Tests and Exams

Online Testing

  • Most tests in our online courses require passwords.
  • To find a test password, please log into your exam administrator account in our student information system.
  • Test passwords are located in the Test Passwords tab of your account.
  • Test passwords are not to be given directly to students.

Exam Administration Guidelines

  • Testing must be proctored at all times!
  • No outside resources may be used on tests unless specified.
  • The use of an online translator or any type of electronic translator is not permitted in our World Language courses. Use of one will be treated as plagiarism.
  • Our primary Learning Management System, Buzz, will log the student out after one hour of inactivity, so tests should be completed in one sitting.

Preserving Exam Integrity

Exam Administrators should be aware of methods where online test passwords could be recorded. This could result in students having the ability to take an online exam not proctored by an Exam Administrator (EA). This conduct by students falls under the auspices of NDCDE’s Academic Honesty Policy.

The method exploited to access an online test password is done by means of the browser’s ‘Remember Password’ feature. Common browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox and Edge have this feature ON by Default allowing a user to save and manage their passwords. The saved password could be retrieved at a later time by another user on shared computers (library, lab etc).

NDCDE has taken steps to increase exam integrity, which includes test passwords being regenerated on a routine basis. To further strengthen the online testing protocol, schools have the opportunity to take steps to prevent such abuse. Below are suggested actions your school can take to maintain the integrity of NDCDE online exams.

  • Exam Administrators should ensure that students are not logged into other systems while taking exams.  Students should have only one browser open with one tab containing the student’s course.
     
  • NDCDE asks that Exam Administrators (EA) follow EA policies and procedures regarding the proctoring of exams.  This includes the EA manually entering the test password, as passwords are never to be given to students.  EA’s should select NO if they are ever prompted by the browser to save the exam password they enter.
     
  • On shared computers (library, lab etc) used for testing, it is highly encouraged to have the ‘Remember Password’ feature turned OFF for all web browsers installed.  You may want to share this page with your IT staff as they may already have strategies in place to centrally manage the settings of all web browsers at your school.
     
  • Google Chrome is NDCDE’s recommended browser for students to use while taken online exams.  Your school may want to look into ensuring that Google Chrome is a browsing option for students taking online courses.

The following resources may help familiarize yourself with the password management features of the 3 most common browsers:

Note: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari are not supported browsers and are not recommended for online testing in NDCDE Courses.

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