me money to take one of his exams in his place. What should I do?

Briefly, I am currently offering my services as a math tutor on a dedicated website. Recently, a university student contacted me and offered me money to help him cheat an incoming exam. The ...
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Is it secure to use Microsoft Teams for quizzes?

So far, at the institution I work at, we have taken our quizzes in a proctored environment. Either on paper or sometimes online. But under the prevailing scenario, we need to resort to some fully ...
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Nice vs. ugly numbers in homework and tests

This question revolves around using integers (−1, 0, 1, 2, 3) or simple fractions (½, ⅓, ⅗) vs. real numbers (−1.254, 42.72) in teaching concepts, assigning homework, and preparing tests for math, ...
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Software for personal remote monitoring of exams

I suppose many instructors are looking for such a software. I give an exam that requires pencil and paper and computer software. I want to be able to look at computer screens students are using, I ...

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