To catch a cheat, employ e-methods
The use of e-assessment is proving successful in reducing cheating. Using techniques such as Loft (linear-on-the-fly) testing, where adjacent students receive different question forms for the same exam, reduces the opportunity for copying answers. There are also electronic methods of comparing answers, either online or post-event, which can detect inconsistencies or plagiarism.
These established methods of assessment are growing, and will hopefully continue do so in a culture that eschews cheating by both students and educators. I trust that Ofqual will actively explore and pursue these tried and tested avenues so that we can work towards a water-tight assessment system, respected by everyone.
Geoff Chapman, Head of communications, Prometric, Manchester.