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System of Devices to Prevent Illicit Behavior in Large Exam Settings Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246597D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

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Disclosed is a system that comprises master and associated slave devices to assist proctors in monitoring student activity during a written examination.

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System of Devices to Prevent Illicit Behavior in Large Exam Settings

High student-to-proctor ratios in large examination settings, such as in major universities, often enable students to cheat on the exams. Such high ratios (e.g., 50-1) make it nearly impossible for proctors to fairly administer the exam to all students. For example, if the exam is administered in hard copy and manually distributed, some students receive the exam before others and might prematurely begin working through the exam; other students might continue working after the proctor calls an end to the exam time.

Current methods address cheating either by controlling the paper/device on which the exam is distributed, preventing peers from easily viewing others' exams, or detecting the use of mobile electronic devices. None of those solutions addresses the writing utensil used during the exam, nor do current methods provide a solution to prevent premature marking of the exam or extended marking after the allotted exam time expires.

The novel solution is a system of devices to prevent illicit behavior (i.e., cheating) in large exam settings.

The system comprises one or more slave devices and a master device. The slave device is a writing utensil that resembles an ink pen. However, the flow of marking fluid from the slave device is remotely controlled by the master device. Each student taking the exam is given a slave device with which to mark answers on the exam. Using the master device, the proctor disables the marking capabilities of the slave devices until the exam is fully distributed to each of the students and the allotted exam time begins. Upon termination of the exam period, the proctor uses the master device to disable the marking capabilities of the slave devices. This ensures that all students receive the same amount of time to work on the exam, regardless of how long it takes the proctor to distribute or collect the exams.

On the slave device (i.e., writing utensil), an electronically actuated valve near the tip of the device allows or prevents the flow of a marking fluid (e.g., ink), which is stored

inside the device and then transferred to the external surface upon which the user presses the devic...