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

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How does a former student respectfully submit suggestions on how to teach a class better to a professor after graduating?

How does a former student respectfully submit course suggestions about how a professor should teach and examine students after graduating? I always think class-feedback given by students who just took ...
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Is it academic dishonesty if I committed my exam answers into a private GitHub repo during an exam?

During an exam, I committed codes into my repository on GitHub. In this case, am I involved in academic dishonesty for providing answers in public even though my repository was set as private?
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My students are leaving notes on exam about their difficulties and mental health. How to proceed?

This is the first semester in which classes aren't online anymore after the pandemic where I lecture (For information, this is in Brazil, and English is not my mother language). It's been two years of ...
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Difficult exam and no correlation with lectures and assignments

So there's a Statistics exam in my Uni (in Germany). It's more of an application to Surveying. The Prof. who teaches this class gives really easy assignments which made me believe the exam would be in ...
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What is the value of examinations (as compared with homework/term papers) under the honour system?

This question is asked in a university context where one assumes that the honour system works. (It is obvious that one needs more elaborate "sit-in" examination systems if students try to ...
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How should one design their students' take-home exam and decide on its length?

What strategies have you used to determine the length of your students' take home exams in the past? What is the best way to estimate/anticipate how long it will take students to complete a problem? ...
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What is the best way to confront students that I believe are cheating?

I have a very strong suspicion that a final written exam of a student was written by another student of mine. The style, the wording, even font, etc. are just way too similar to be random. I am ...
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Why are high pass rates for courses considered acceptable in the US?

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist the temptation to use this somewhat provoking title.) This recent question motivated me to finally ask the following, somewhat dual, question which I've been wondering ...
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Why are low pass rates (below 50%) for exams considered acceptable in Germany?

The Law Stack Exchange question “Can you take action against a miserable pass-rate of an exam?” is about an exam at a German university where: The first exam had a failure-rate of 58% (265 ...
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Student gives two different answers to one exam question, one right and one wrong. How should I mark/grade this?

I am marking an exam for a course I tutor. One student has given two answers for a particular question in the exam – one answer is fully correct, while the other is completely wrong. Each answer has ...
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will failing an exam in undergrad affect the persons chances of getting into a good phd program

let's say someone failed in a major subject in their end semester examination in their undergrad. that person had to retake the exam. will this affect the person's chance of getting into a good Ph.D. ...
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Students lacking test material

I teach at a community college in a large city in the U.S. In any testing session (esp. lower-level, non-major courses), inevitably, one more students will arrive at the start time or a few minutes ...
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What is a good way to scan a lot of exams?

Due to COVID, we have to convert a large number of hand written exams into PDF. Does anybody have experience with this? What could be a good strategy?
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Error in PDF conversion led to lower score on test

My daughter is a college student. During her test she was required to use their online system to log in and answer the questions, then convert the results to PDF and upload to the professor. She ...
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Providing required formulae in mathematical statistics' final exam [closed]

In a final exam of mathematical statistics, a set of required statistical tables are allowed to be used. As a junior instructor of Mathematical Statistics, I want to know whether I can provide a sheet ...
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Advice on unintentional academic misconduct

I took an online exam a month ago and ran into some technical issues which caused me to do it on another device. I realize now that this can be seen as academic misconduct since it shows me leaving ...
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I have been rightfully caught with plagiarism in my Math finals online, will I be able to continue my academic path? [closed]

I am a first-year Physics student and I decide to challenge myself by taking a Math course that's well above my level. I was doing pretty well during the first half of the semester with offline ...
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Is it plagiarism to retell the sentences in textbook during closed book examination essay without a citation?

