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Policy regarding copies of final exams?

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Just curious if this is a department- or even individual professor- level policy.

DS asked for a copy of his final in a class, and was told to stop by office hours for a copy. He was allowed to examine the final but not make a copy or photo. I think reason stated was that prof reuses the exam questions.

Is this normal? FWIW, this professor has been nothing but amazing, grading and returning (reams and reams) of essays, quizzes, exams (except the final, obviously). Which makes this even more surprising. That and the fact that he has an email stating she would give a copy (but perhaps in all these years no one has asked to see a copy of the final so that put her off guard? I can totally see that).

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At my previous college, I wrote the exams, and students could come see them, but I had to keep them on file for two years. That's been the same policy for both of my kids.

 

My current college uses department-wide, reused exams in the online part, so I can't tell them anything but their score. If they question their grade, I'm supposed to have them make an appointment with an online advisor who will log into my course page and share with them what is allowed.

 

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My sister is an Engineering professor and she has told me it takes her hours upon hours to make a proper exam that can be completed in the set time.  However, she does give them back and makes a new one every year because she figures a copy will get out there somehow.

 

 

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At my previous college, I wrote the exams, and students could come see them, but I had to keep them on file for two years. That's been the same policy for both of my kids.

 

My current college uses department-wide, reused exams in the online part, so I can't tell them anything but their score. If they question their grade, I'm supposed to have them make an appointment with an online advisor who will log into my course page and share with them what is allowed.

Wow. So being able to examine the final then was rather liberal! I’m glad i asked, thank you

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Normal, because most profs are too lazy to write new exams each semester. We make different ones, publish the old tests, and students receive tests back and may make an appointment to view and ,if they desire, copy their final exam answer sheet ( test itself gets posted right after exam is over)

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My sister is an Engineering professor and she has told me it takes her hours upon hours to make a proper exam that can be completed in the set time. However, she does give them back and makes a new one every year because she figures a copy will get out there somehow.

It does take forever to write a good exam!

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I post old exams and, when possible, model answers.  But some professors do reuse exams (which I think is a terrible idea) and only make them available on a very limited basis, if at all. 

 

The administration here actually retains students' written exams and they have to go make an appointment to review them.  

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I don't give my final exams out. But I post a long list of "sample questions" (it is intended that students can focus more heavily on the areas where they are weaker) and I would give that out to anyone. 

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We're allowed to stop by during office hours to see our mid-session tests, and in some subjects they're available during the next tutorial as well. We can't take photographs or write out questions and solutions.

 

We never see the finals after handing in our papers.

 

I'm an undergrad majoring in math at a top 10 Australian university.

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