Top Ten Testing Tips for New Staff

Most students are not interested in cheating on their exams, but to help keep things fair, here are some guidelines.

Top Ten Testing Tips:

#10 Make sure that students turn in all parts of their exam and scratch paper. As a general rule, do not allow students to use scratch paper.

Some Instructors do not want students using scratch paper, because they can write down the questions to a test and give them to someone else, if they take it out of the lab.

If you let a student use scratch paper, then note it in the Checkin screen, and make sure the person hands it in after they complete their test. Obviously, this is hard to do, because we have staff coming and going all of the time, which is one reason we do not hand out scratch paper very much. If you have to let a student use scratch paper, then use the half sheets provided which say, “TURN IN AFTER TESTING” on it. If you see someone making for their backpack with scratch paper in their hand, then make sure they turn it in.

If they are taking a written test, then they may be able to just write on the back of the exam, unless it is an exam that we re-use.

If they are taking a computer test, have them come ask for scratch paper if they need it.

Students could easily walk out with a test if we’re not watching and/or it’s very busy. Mostly, people want to hand their tests in, but it would be possible to discreetly walk over to the cubbies and put the test with their stuff and leave with it, so please look up if a student is leaving.

#9 Do not leave completed tests, scantrons, etc. sitting out. File them right away, or as soon as possible.

If you are busy setting other students up for tests, then just check to see that all parts of the test are handed in, that the student’s name is on the exam, and place the test in the wire basket. Then you can file the test (s) after you’re done helping students.

If there are two people working in the lab, the staff person in the computer room can help file tests when the written testing is busy and computer testing is not as busy, but please keep an eye on the testers in the other room if you do this.

#8 If a test allows a notecard, ask to see it before the student tests and put a yellow “sticker of approval” on it. Ask students to write their name and their INSTRUCTOR’s LAST NAME on their notecard and have them turn in their notecards when finished testing.

If the notecard is larger than 3 x 5, and it is covered in writing on both sides, then the student will need to remake the card or cut it down to size. If it’s a sheet of paper or a larger notecard, but the amount of writing is less than or equal to what they could fit on both sides of a 3 x 5 card, then that’s O.K– just attach the sticker and ask the student to turn in the card after testing.

If a student is allowed to take an exam twice, then s/he should make a copy of the card prior to the first attempt. S/he should turn in the card after attempt #1 and use the photocopied version for attempt #2.

#7 After a student completes a computer test and submits it, always return the screen to the MOODLE login page and LOCK the screen.

If screens are not locked, then students can access the menu page and could potentially take a test for someone else, if they had the student’s L#.

#6 Make sure that students go to the assigned testing stations. Do not seat students in cubicles that are out of view of lab staff, unless the lab is full.
After they are seated, check to make sure that their belongings are not at their testing station.

#5 As a general rule, space students taking the same exam, at least one seat apart. If students come in with their friends, then assign them seating on opposite sides of the room.

#4 Always check ID. Check to make sure the same name appears on the ID and the MOODLE screen, if it is a computer test.

In theory, a student could show you their ID and give you someone else’s L#. If a student does not have ID, then s/he can have an Instructor vouch for them.
If a student is unsure which Instructor or classthey need to take a test for then you can have her/him print their ExpressLane schedule. If it’s a written Make-up test that they need, their name may be on the test–make sure the name on the ID matches.

#3 Periodically, walk through the lab, pushing in chairs and collecting paper clips (this is known as the “paper clip round-up”).

Yes, this is our discreet way to check to see if students really put their stuff in the cubbies/shelves, and/or if they have stuff that they are not supposed to at their station.

If students have their CELL PHONES on their desk, ask if they have checked a purse or backpack that you can put it in for them. Students could take a photo of the test if their phone has a camera.

If a student is using a CALCULATOR or a DICTIONARY, check the login screen to be sure it’s allowed—we should be noting in the screen, if a student is allowed to use one of these items.

WRITTEN tests for which notecards are allowed will be printed on light blue paper. COMPUTER tests for which notecards are allowed will have a light blue background color on the computer screen.

Calculators may be allowed for some of Bill BURROWS’ ECON MAKE-up tests, and for Anthony MICHAELS’ CS 160 exams but for all of MARTINEZ’s ECON tests, CALCULATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED. CALCULATORS on phones are never allowed. We have some basic calculators that we can loan students if they need one.

Also, students whose primary language is not English (ESL students) are allowed to use translation dictionaries. They are supposed to use the paper copies of translation dictionaries that we have in the lab.

However, if we do not have a dictionary in their native language, then an electronic dictionary is OK to use, as long as their Instructor has approved it. Always ask them if the Instructor approved it and let the Instructor know, by Emailing her or him.

Some Instructors do not ever want students using electronic dictionaries. For example, on Jane Benjamin’s Geography tests, students should not use these, because they could easily look up information on the test.

If they are using any testing aids that are not allowed, then we need to inform their Instructor. Attach a post-it note to a written test. Send an Email to Instructors with computer tests. If possible, note which question the student was on when you discovered the student using unauthorized testing aids.

#2 Ask students if they have tested here before and have read our rules sheet. If not, then have them read it while you enter their information into the checkin screen.

This should help prevent students from wanting to use the rest room and or/make a phone call in the middle of their test. Students should not be allowed to leave the testing room, except in an emergency (i.e. Fire Drill) if they have received a test.

If a student uses a cell phone during the test or they leave the room for any reason, then we need to inform their Instructor.

#1 Make sure that students put all their possessions, including CELL PHONES, HEAD PHONES and HATS, etc. on the shelves provided.
WHEN YOU ARE CHECKING STUDENTS in, PLEASE ask students if they have a cell phone and have the student turn the phone off and stow it in a purse or backpack. If they have no purse or backpack, then put the cell phone in the designated box and attach a post-it with their cubicle number on it.

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