During a time-limited closed-book final exam, I was asked to write an essay summarizing what I learned in this course. I used a lot of key knowledge points and conceptual explanations from the ...
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Experiences and research in motivational effect on giving bonus points in exams based on handed in exercise problems

In our curriculum we have several courses that students fail a lot. One of the reasons which we suspect leads them to fail is that a lot of students do not do the exercises that we advise them to do. ...
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My teacher accidentally put one of the codes on my test and I used it [closed]

On my programming midterm, my teacher gave me one of the codes for the question on accident. I did not mention this to the teacher and used it as my answer and deleted where he gave it to me. The ...
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Tips for computer coding exams

I'm studying computer science at a technical college. In some courses we perform live coding exams, i.e. we download the code and have a certain amount of time to solve the exam, then we have to push ...
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Best grading statistics

I am fresh at teaching computer science. For this subject, students must write an exam. Are there any statistics beyond avg, median, max, min points which you can recommend calculating? Furthermore, ...
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What is the term for managing programs and their relationship with students within a university? [closed]

I'm developing a web application to help conduct assessments for a college. I have several components in the application: Component Description Content Deals with the management of the content (...
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What is the best way to get my test questions from a Word document into an online assessment tool?

Since the pandemic, my department has been encouraging faculty to shift their assessments online. I've been holding off because I've heard from others how laborious it is to enter my test questions ...
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Two-thirds of the class received an extra 10 minutes on an exam. Should I bring this up with the professor?

One of my graduate-level classes had our midterm exam worth 30% of our class grade. Since our class is too big for proper distancing in our usual room, the professor split the class. Two-thirds of the ...
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Is it normal for a professor to schedule a late night exam?

I'm in my first year of a PhD program in the U.S. One of my professors scheduled a midterm exam for 8:30-11pm at night, and I think it will be very hard for me to stay up that late for an exam. I'm ...
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How to get tuned into a subject faster during exams?

We have 3 days gaps during exams. It takes me about two days to get tuned into a subject, i.e ., to get into the state of flow. I get tuned to studying around the middle of the second day. Is there ...
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What is it called in academia when a teacher grades low scoring students more leniently than those who score well?

For example, in a classroom, if a group of students score 45%, the teacher tries to help these students by allowing them to take a second attempt exam. At the same time, a student with 70% can't ...
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Is there a trick to choose the optimum number of past year questions to solve under timing constraints?

A not uncommon occurrence for students is that they only have a few days left before an exam for a course they are taking and may still have some topics that they need to revise. (This doesn't ...
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Two different gre scores

so I gave my gre for the second time and got a score of 160 in quant and 146 in verbal. However first time I got 158 in quant and 150 in verbal. Which score do I send to the university or do I send ...
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Best day of the week to hold an exam?

I'm a course instructor and was finalizing my syllabus when I hit a bit of a wall and would love to hear the community's input. If you're teaching a class that meets twice per week, do you prefer to ...
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Why not offer credit by exam to students who have failed a course?

Summary: Students who have never taken a particular course often can get "credit by exam". However, it's extremely common for credit by exam to be disallowed to students who have previously ...
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What are the procedures for a high school graduate to only do exams at university for upper division courses, graduate and become a PhD candidate? [closed]

Suppose that a high school student has mastered physics and math subjects taught at university at the level expected for a graduate student. The student has done research in collaboration with a ...
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How to recommend something for the organizers for an exam? (by a student) [closed]

I am a student and I want to recommend a change for an exam I am going to appear for. So what is the official way to raise a suggestion for the organizers of a particular exam? It is a national level ...
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Is it normal for professors to give out exercises very similar to those done in class for the exam?

I had to take a group oral exam on Microsoft Teams. The exam situation that we received was exactly the same as one of the practice situations that the professor had given us during class. The ...
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Would it be unprofessional to include SAT scores in a graduate application?

The SAT is what you take for undergrad admissions in the US. But would a near perfect score on my CV help? I'm asking as an international applicant--the reading portion is significantly harder than ...
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How do I deal with failure so early on?

I'm in my first year of a STEM PhD and had to sit some exams as part of an external training course. Out of the two I had to do, I failed the first one by 4 points and I'm feeling really rough about ...
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I failed an exam [closed]

So I had to sit some exams as part of a training course designed to introduce me to the theory I'll be studying on my PhD. Sadly I had a feeling that I'd not done terribly well on one of them and that ...
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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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