Software lets students take exams at leisure

09:23, June 10, 2010      

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British students might soon have the chance to take college exams in their own bedrooms at any time of the day or night - without being able to cheat.

US firm Software Secure has developed a program that is designed to make sure students stay honest while taking exams by keeping them under surveillance and cutting off any access to cribbing material.

The software first locks down the use of all files and the Internet, other than those specifically needed for the exam.

It then asks for a fingerprint test to ensure that the candidate is the correct person, and it uses audio and video recording to ensure that the student follows the exam conditions.

At least one college in Britain is experimenting with the system, and others may follow suit. Several universities in the US already have the system in place.

The National Union of Students gave the idea a cautious welcome.

"It would be one solution to problems faced by those who might have difficulty reaching a university campus for exams," a spokesman said.

"However, it must not be used as an excuse to further cut costs or corners by reducing the amount of contact time students have with staff."

Source: Global Times

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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