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Enhance Security for Online Exams

Undoubtedly the biggest concern in Online Exams is ensuring Exam Security.

People can’t be expected to be honest unless you take the necessary Security Measures. Because when people realize that the necessary precautions are not taken, they quickly take the conviction that others will take advantage of this security vulnerability to pass in front of them. Therefore, the person who executes the exam should take the necessary measures and be the enforcer of a fair process by preventing people’s rights from being violated.

Of course it is difficult to ensure the security of the exam, but still, the security level can be maximized by the measures to be taken.

Methods to increase security in Online Exams can be listed as follows:

Shuffling the Order: The order of sections, pages, questions and choices in the exam is shuffled.

Restricting Navigation: In accordance with the design of the exam, the permission to go back and forth in the required sections may be restricted.

Time Limits: A separate time limit can be determined for the entire exam, each section and each page. The time limit restricts the user’s effort to exploit external resources for exam by increasing pressure.

Asking Randomized Questions: Ask different questions to each user by allowing the system to select random questions from the Question Pool.

Enforcing Full-screen Mode By ensuring that the exam screen remains as full screen throughout the exam, access to applications other than the exam can be blocked.

Webcam Surveillance: During the exam, the user’s photos can be taken via the webcam or video can be recorded.

Exam Logs: Important actions of the user are logged during the exam.

Reinstating the Exam: If there is a connectivity issue during the exam, or if the participant had to interrupt the exam for some other reason, and the Exam Records also confirm the situation, the exam administrator can reset it and allow the user to regain access and resume the exam where it left.

Which security measures you need to take varies according to when and where participants will take the exam:

If the participants will take the exam in front of you and at the same time:

This would be the most reliable method. Since the questions are published for the first time, a single exam consisting of the same questions can be applied to all participants.

Recommended methods:

Shuffling the Order
Enforcing Full-screen Mode

If participants will take the exam before your eyes but at different times:

If participants will take the exam before your eyes but at different times
Exam questions must be unpredictable because a user who has taken the exam can give information about it to an user who has not yet taken the exam.

Shuffling the Order
Enforcing Full-screen Mode
Asking Randomized Questions

If participants are out of your supervision, but will take the exam at the same time:

Shuffling the Order
Enforcing Full-screen Mode
Time Limits
Restricting Navigation
Webcam Surveillance
Exam Logs

If participants are out of your supervision, and will take the exam at any time:

Security must be at the highest level.

Shuffling the Order
Enforcing Full-screen Mode
Time Limits
Restricting Navigation
Asking Randomized Questions
Webcam Surveillance
Exam Logs
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