New testing policy

  1. ok here's the scoop.

    Two of our instructors went to a test making workshop and came home with all kinds of lovely ideas.

    I will mention only one!

    Anyone have to go in on test day and take all your stuff (i.e. bag, books, pens, drinks, etc.) to the front of the room before taking the test?

    This was a very wierd change for us! We kind of feel like 5 yr olds! Although we do understand the concept, no one even explained why we were doing this now.

    We just received a mass email stating that we WOULD do this and there would be no talking in the room before the test began!

    How strange!
    Are we alone in this?

    Thanks
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   susanmary
    Are you in nursing school? Although they are probably trying to eliminate potential cheating, it sounds like prison to me -- inappropropriate.
  4. by   kittyw
    Yea, but the cheating that is common in school is also inappropriate. You get as much respect as you earn (not directing this statement to anyone in particular but in general.)
  5. by   kimmicoobug
    Nope, not the norm here.
  6. by   caroladybelle
    Originally posted by missionnurse
    ok here's the scoop.

    Anyone have to go in on test day and take all your stuff (i.e. bag, books, pens, drinks, etc.) to the front of the room before taking the test?

    We just received a mass email stating that we WOULD do this and there would be no talking in the room before the test began!

    Are we alone in this?

    Thanks
    Actually, this was standard practice for my program.
  7. by   maire
    We're not allowed to enter the test center with more than a couple pencils, our student ID, and a purse. Everything else has to be outside the room or left at home.
  8. by   Katnip
    We have the same type of policy. Everything except pencils, erasers, and water bottles have to go in either the back or the front of the auditorium. It started a few semesters ago when people were caught bringing books and notes and using them during the test. Though the students who did that are still here.

    Also there are a couple of classes now that require ID to get in because some people would go in, take a copy of the test and walk out with it. Turned out the tests were the same from one semester to the next and students just studied the exam.
  9. by   2banurse
    Right now, the only class we have to do this is for our A&P practicals. As I have yet started nursing school, I'm not sure how it works, but I would have no problem with it. A big reason is that by keeping your stuff separate, once you finish the test, you can leave without disturbing your other classmates by making a lot of noise getting your stuff together. We are not in kindergarten, but we do need to be respectful of others taking the test.

    Kris
  10. by   colleen10
    Are these really big classes, held in auditoriums or are they smaller clases with 20-30 people in them?

    I guess if you have a serious problem with cheating it is a good idea but I don't understand how someone could use notes or a book during an exam without someone seeing them. I'd be more worried about students sneaking off with exams or looking at each others papers or even writing answers on their arms, desks, etc.

    At PSU the really big classes with like 300-400 students were the only ones that required you bring your student id in, make sure everything was under your seat and if you were wearing a hat you either had to take it off or turn it around. You also had to leave a seat empty between yourself and the people on either side of you.

    I agree with 2BANurse in that having your stuff set aside makes it quieter and easier for other students still finishing up the test.

    I just took an A&P exam earlier this week and I was really flying through it. I felt so bad for the girl next to me because I got the impression that she wasn't doing so well on it. She was taking a long time to answer the questions and she kept looking at me flyin through the pages and getting this really nervous worried look on her face.

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