No matter how much time instructors spend creating test questions and answers, students can quickly find and share them online.

To help overcome the issue, some instructors use written response formats or create vast test banks to keep things fresh for students. But what happens if all of those questions are leaked on the Internet too? 

If the right technology isn’t in place, instructors are left reacting and guessing instead of identifying the issue and taking action.

How do students find and share your test content?

Students can use homework help sites

Homework help sites make it simple to find and share test content. 

While homework help sites were originally created to provide students with access to more educational resources, they’re easy to exploit for an unfair advantage.

It only takes a few minutes to find answers to test questions

Within minutes, students can create an account and then find and share test questions and answers. 

Even more concerning, instructors may even find that their test questions are copied and pasted on these sites in chronological order.

Most homework help sites have SMEs ready to help students

Homework help sites can have a swarm of subject matter experts (SMEs) that are readily available to help students get answers to questions, including your faculty’s test questions. 

Even though most of these sites have integrity policies, the SMEs are there to help the student, not to enforce academic integrity on the instructor’s behalf.

How to find leaked test questions on the Internet

To find leaked test questions, instructors basically have two options: 

  1. Manually search for all of their test questions on the Internet 
  2. Use technology that searches the Internet for them

Obviously, manually searching for leaked test questions can be an overwhelming and time-consuming endeavor. Technology is available to automate this process. Let’s explore.

How does this technology work?

Honorlock’s Search & Destroy™ technology searches the Internet for all questions used on the exam in a matter of minutes. If it finds leaked exam questions, instructors are given simple steps to take control of the situation.

Here’s how Honorlock’s Search & Destroy™ technology works during a proctored online exam:

1. The technology searches the Internet
Search and Destroy is triggered as soon as instructors enable Honorlock for a proctored online exam. In a few minutes, the technology searches the Internet to identify test questions that have been shared online.

2. Instructors can review the search results

After the search is complete, instructors can review the search results, which show the test questions that are at risk.

3. Instructors can take action 

With one click, Honorlock’s Search & Destroy gives instructors the ability to send takedown requests (per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to the sites displaying their copyrighted test questions. This also gives instructors the ability to use these findings to update exam questions as needed.

Other ways to protect your online exams

Honorlock’s Search & Destroy technology is one layer of our advanced online proctoring solution

Our proctoring software and services combine AI with live proctors to protect online exams while supporting students.

Our online proctoring software monitors each student’s exam session for potential academic dishonesty and alerts a live proctor to join the student’s session if it detects any issues. This approach to online proctoring can provide a less intimidating and non-invasive proctored testing experience for the student because they aren’t constantly being watched.

In addition to our blend of AI and live proctors, Honorlock’s online proctoring services:

  • Detect cell phones and other devices
  • Verify student identity
  • Protect exams on third-party platforms
  • Detect voices
  • Use video to monitor student behavior
  • Provide on-demand exams and support 24/7/365

Our Search & Destroy feature, along with other advanced proctoring features, allows instructors to take control of online exam integrity and provide students with a fair and equitable online test environment.

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