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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2015 November

Exam Security and Mixed-Seating Testing

Brent Jackson, Massage Therapy Program Manager at Central Carolina Technical College shared this tip that he found useful:

Susan Caulkins, Central Carolina Technical College Nursing Instructor taught me this on Monday. It really did help! To ensure students are not tempted to sit next to someone or develop co-cheating plans, take two matching sets of paint swatches. (Even with different test versions.) Have one swatch at each test. When the students come in give them a swatch from the other set. The student will find the swatch that matches and sit at that seat. This method ensures that the assigned seat is random for both student and instructor.

This is a great idea! If you don’t have paint swatches, you could use other matching items like colored index cards or post cards. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for sharing, Brent!