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Setting Exams Remotely

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Training_2_Teach, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

    Any tips on preventing students from cheating in online exams from home?

    So far, I have considered:

    - Reducing the duration of the exams
    - Setting multiple short tests rather than one or more lengthy ones
    - Students signing some kind of declaration to say that they have not cheated
  2. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Lead commenter

    use a platform such as show my homework which presents multiple choice questions in a random order with a time limit. This prevents them communicating with each other and helping each other.

    make it an open book test, because you can't stop them looking in their books, so at least make sure everybody does.

    Do not use a published exam paper, as students simply google the mark scheme and copy it out.

    Use a plagiarism checker for extended writing

    Assume students will cheat, because many of them will if they can.
  3. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    It depends how they are administered.

    One solution is for it to be undertaken live on screen. At the start of the exam, a code is given to the student who writes this at the top of the page. At the end of the exam, they use their phone to scan each page and then send the pdf to the designated address. This is for handwritten exams rather than on screen exams of course. An invigilator can easily monitor 9 students at a time.

    If it is unsupervised exams then you have to assume that they are using the internet unless you ask the parents to invigilate with the caveat that these are simply rehearsals and the data will not feature in any future CAGs due to the susceptibility to plagiarism and cheating, but rather be used to solely provide formative feedback. Indeed, that’s the real way to discourage cheating during it. Don’t give them numerical marks back. Give them formative feedback on each question. Pointless cheating then because all you get is a lack of helpful feedback.
  4. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Tests / exams with random questions are great. Remember from setting them when one student put up his hand to say that his questions were different from those around him, I just replied - yes - good isn't it.
    Also like ones were the initial questions determine an approximate level and determine the level of difficulty of the main ones.
  5. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    Agreed with all the above advice.

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