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

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Do you agree that cheating on exams provides an unfair advantage? Do you think it is “okay” to tell on your peers? [closed]

This is inspired by another persons question regarding weather or not it is okay to tell on your peers for cheating during exams. Since I am new to the site, I am having difficulty responding to the ...
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How to study better when underprepared for grad level theory course

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the area of digital communication networks. I am taking an information theory class and we had our midterm last week, which was open book, open notes. I did poorly on it-...
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Should I include extra information in quiz questions?

I'm curious about the pros/cons of including extra flavor text in quiz/exam questions. For example, which would be better? What is the product of this reaction? The following molecule is found in a ...
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Most common ways of cheating on exams?

I've been thinking how I proctor and design exams, and I suspect (from things I hear) that there is much more cheating than I find evidence of. What are the most common ways university students cheat,...
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Is looking up the source of tests and using those to practice considered cheating?

The question (Is studying past exams I found online cheating?) was sort of relevant but did not answer my question, so please do not mark this question as a duplicate: Onto my dilemma: I recently ...
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Do international students need to take the SAT and TOEFL to study in the US?

I am from Colombia and would like to do grad school in the United States. It seems in order to study I need to take the SAT and TOEFL exams? Is this correct or does it depend on the university?
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How should I structure exams when individual problems could use up the entire class time?

I am currently preparing for a new class in an area in which the individual problems can be very long. (My writeups for individual homework problems were often three or four pages long when I took the ...
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Best practices when allowing exam cheat sheets

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am currently teaching an applied mathematics course for about thirty students with business-related ...
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Prepared exam essay matches published example

My son (3rd yr zoology in the UK) has an exam tomorrow, in which the task is to write an essay on the history of a(ny) branch of science. The idea is that the students can research and prepare their ...
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Missing final exam due to exhaustion?

A student is asking for an alternative exam because he was "completely exhausted" due to overwork the last month or so of the semester, including the exam day. He provided a doctor's notice ...
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Should I write an email to the professor I want to work with regarding my performance in the exam?

I am a masters student in one of the Swiss federal institutes. There is a professor I wish to work under as a PhD student after my masters. In fact, this was the entire reason I decided to join the ...
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Fellow student asked question from take-home exam on Stack Exchange

In an advanced university course on computer science and problem solving, one of my fellow students asked for a solution to a home exam on one of the Stack Exchange sites. The question he asked is ...
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Forwarding a student’s question about exam modalities to a professor as a TA?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant. My tasks this semester include writing/putting together a formula sheet containing a lot of formulas and some graphs that the students should not have ...
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How to properly assess a student's knowledge of a subject [closed]

Good afternoon, Often times (in my experiences) tests questions are based upon irrelevant specific details that do not necessarily reflect a student's knowledge of the subject matter. For instance, I ...
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How can I organise my own proctor in South America for a foreign university exam? [closed]

I am taking an online accredited course at Illinois and I need to have someone in South America proctor a test (preferably Bolivia, Argentina, or Chile). Anyone have any suggestions for how to ...
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Forgotten to answer question

Seeing Forgot to answer exam question and thinking back to my exam that I wrote a day ago, I think it might be me who forgot! I recall the last few exam questions but not answering them! Should I ...
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A student forgot to answer an exam question

A student in an undergrad class seems to have forgotten to answer the last few questions on a written essay. This student has achieved an average of A+ so far (over the term) The last few questions ...
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I screwed up the final. What should I do? [closed]

I'm a master electrical engineering student in a state university and I just took my very last final exam on Wednesday. I totally screwed up. I could not solve any of the problems (4 problems). It has ...
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What should the course leader do if some students were given less time for a quiz?

I am the course leader for a course with more than 600 students. This semester, I decided to conduct our end-of-semester quiz as a computer-based quiz using our school's learning management system. We ...
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Is it unreasonable to change the rules of a quiz/exam one week in advance?

I am the course leader for an undergraduate course. We have two quizzes each semester: one around the middle of the semester, and one at the end. For the first quiz, students were allowed to bring a ...
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Learning Style Issues [closed]

I am currently a third-year student at a U.S. liberal-arts university located abroad, and I come from a completely different educational system when it comes to taking exams. Back home in high school, ...
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What should I do if I accidentally get graded on a take-home exam for someone else's work? [closed]

A few weeks ago, I had an exam. Some of the questions were to be solved by computer and the results printed out and handed in. I didn't do well on the exam: I didn't solve some of the questions and I ...
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What to do if I find actual exam marks higher than the marks I made for my exam?

In course specification for the course I teach there should be two mid-term exams. For each one that total marks should be 20. I forgot about that and gave the students the first mid-term with only ...
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Handling “contraband” tattoos in closed-book exams [closed]

I'm wondering how a proctor of a closed-book exam should approach the case where a student has a tattoo that would double as a cheat sheet. Maybe they think the math looks cool, or they got a nice ...
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When is it acceptable to report classmates who cheat on an exam? [duplicate]

So for one of my computer science classes, we have a WhatsApp chat among all students in the class to network and help each other out with questions regarding homework, or if we have any confusion on ...
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Should I scold the act of cheating before an exam?

