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Examiner's responsibilities in an examination with Zoom

Frequently asked questions and answers for teachers/examiners who are conducting a remote exam with Zoom. These questions and answers mainly concern the responsibility that you as an examiner have before, during and after the completed examination.

What is required by the examiner regarding being available during the exam?

(Last reviewed February 23, 2023)

As with a regular exam, you as an examiner must be available to answer any questions. Read more about the examiner's responsibilities on the pages about the examiner's role in the exam with Zoom presence .

What do I do if we experience technical problems during the exam?

(Last reviewed February 23, 2023)

Zoom responsible people, examiners and digital invigilators are advised to contact support directly by phone on 08-790 66 00 in the event of technical problems. Indicate that support during ongoing examination is needed to get the fastest possible assistance.

What can I do to minimize the risk of students cheating?

(Last reviewed February 23, 2023)

Recommendations on how you can minimize the risk of students cheating during examinations with Zoom presence:

  • Design the meeting between student and teacher in the breakout room to suit the course and examination.
  • Divide the exam into smaller parts with breaks between each part. If possible, a few questions per part is desirable.
  • Release one question at a time and use passwords for the applications when possible.
  • Use randomized numbers in calculation-based questions, read more on the page Examination with random values .
  • Vary the exam content so that every student gets a unique exam. Information about how you can randomize questions can be found on the page Randomize assignments during examinations .
  • Do not allow headsets or headphones as per ordinary examination regulations.
  • Use plagiarism checks when possible.

Inform the students that ordinary examination rules apply (except rules regarding late attendance).

During the exam with Zoom, it is possible for a student to, for example, email the solution to any person that he just sent in via his phone. If the Zoom chat is used for this, it will show up in the chat log. A chat log that is saved from the main session will not save messages that are sent in breakout rooms, but a student in a breakout room can't send messages to students in the main session. As communication during the exam is possible for the students, it is extra important to carry out follow-up meetings during the exam time, where the students can explain how they thought when the task was solved.

Examinations with parts and breaks during the examination - what do we do?

(Last reviewed February 23, 2023)

On option when conducting an exam with Zoom is that the exam is divided into smaller parts so that the students can take breaks. In this case, the students solve a subset of the exam that is handed in before the break. After the break, the students will receive the next part of the exam, and so on. It is up to the examiner to decide how the exam should be divided. Different exam structures entail different ways of dividing the questions. For exams with parts we recommend the following:

  • If possible, make sure each part has at least two questions.
  • You need to be clear about whether or not the students need to be present for all parts or if they only need to hand in parts of the exam.
  • Give the students a break of at least 10 minutes between each part.

The writing time should be equivalent for all students, except for those with extended writing time as compensatory support. You as the examiner decide if the writing time is extended due to breaks. In that case, the students should be informed in advance.

Contact and support for examination

Do you have questions about examination? There are contact persons for planning and coordinating examinations at each school, and you can also get help with digital arrangements from E-learning.

Contacts for examination