Quick Guide: Discouraging Cheating on Assessments

This guide includes short- and long-term strategies you can employ to discourage students from cheating on assessments.

Short-Term Strategies

Inquire about a proctoring service provided by your institution.

  • This might be a nice option to add to high-stakes assessments.

Alter settings within the assessments:

  • Eliminate backtracking. Do not allow students to go back and change their answers once they have already been submitted.
  • Show only one question at a time.
  • Randomize/shuffle questions and answers.
  • Allow students to take the assessment only once.
  • Delay score availability.
  • Only allow students to see the correct answers for a short amount of time.
  • Once the assessment is closed to the students, allow the answers to be visible. Do not allow students to view their responses.
  • Allow students to take an assessment within a 24-hour window only. This could eliminate some collaboration among students.

Add a time limit.

  • Note: Be prepared to offer extensions to time limits in order to comply with accessibility best practices.

Adjust point values.

  • Provide more points for higher-stakes assessments and fewer, or no, points for lower-stakes assessments.

Long-Term Strategies

Write question banks that include a variety of question types.

Offer different versions of the same assessment.

Write questions that require higher order thinking.

For additional guidance, consult your project editor.