Usually when I'm applying an exam on my students, right before giving them the questions sheet, I tell them not to cheat. I usually warn them that I will not be inspecting their every move, but I will ...
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Extra question for specific students on test/quiz

While this may seem unfair intuitively, I want to know whether if it is fair for a professor to have an extra question for specific students in the class. A little background: In a calculus class, 3 ...
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Answering Ambiguous or Outright Preposterous Questions

Given the premise of any form of testing is the evaluation of one's knowledge in comparison to the population (i.e. class) as a whole and a set body of knowledge (i.e. syllabus). How does one ...
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How should feedback be given for “silly mistakes” on an exam

I am a TA currently grading a set of 80 midterms for an engineering math course for fourth-year engineer undergrads. The test had four questions, each question had around four parts. Of course, ...
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What are strategies for minimizing student questions during exams?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I generally find student questions during tests and quizzes to be somewhat annoying. I disliked them ...
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Is it cheating to give someone my old exam revision notes?

Last year I completed an exam at University and a friend is doing the same exam/class this year. Would it be cheating if I gave her my revision notes of the semester (written before I did the exam)? ...
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Only one student answered an exam question - and I strongly suspect he cheated

Today we (professors + teaching assistants) proctored a midterm exam for a class of about 80 students. There was undoubtedly a "hardest" question on the exam, since nearly the entire classroom of ...
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Is making non-culture-related exam questions culture-specific ever a good idea?

So far I maintain the position that an exam question for a subject that is not related to culture should not be culture-specific. By that I mean a question should not contain any "jargon" only known ...
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Why do professors use reverse trick questions (questions that are seemingly difficult but actually easy?) [closed]

Often, on exams in particular, reverse trick questions are posed. These are questions which look tough, complex, and pompous, but are actually easy and can be solved by applying some basic method. I ...
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Retaking a course but the exams are exactly the same as last year's

I recently faced a problem that is, I took a course at my university last year and got some grade for it, so for further improving it I gave the course this year again. The course is purely evaluated ...
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My examination centre made a big mistake, what should I do? [closed]

I live in the U.K. and I'm taking my A-Levels (the qualifications before university). Yesterday I sat my Computer Science exam. This is the first of two papers, and is completed on the computer. Once ...
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High-stakes tests: How messy can an optical scan sheet be and still be readable? [closed]

A student has traditionally been given a 504 accommodation to be permitted to mark answers to multiple choice questions directly in the test booklet, for a proctor to transfer the answers to the ...
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Harsh marking - is it worth complaining?

I know that we have to be meticulous in pure mathematics courses, and I appreciate that. Comparing a particular course I took recently to the other pure math courses I've taken before, it appears that ...
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Evidence for/against practical exams and their “added stress”

Numerous science course labs (especially anatomy labs) incorporate "practical exams" into their lab assessment. These exams involve having students visit multiple stations containing various visual ...
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Is it appropriate to give feedback to instructor about final exam?

I wrote a final exam in a course, in which the professor said that he would not test our memory and give all the needed formulae, so I didn't concentrate on memorizing them. Would it be appropriate ...
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Should examination questions be ordered in the same way as they are presented?

I'm writing my midterm and am currently coming up with questions that relate to important course concepts that I want to test. This is being done in a somewhat ad-lib manner, and my questions are out ...
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Is it legal or normal for a professor to require 65 or above on both assessments to pass the unit? [closed]

Our grades for the Coding class I am taking are divided between projects and exams. The professor I take the class under has the following policy on her syllabus: If our cumulative average for ...
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Diverse forms of testing and grading

I am close to an academic who is facing heavy criticism for having used an unorthodox grading scheme in a final exams (there was a multiplication involved to ensure a good grade would mean decent ...
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Appropriate to meet with prof. to discuss low quality exam

I am in an MBA program and last week had a two part test for a marketing class. I was under the impression the first part was just analysis, essentially creating models and writing notes on trends so ...
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Losing focus in an exam, how does it affect my goal - grad school [duplicate]

So I'll explain my self briefly, I've just finished my first semester in my undergrad program and my goal is to move on to masters in the US in Stanford or near that area. So obviously grades are ...
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Professor keeps students tests. No taking notes home when reviewing them.

A friend of mine has a professor that does not allow the students to take home their graded test. The process the teacher has is like this: Students come to class and the professor has everyone put ...
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Is there an entrance exam I can take to get admitted directly into a European PhD program in electrical engineering without a masters?

I'm an undergraduate electrical engineer. I have studied up to 80 percent of a masters in electrical engineering program and have two IEEE published papers. Is there such a thing as a PhD entrance ...
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Should the marker be responsible for explaining assignments and exams or the instructor?

Some instructors tell their students to ask the markers about the questions on assignments and exam papers after they are marked. But many markers are not quite familiar with textbook or other ...
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Is there a standard approach for grading sequence-based questions?

An assessment I'm looking at contains a few questions along the lines of: Arrange the following in the correct sequence: __: The third in sequence __: The second in sequence __: The ...
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Is it unethical to not give feedback on final exams or assignments?

In this question a person working as a TA was asking if and how he should try to persuade a lecturer to change her practice, in which she gave grades for final assignments but not detailed feedback. ...

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