218 NTU psychology students forced to retake test papers after leaked test papers – Mothership.SG

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Some second-year students at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are required to retake the final test of the module after the paper is posted on the school’s learning portal approximately 20 minutes before they are scheduled to take the final test of the module. there is.

The NTU School of Social Sciences has confirmed the incident and apologized to the students for having to retake the exam.

test paper leaked

A sophomore psychology student took the final test in core module HP2200, biopsychology, on November 7 at 9:30 am, according to the student who wants to be known as K. Tests account for her 40% of course grades.

About 20 minutes before the start of the test, students were notified that their question papers had been uploaded to Blackboard, NTU’s online learning portal.

The screenshot was taken after the 11am paper and shows the test paper was leaked at 9am. Below is a screenshot of the paper as of 9:06 am. Image via K.

Students who saw the notification on their mobile phones were able to see the exam questions before the test started.

One page of the question paper issued before the exam. Image via K.

“I myself didn’t see the notice from the blackboard,” said K. mothership“However, multiple students notified NTU professors and department offices of the leak of the paper.”

You will be notified to retake the exam in 3 days

Three days after this paper, at 5:06 PM on November 10th, the students received an email from their school informing them that on November 14th all students will be required to retake the test.

email seen by mothershipshared that the school and the program had met to discuss the incident.

It added that there was “sufficient evidence to suggest that the integrity of the final test was violated before the actual physical test was conducted.”

From there, an agreement was reached to nullify the primary exam held on November 7 and force all students to retake it.

Late on the night of November 10th, the school sent out another email saying it had received feedback on the retest scheduled for next Monday.

This was followed by an interactive session via Zoom scheduled for November 11th to listen to and address student concerns.

More than 140 students were on the Zoom call during peak real-time hours, according to K.

There was some discussion during the session about changing what was tested or reducing the format of the test, K shared.

In addition, we also conducted a poll to determine the best date to retake the exam.

additional stress

“There was general outrage about the announcement that the paper had to be redone. Many other students said they felt extra stressed in response to this,” said K. I commented on my feelings.

However, Chia Wai Mun, Associate Chair (Academic) of the School of Social Sciences, said: mothership After contacting the affected student, the school understands that the student “agreed that it was fair to retest.”

K wanted “NTU to properly address their mistakes[for leaking papers before exams]and make[students]pay for their mismanagement by redoing the entire paper.”

“But this dialogue was instead used to formally tell students that nothing can be done about their mistakes,” shared K. mothership.

According to K, the first retest date (November 14) is “the busiest week of the semester with multiple assignments scheduled” for students.

K added that the psychology cohort had at least three major submissions before the exam, in addition to studying for the final paper.

As Chia said, it looks like the retest date has yet to be confirmed. mothership That the school is still working with students on the appropriate days.

Thorough review of testing procedures

“I am very disappointed with what happened. I apologize to the students for having to retake the test, but this is necessary to ensure fairness for all,” Chia said. said in a statement. mothership.

Chia added that most students were tested in lecture halls, and a group of Covid-19-positive students took an online version of the test administered by the faculty office. All students took the same form and started at the same time.

The school “later learned” that test papers had leaked onto the platform before the test began.

Chia did not specify when the school discovered the leak or any details about the incident.

The school confirmed that 218 students were affected.

“We will thoroughly review our testing procedures and take necessary steps to avoid similar incidents in the future,” Chia said.

Quotations from K have been edited for clarity. Top image via Google Maps by Andy Chua. 218 NTU psychology students forced to retake test papers after leaked test papers – Mothership.SG

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