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Questions tagged [exams]

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

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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 [on hold]

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 ...
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Ethics of take home tests

I am in a professional evening program, it is full of students like myself that have full time jobs. Recently we had a professor give us a take home exam that said "no collaboration, no internet usage"...
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Failing students: Avoidable or not? [closed]

One college lecturer often does not care about failing his students, another does. Say we are talking about a Calculus I class. A. One fails students because they simply do not achieve the minimum ...
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What Happens When Schools Cannot Provide A Placement Exam? [closed]

I am attempting to pass a class by exam this term, due to the fact that this is an option provided by the school and I need to in order to stay on track. I did this the previous term, but due to a ...
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Is there a way to compare your performance in one university to another?

I graduated from CS from a university in Canada. Although I did pretty well, I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if I had gone to a different university. For example, I cannot help but ...
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In the GRE, why are we allowed to use calculators and not dictionaries? [closed]

Basic arithmetic is pretty trivial, but it can take time and is often very tedious for large quantities and so they allow us to use calculators when writing the GRE (Graduate Records Examination). ...
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open-note essay exam with the questions given ahead of time, what is considered cheating?

I'm taking a class this semester through an online program. We have an essay exam due on Thursday every week that is open-book, open-notes, etc., we're even asked to cite the textbook and other ...
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Is my approach to discouraging whiners from taking my class acceptable?

I am writing a syllabus for a Calculus for Business class. When I taught the last year, I had some very weak but vocal students whine that the tests were tough (despite other students doing fine), the ...
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Is there a reason to report standardized test scores on crazy ranges?

The SAT comprises two sections, each scored on the range 200-800 (in 10-point increments, so it's really 20-80), so the final score is on the range 400-1600. It used to have three such sections, for a ...
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Is it fair to punish the student for not knowing what's in the course? [duplicate]

A number of questions (e. g., this one or that one) discuss the situations where the student is punished after invoking, in the exam context, knowledge that's outside the scope of the course. This ...
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Asking an exam question that requires a specific technique

This question Inadmissible theorems in research mentioned a scenario in which a student was not allowed to use a theorem that he knew because it wasn't in the course. I've administered exams in which ...
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How to ace the final home take exam? [closed]

I am an international grad student studying at a Canadian university. I have a home-take exam. It is the first time that I am taking this type of exam. How should I prepare for this exam? Will it be ...
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Is preparing for a lawsuit a valid reason to defer an exam? [closed]

An employer owes me wages and I have not been able to get them to comply without escalating matters. As a result, I have been preparing to take them to court, but I have an exam for my masters that I ...
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How to deal with exam performances that do not reflect my abilities?

I'm an undergrad student in TAU for mathematics. I failed two classes I took on the first semester so I had to repeat them. unfortunately, I failed again. I got 48 on one exam as you need to get 55 ...
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Are online exam proctoring services efficient and trustworthy?

Several universities are providing online degrees using a service "Online Exam Proctoring". Have these online proctoring services reached to a level of efficiency and trustworthy that even a complete ...
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Is it ok for an examiner to hide exam reviews

We recently had our final exam for our bachelor degree and most of us haven't passed it, despite all the hard work we've put into it and the difference in our expectations for the results. We asked ...
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On some cases where exam results are manipulated

This problem has been bothering me as a lecturer and future PhD student for a while now. A student just finishes filling his exam sheet. He then gives the sheet to the lecturer. The lecturer is then ...
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What to do if I have seen an exam before I have taken it?

Today I saw a photograph of an upcoming exam at my university. At first I thought it was last year's exam; so I took a closer look at it as I think it is okay to see last year's exams even if they ...
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Will I be penalized if i give someone who hasn't taken a test my test so he could study for his?

I took this Mathematics class and this student asked me if I could ask the teacher to send my test so I could send to him so he can study for the test. It's not that I don't want to be a good person ...
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Was supposed to do an oral exam, but was instead presented with my grade [closed]

Me and a group of classmates (each of whom including myself had been active participants of the course) got called to the professors office half a week before our oral exam and were each presented ...
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I helped friend on exam by writing answers in large font size, and didn't erase it properly. Will I get into trouble?

The answer contained 4 words, I wrote them in a large font size. I erased them at the last minute, but it's still visible if you see it closely. Can lecturer accuse me of cheating in this case?
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How to choose a good grading curve for yes/no exams?

I teach a certain course where I think the best way to test knowledge is using yes/no questions. However, with a simple yes/no exam, a student can just answer randomly to all questions and get, in ...
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Is it acceptable to put the blame on an instructor during an oral exam for a mistake?

During class, I asked my instructor about a certain thing that didn't make sense to me. Basically, there was a problem that I couldn't figure out how to solve using the methods we've studied. The ...
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How to scale grades to take into account how strong the students are?

I am interested in different methods for scaling grades from a class test, say. In this case there is only one test and this gives the whole class grade. I remember from years ago a method that took ...
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Is it unethical to give students a sample math test as a study guide?

The students were never told this is the actual exam or this will be on the exam; my physics teacher used to give us the problems for the exam as a study guide and those were the exact problems on the ...
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Cheating during a test

I took a test today morning and I saw that the person sitting next to me used her phone repeatedly, I believe it was to check the power point slides for answers. The fact that this student also asked ...
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Student dissatisfied with exam grade: what to watch out for?

A student who has trained hard for my exam got a just-passing grade. They are dissatisfied with it, and have mailed me to ask to have a look at my corrections. Naturally, I agreed to this. In the mail,...