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JExam - A Java-based Exam Engine


Joel A. Caughran, Jacob G. Martin, and Charles H. Atwood
Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2556

10/13/01 to 10/19/01

For years, multiple-choice exams have been administered at night to students enrolled in the Freshman Chemistry program at UGA. In 1996, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences decided this was interfering with night classes so all exams had to be given during the lecture period. We ended up writing 12 versions of an exam to give in the four lecture sections. We decided there had to be a better way. In 1997, we began work on a computer-based exam system that was at least as good as the existing multiple-choice exams.

In this paper we will describe JExam, the current incarnation of the exam-system. We'll describe the current capabilities and question types available as well as how we administer tests for 1500-1800 students each semester. Access will be provided to a demo exam that you can take from your office.