Assessment Integrity

Written, computer-based, and practical assessments are utilized throughout the PA Studies Program. Failure to adhere to the Assessment Policy may result in the student receiving a zero (0) for the assessment and/or consideration of dismissal from the program.

  • To maintain assessment validity and academic integrity, students may not inquire about the interpretation of assessment items or content during the administration.
  • If problems related to assessment administration are encountered, the proctor should be notified immediately.
  • During the assessment, students may have only the following in the classroom with them:
    • Personal computer
    • Foam earplugs
    • Scratch paper from proctor only
    • Pencil from proctor only
    • Everything else (backpacks, notes, cell phones, containers, and electronic devices) must be removed from the room in which the assessment is occurring.
  • Students are prohibited from wearing hats or caps during assessments.
  • Students are prohibited from having any written material of any kind at their desks when the assessment begins.
  • No one should speak to a classmate or friend once a written assessment begins.
  • When a computer-based assessment is open, no other windows on the computer may be open simultaneously (unless otherwise instructed). The testing screen must be fully maximized.
  • Students are prohibited from leaving the room while a written assessment is being administered.
  • When an assessment is completed, the student must exit the room quietly.
  • Once any student has completed the assessment and left the classroom, no one is permitted to leave the room unless their assessment is submitted.
  • Once a student has completed the assessment and left the testing room, they are not permitted to re-enter until everyone has completed the assessment.

Procedure for Written Assessments (Examinations):

Assessments (e.g., exams) administered in the classroom:
Exams will begin promptly at scheduled times. Students will not be allowed to use additional electronic devices during an exam unless specified by the instructor. If a student is found with a cell phone out during an exam, the student will receive an immediate grade of zero for the exam and potentially be subject to further disciplinary action. If a student arrives after another student has completed the exam, they will not be allowed to take the examination and will receive a zero score (0). To maintain exam validity and academic integrity, students may not inquire about exam items or content during the administration of the examination or assessment. If problems related to exam administration are encountered, the examination proctor should be notified immediately. When an exam is given electronically using Examplify through ExamSoft, no other windows may be open simultaneously, and the testing screen must be fully maximized.

Assessments (e.g., exams) administered remotely:

Students are expected to have a computer that has already been validated by the remote monitoring service for the exam. Currently, the program uses ExamMonitor and ExamID through ExamSoft. Students must take exams alone in a quiet location and follow all parameters established by the instructor for the exam. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for the exam and possible professionalism violation.

Late Arrival for Assessments

  • All assessments will begin on time.
  • Students are expected to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of an assessment.
  • Students arriving after an assessment has begun will be allowed to take the assessment, but no additional time beyond the scheduled conclusion will be allowed.
  • If a student arrives for an assessment after another student has completed it and left the room, he or she will not be allowed to take the assessment and therefore receives a score of zero (0).
  • Tardiness is considered unprofessional.

Missed Assessments

Due to personal emergencies or other exceptional circumstances, a student may miss sitting for an assessment. If this occurs, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the course director within 24 hours of the assessment date as well as submit a completed, signed Excused Absence Request Form (with an explanation and documentation supporting the absence) in that same timeframe. All requests for excused absences must be reviewed by the Director of Didactic Education and, in some instances, by the program director. Approval is not guaranteed. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss the request and consequences with the appropriate director.

  • The course director will consider the request and, only if satisfactory evidence is presented, may allow the student to take the assessment on the next scheduled class date.
  • An absence will automatically be considered unexcused if the course director is not notified within 24 hours.
  • The course director will consider each request on its merits, and all decisions for either approval or denial shall be final.
  • Unexcused absence from an assessment will result in a grade of zero (0) on that exam.
  • If the absence is excused, the student must be prepared to take the assessment on the day they return to class. The actual timing of the assessment will be at the discretion of the course director. The make-up assessment may not be the same as the original assessment. Except in the circumstances relative to the Program Summative Evaluation, written assessments are given only once.

Dissemination of Assessment Results

The course director will review the reliability of assessment questions using test item analysis. Every attempt is made to eliminate variables that interfere with the ability to meaningfully interpret scores or ratings. Results of student assessments will be provided within a reasonable time following the assessment. Grades will be accessible via the online learning management system Blackboard.

Assessment grades will not be given over the telephone or via email.

Assessment policies and procedures specific to the clinical year is found in the Physician Assistant Student Clinical Manual.