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Illinois Compass 2g, Force completion

This post explains the force completion tool within Illinois Compass 2g and offers suggestions for alternatives.


Force Completion, found under Test Options > Test Availability, is typically used to prevent students from navigating away from a Test in order to minimize cheating. When a student navigates away from a Test, and the Force Completion option is turned on, the Test is automatically submitted for them by the system; however, should the student encounter any technical difficulties, such as losing internet connection, they will not be able to complete the test. Because of this behavior, you may want to limit the use of the Force Completion option to supervised exams, where, if issues occur, an instructor can be available to reset the test.

As an alternative, we recommend using the Set Timer option to limit how long students have to complete the test. If a student encounters a technical issue, or closes their browser, the timer will continue to run on the server even though they have left the test. When the Auto-Submit feature is also used, the test will automatically be submitted when the timer expires. This approach will minimize cheating while also allowing those who encounter technical difficulties to log back in and continue the test within the time limit established by the instructor.


Keywords:force completion, exams, test, cheating, timer, student,   Doc ID:77603
Owner:Compass C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-10-25 11:33 CDTUpdated:2022-06-20 15:19 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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