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

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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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What statistical testing needs to be done to test the following hypothesis? [closed]

What statistical testing needs to be done to test the following hypothesis? "Gender is related to whether or not students considered doing an MBA program." The gender variable has the ...
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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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How to deal with a student who tricks a professor into accepting a late exam?

There are multiple cases of movie or TV show students who are attending an exam and are too late to turn in, but then ask the teacher "do you know who I am" at their desk. Then when the ...
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Students examination in presentation

Hello I have recently started my job as a teacher at a University in Pakistan. So everything is a first time experience. Now a days our university is conducting mid exams. The process is we have to ...
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I was accused of cheating on an online physics exam because my answers were similar to those on Chegg [closed]

Today I was found guilty because my exam answers were similar to those on the math website. I haven't even seen the evidence(Chegg's answers) they said. I would like some advice on the appeal. Here is ...
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Is it OK to have a significant drop in grades when moving from the Middle East to the EU?

I did my Bachelor's Degree in physics in the Middle East, graduating with the highest honors and an academic transcript full of A's. I was accepted to pursue my graduate studies in one of the best ...
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Is it okay to ask your professor about the final exam that I took 3 years ago?

So in my first year of university, I failed one class. I was really good at that subject and had great grades but because of my final exam, I have failed it. I felt discourages and thought that maybe ...
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What are best practices for reducing cheating in online tests? [closed]

I would like to know how can universities conduct exams of mathematical subjects during coronavirus. My university is not willing to let us be tested from afar because of the claim that in this case, ...
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Missed registration deadline that was not announced for second exam of a course, how should I proceed?

I am an undergraduate student in Germany. Due to scheduling problems I couldn't attend an exam last semester. Subsequently, because of COVID-19, the date for the second exam was unknown. To register ...
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Am I morally obliged to report myself of a perceived violation of good academic practice? [closed]

I am the original poster from this question on a new account. I tried registering the account, but for some reason it made me have a fresh account with no rep and did not acknowledge my original post, ...
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I have been accused of cheating on an online exam because my answers were similar to those in a math website, is this sufficient proof of cheating? [closed]

My professor has accused me of cheating on an online exam, which was proctored by a TA. My camera did fall a few times but I was constantly lifting it up. The class is a precalc class which I'm just ...
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Old Cambridge examination: Draw, from memory, a wheelbarrow turned upside down

I came across the following story about the exams students sat in 1858 see page 4 here. The following questions are taken from the first examinations set by the The University of Cambridge Local ...
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Realizing possible academic misconduct after degree award

A few days ago, I was notified of my degree award, and my imposter syndrome kicked in - trying to see if I've done anything to not warrant earning it. I found myself looking through good academic ...
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Can re-take exams be changed after submission? [closed]

I recently took a final which 97% of the class failed. I want to take this issue to the higher ups as there were many issues with the exam, such as including topics not covered in class. My question ...
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What are the benefits of having a rank based cut-off over a marks based cut-off in entrance exams (if any)?

There are usually two types of cut-offs in entrance exams that decide who will and who won't be able to attend the particular institution. They are : Rank based Marks based In a rank based cut-off ...
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How to handle requests for a race-based exam structure?

A colleague of mine is a non-tenured teaching-track faculty in a neighboring university. We work together frequently through our joint outreach and REU projects. He is currently teaching a summer ...
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How can I compare photos and PDFs submitted for an online math test to detect for plagiarism?

I have a group of 1000 students giving an online math test, and 10 teachers (each one evaluating 100 students). Some of the students sent photos and others sent PDF files for their submissions. I ...
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Testing out of Undergraduate Major Requirements [closed]

Background I am a pending transfer student (incoming undergraduate sophomore) at various universities. I plan on pursuing a double major in math and physics. Now, I believe that I am proficient in ...
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Minimizing cheating in online final exam?

What technologies or techniques are practical for minimizing cheating and collaboration in a University final examination that is to be held online? I have seen some third-party arrangement which ...
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Deciding between cursive and print handwriting [closed]

I was taught cursive in elementary school but was discouraged from using cursive by an English teacher in in a non English speaking country. At least I took his/her comment that “not many people use ...
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What should I do if I was wrongly accused of cheating? [duplicate]

I used to think that online exams allow me to perform better in exams in a more relaxed setting, but today after an examination I changed my opinions, because the tutor proctor probably thought I was ...
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Exam structure and final evaluation, corrective factors [closed]

I've in front of me a real exam. It has two questions, first one divided in two parts (second part can not be answered without first one correctly answered) rated 3 and 2 points respectively. Second ...
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Refusing for turning on a zoom camera during an exam? [closed]

Hello I have a question regarding video during exams. My professor is hosting an exam using Zoom, and I was wondering if there was any basis for refusing to use the camera during the exam. Each ...
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What to do if my internet connection drops during the exam? [closed]

Next week I will start having online exams. One of the rules is that the camera must stay on during the whole time. Unfortunately, my internet connection will occasionally drop. This will happen ...
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How to design an oral exam?

There have been a number of other questions about grading oral exams, or about which countries use them, etc., but for those of us who come from places that don't traditionally use oral exams, how do ...
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Is it bad to not test the capability of the explainability of the student at the graduate level?

Suppose I am the only instructor for a subject. I need to conduct an exam. I am confused between the following two approaches for designing questions. Approach I: Questions with single line answers ...
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Retroactively Awarding Extra Exam Time

Since the beginning of the Corona Virus pandemic and the adaptation to distance learning, I have had to adapt my classes to hold exams via video calls. In previous semesters when I've had students ...
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Is asking practice exam questions on the web cheating?

Is asking practice exam questions released by a professor on the web cheating? If you asked questions from a past exam, that was already released, and graded, is that cheating?
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of timed online exams? [closed]

I have seen several ideas for online exams but one thing that is not fully discussed is what are the advantages and disadvantages of timed exams? This will be helpful to many, especially during these ...
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Is it appropriate to express concerns to a professor about a new exam format?

I'm taking a math class at community college. The class has three regular exams (25% of grade) and a final (25%). Normally, the professor generously grades the fifteen-question exams with partial ...

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