Community Standards & Student Conduct

In-class exams tips

  • Share with students in advance about the methods you are taking to prevent academic misconduct during exams – this information may help deter students from engaging in academic misconduct
  • Clearly explain to students what your expectations are regarding academic integrity before the exam starts and ensure they understand
  • Give oral and written instructions concerning material allowed or not allowed during the exam at the beginning of the test
  • If using blue books for exams, collect all of them and randomly redistribute them to the class
  • Additionally, be sure to collect all blue books, whether used or not, at the end of the exam
  • Use alternating copies of exams, with different colors and questions in different orders
  • Additionally vary the multiple choice order on the different exams consider using different values for different versions of the test
  • For classes in auditorium-style rooms, think about alternating the test versions by row to ensure students cannot cheat off a student in the row in front of them
  • Randomize seating order to avoid friends or cliques sitting together or have students fill out a seating chart that you can reference if you suspect academic misconduct
  • Train your TAs how to be an effective proctor – encourage them to regularly walk around the room observing students instead of doing other work or reading
  • If a student needs to leave the room, collect their exam materials while the student is out of the room
  • After the exam, mark the answer sheets in a way where responses cannot be changed and allows you to see if there have been alterations if a student brings up a concern about grading
  • Scan a copy of the exam before returning to students
  • Give an alternate version of the exam for students you allow to make up the test

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