By Joanna, FlexiQuiz.
5 minute read.
Cheating is a way for students to gain an unfair advantage by breaking the rules during an exam.
These days students can complete important final examinations, annual tests, or mock tests remotely or in the classroom. Almost every exam situation is unique. As such, we provide a range of options that help you create a custom secure online test.
We can't guarantee that we will stop cheating 100% of the time, but using many of these features on your tests massively limits anyone taking an unfair advantage.
This article shares our top eleven ways that you can minimize cheating on your tests.
It's vital to ensure only authorized participants can join your quiz. This prevents others from viewing your exam to research or share questions and answers.
You can set this to your needs by configuring the quiz and choosing a suitable distribution option.
Your options are:
Check who is taking your quiz by asking test takers to upload a picture, signature, or a unique piece of information.
With FlexiQuiz, you can allow students to upload images and documents using the file upload question type.
If you ask test takers to confirm their identity on a separate quiz, you can check that the same person takes the test by matching their IP addresses. The IP information is available on your Analyze dashboard.
To deter students from looking at classmate's screens or chatting about the exam content, we recommend sharing different versions of the same examination. It is harder to copy from someone's screen or discuss questions if they are slightly different.
FlexiQuiz has a couple of options:
If you maximize the number of times students can view your questions, it gives them less opportunity to look at the information, research, and complete the quiz later.
There are a few options:
Free format is an open-ended question that allows test takers to share workings, information, and feedback. A free format question reflects the student's unique thinking and approach, which means every response should be slightly different. If several students are giving the same response, it can alert you to possible cheating.
With FlexiQuiz, you can add free format questions using the free text question type that allows students to type their text directly onto the FlexiQuiz system.
In addition, you can add a file upload question type where students can attach a file with their calculations and thinking.
Add time limits for the whole quiz or a page. The time limit should allow enough time for students to consider their responses but not too much time that students can research the answer.
With FlexiQuiz, you can set a time limit for the whole quiz, page, or both.
There are several ways that you can stop test takers from being able to copy and share your questions easily.
Creating academic integrity or codes of conduct guidelines can ensure your students know the policy and consequences for cheating.
Psychologically students may think twice about cheating if they've just had a reminder of the policy before the quiz starts.
With FlexiQuiz, you can add a policy to the welcome screen that's easy for students to view just before starting their examination. You can share the policy in writing or even by using a short video.
As a web-based software solution, FlexiQuiz provides powerful reporting to help make it easier for you to identify anyone with suspicious behaviors. By reminding students that reporting is available, it might make them consider their actions.
Key reports include:
There are various solutions to lock the student's browser when they are taking a test. This stops test-takers been able to open other windows to research or look up answers.
We recommend using Safe Exam Browser to share your FlexiQuiz tests and examinations. The application needs to be downloaded onto the device used by the test-taker.
Learn more about sharing your FlexiQuiz exams with Safe Exam Browser.
Proctoring allows teachers or supervisors to watch students completing an exam.
There are several tools to help you proctor tests and exams online, such as monitoring the student's screen, watching them on video, or tracking what buttons are typed.
Currently, FlexiQuiz does not offer a built-in exam proctoring service.
However, you can ask students to share their FlexiQuiz screen using online applications such as: