Stop the Cheating! Best Practices to Minimize Security Risks on Exams

September 27, 2017

Stop the Cheating! Best Practices to Minimize Security Risks on Exams

Recently, Aimee Strang, Assistant Dean for Curricular Assessment for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discussed ways to minimize cheating using ExamSoft's testing application.”

The key takeaways from his presentation include:

  1. ExamSoft’s exam snapshot reporting makes it more difficult for students to cheat and increases the risk of students getting caught cheating.

  2. Randomizing question and answer choices, avoiding question grouping, and disabling backwards test navigation are some of the item writing and exam creation techniques that can minimize exam security risks.

  3. Exam delivery strategies, such as assigned seating and the use of additional proctors, work to reduce academic dishonesty on exam day.

ExamSoft is known for being a secure testing platform for all types of educational programs or licensing bodies. However, regardless of the precautions taken, students are extremely creative and still find ways around the system. This presentation will focus on best exam creation and test building practices to minimize cheating. We will cover items related to item writing, exam posting, remote deletion, proctor checks, day-of set up and more.

“Everything during the exam is logged in ExamSoft, so faculty can see exactly what's going on during the exam for each student."

To view a PDF copy of the presentation, please click here.

 

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