Cheating during examinations has been an issue since the beginning of schooling but of late students have started using new ways to cheat in exams. Handling a large number of students in the classroom and maintaining discipline among them has always been a challenge for teachers but more challenging task is, preventing these students from cheating during the exams.
Here are few tips for you to prevent your students from cheating during exams.
1. First figure out your stance on cheating
As a teacher, it is your duty to let your students know why cheating in exams is not acceptable. But before that you should figure out your stance on cheating. Some teachers do not understand the seriousness of cheating and think its just a means to an end. Remember, if you don’t have a strong stand against cheating, you can’t expect your students have one either. If you are strongly against cheating and convey the same to your students, they will think twice before cheating in your presence.
2. Shuffled seating arrangement
During the examination, the seating arrangement should be in such a way that no two students sitting close to each other belong to the same grade. Change the seating arrangement for every exam. When students realize that they cannot get help from any of their friends in the exam hall, it leaves them with no other option but to prepare effectively and get through the exam with their own efforts.
3. Use technology to prevent cheating during board exams
You can also make use of CCTV cameras in the examination hall to keep an eagle-eyed watch on your students. Also make use of new testing technologies like CAT( Computerized Adaptive Testing) which improves the efficacy of assessment. When you use CAT, every student takes a different test. CAT limits cheating from students who help each other during exams and prevents and reduces inappropriate administration during assessment.
4. Limit the usage of electronics
Prevent your students from using electronic gadgets like mobiles, tablets, calculators etc. Because students use these gadgets to access the internet and look up answers or simply store notes on their iPods or graphic calculators.
5. Observe body language
Watch your students’ behavior and body language, this can often help you detect an act or instance of cheating. You can make out if a student is cheating from his facial expressions, voice tone and body language. For example, if students ask you permission to leave the class, observing their body language helps you make sure if students genuinely need to go out of the exam hall or if their actual intention is to cheat in the exam.
6. Know the methods students use for cheating
Observe and know your students and the methods they use for cheating. Cheating can be generally categorized into categories like cheating using other people, where students ask for help from other students in the class this usually involves whispering, wandering eyes, note passing, secret codes etc, cheating using body or environment, where students write answers on their hands, legs or on the desk, bathrooms, chewing gums etc and cheating using technologies, where students use electronic gadgets like calculators or programmed digital watches. As a teacher you should be aware of these methods and accordingly do your best to limit them.
7. Set strict rules
Set strict rules in the examination hall. Prevent students from talking to other students. Do not allow them to leave the exam hall before they complete their exam. Students may try to make really smart excuses but do not allow students to leave the examination hall unless it is an emergency. Do not allow students to bring labeled water bottles or any such items because students use these labels to write answers on and cheat during exams. Require students to remove hats and dark glasses during exams, if they walk in with them, though be sure to know the reason behind their wearing these items. Some students might be wearing them because of illnesses or disorders.
8. Know how to confront suspected cheating without being offensive
Teachers usually face a problem when confronting cheating suspects. Do not argue with the suspect in the exam hall because the whole argument and punishment may disturb other students who are writing the exam. If a student is seen exchanging information, calmly ask them to move to new seats. Take the advice of experienced teachers on how to handle the situation.
Are the above tips useful? What ways did you use to prevent cheating in exams? How did you confront suspected cheating in your class? Please share your ideas and experiences with us in the comments section below!