Reviewing Results with Exam Takers

February 26, 2016 Josh Neidish

After taking an exam, exam takers are anxious to see their scores. To ensure security, there are a number of different options you can choose from to allow exam takers to review their exams in a secure environment. Below find examples provided from other institutions of how they manage the Review process after taking an exam using SofTest.

Setting an Appointment to Review Reports

Courtesy of University of Maryland College of Pharmacy

  • The exam taker schedules a meeting with the professor or TA to review their exam.
  • The instructor exports the Exam Taker Results to PDF. This is accessed by opening the Assessment, hovering over Reporting/Scoring and selecting Exam Taker Results. From here, click Run Report. This will generate a list of the Exam Takers. Select the Exam Takers that you wish to export and click Export to PDF at the bottom. This will pop up a modal window where you can select what to include in the exported report. Typically, the following is used:

o Answer Key

o Question Text

o Answer Choice Text

o Wrong Answers Only

  • The exam taker meets with the professor at the scheduled time. They are able to review the printed sheet to see what questions they got wrong. Once finished reviewing with the professor, the exam taker returns the report to the professor for shredding.

The University of Maryland College of Pharmacy has found this method to work well for them. In many cases, some students do not wish to review their results. This allows only those interested students to review and eliminates the need to take class time to review the exam.

Scheduling a Review for the Entire Class

Courtesy of University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy

  • The professor schedules a time a few days after class for an optional review.
  • The professor prints out a copy of the Exam Taker Results showing just the question number and the answer selected by the exam taker. This is the same report used in the above example but configured with different options.
  • Exam Takers that show up in class for the review receive their copy of the report. 
  • The professor creates a PowerPoint with a slide for each question and includes the question, answer choice text, and correct answer. It is set to automatically switch slides every 10 seconds. A 60 question exam takes about 10 minutes to review in this manner. 
  • The exam takers can then review the answer they selected against the questions and correct answers in the PowerPoint. When leaving the room, there is no concern about the students taking the printed report with them as it does not have any question information or answer choice text on the report. This information was only included on the PowerPoint. 

This solution was used by UMCOP prior to the creation of Delayed Secure Exam Review. In the future, they will be using Delayed Secure Exam Review to allow exams to be reviewed. 

Using Delayed Secure Exam Review for a Scheduled Review

Courtesy of University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy

  • The professor schedules a time a few days after the assessment for an optional review. When posting the assessment, he indicates this time as a start time for the review. He provides a review password when posting the assessment and indicates a time limit and deletion date

  • At the time of the review, he provides the passwords to the exam takers who arrive to class.
  • DSER locks down the exam taker’s computer when starting the review. The Exam Takers can now look at the exam to see the question, answer choices, their selected answer, and the correct answer. Depending on the settings, they may also be able to see the rationale.
  • At the close of the time limit, they will be exited from the review.
  • Any students that did not attend the review will have the review removed from their computer on the indicated deletion date and time. 
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