Exam Security Resources Roundup

February 19, 2018 Mitchell Law


Academic dishonesty has become a major challenge to all educational institutions in the 21st century. A recent study by Kessler International, in which 300 students from both public and private colleges were interviewed, found that a stunning 86 percent of students said they’ve cheated in school.

This post is a collection of examples illustrating how various educational programs have used technologies, strategies, and processes to successfully combat the growing pandemic of academic dishonesty.

Blog Post: Challenges Affecting Distance Education and How ExamSoft Can Help

Compared to educators proctoring in-person exams, distance educators face more difficult challenges when it comes to controlling the testing environment because instructors can’t physically see what their students are doing during testing. This makes security a necessity for distance educators. This blog post describes how ExamSoft designed it’s testing platform Examplfy to completely lock down the entire exam process, preventing students from opening browsers, accessing files, or exiting each exam.  

Webinar: Creating and Implementing Security Settings for Computer-Based Testing

In this webinar, Michelle Cruz, Senior Graduate Program Associate for Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Nursing, discusses her department’s experiences with and strategies behind the implementation of secure computer-based testing. She describes how ExamSoft’s exam setting capabilities, like offline test delivery and randomization of question and answer choices, helped to create a secure online testing environment.  

Blog Post: Exploring the Risks of Using a Lockdown Browser

There are risks with using tools like lockdown browsers that claim to solve the challenges of exam security. Some major challenges include difficulty implementing lockdown browsers in bring your own device examination systems, as well as the all too familiar Wi-Fi internet disruptions. In this blog post, these risks are explored in more detail. While these risks linger in many technological solutions, ExamSoft’s offline testing platform remains the reliable and stable solution that gives educators the flexibility and control to deliver quizzes and exams on different devices and in many different environments.

Webinar: Ensuring a Secure Testing Environment

Dishonest behaviors start early in a student’s academic life. A study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, in which 23,000 high school students were interviewed, found that 51 percent of students admittedly cheated at some point on an exam, and even more despairingly, the same students reported no feelings of remorse. In this webinar, Albert Spiegel, Laptop Coordinator for Bergen Catholic High School, delineates his school’s approach to combating high-tech and non-high-tech cheating. After adopting ExamSoft’s testing platform, Bergen Catholic High School was able to see exactly what each student was doing during each exam by viewing exam-taker time logs. All different types of educational institutions can find value in the approaches and strategies presented in this webinar.

Combating cheating is no easy task, but the resources above can assist you in developing successful strategies and processes to combat academic dishonesty. The educational programs in the resources above chose to partner with ExamSoft because they needed a stable, reliable, flexible, and safe testing solution that would give them control over the testing environment. ExamSoft is here to help your program achieve the same results. Schedule a demo with us today.

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