Allow physics students to review their previous questions on tests at NCSU

Allow physics students to review their previous questions on tests at NCSU

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Andrew Gilles started this petition to NCSU Physics Department and

Students taking physics at NCSU are currently facing some of the most overbearing testing policies I have ever seen or heard of. For a glimpse into these class conditions, here is a list of procedures that, in my opinion, make the class unnecessarily more difficult: Doc

Of these difficulties, the chief among them is the prevention of students from reviewing their answers and from skipping questions within a test section. This is done in combination with requiring Respondus Lockdown Browser, taking all tests simultaneously, and randomizing test order. These policies are all put in place to prevent cheating. That is entirely understandable; however, in combination, they seem excessive and prevent students from performing their best. This policy of refusing to allow students to freely navigate questions within an individual test section results in many testing difficulties: 

1. If a student does not know a problem, they are forced to randomly guess an answer rather than being able to skip the question and return to it later, assuming time permits. 

2. It prevents students from reviewing their answers and looking for errors in their reasoning or reading. 

3. The inability to freely navigate test questions (in a given test section) results in an inability to use good test-taking strategies such as skipping a problem if you do not know the answer. 

4. Students being prevented from checking over their work will (and already has) inevitably result in mistakes that otherwise might have been prevented. 

5. Because students do not know the difficultly of the coming questions, often students will rush an answer for one question and then end up finishing the section of the test with ample time and yet no ability to continue working on the original difficult question. 

6. The inability to look at all questions on each testing section creates significantly more anxiety and stress on students who are already taking a challenging course with a seemingly excessive amount of anti-cheating measures. 

Because of these reasons, I am advocating that the physics department at NC State removes this restriction on students, which I believe will result in higher scores on average, greater enjoyment of the class, and a significantly more fair test-taking atmosphere.

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