You are proctoring an exam. A passing score on the exam could determine whether or not the examinee keeps an existing job, is promoted, or is hired by another company. In all three cases, the position is either directly or indirectly responsible for the health, safety, or life of millions of people. The examinee reports having a medical issue which would, if stated by a doctor and approved by the examination board, qualify the examinee for extra exam time. However, the proctor did not receive an approved extension by the exam board.
During the four hour exam, the proctor announced at least four times (once per hour during the first three hours and again 30 minutes before the conclusion) the exam would end exactly at noon and there would be no extra time to change any answers on the answer sheet. This caution also appears in the material mailed and emailed to all examinees prior to the exam.
At noon, the proctor announced the end of the exam. All examinees except one put their pencils down, closed their exam packets, and stood in an exam-return line. The proctor noticed the examinee mentioned above continued answering questions. The proctor asked the examinee to stop and the examinee put the pencil down and took the exam to the exam-return line. A moment later, the proctor noticed the examinee was once again updating the answer sheet. The proctor took the pencil from the examinee and said if the examinee were to modify the answers in any way the exam would be discarded. The proctor left the examinee with the exam, but returned a moment later when another proctor reported the examinee retrieved the pencil and was once again updating the answer sheet.
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If you were the proctor, what would you do in this theoretical scenario? How would your decision change if you learned the examinee had done the same thing upon the conclusion of a different exam? If you were the examinee, how could you justify your action? Who is affected by the examinee’s action? Is using unapproved extra time the same as writing a hint or formula where you hope the proctor will not see it?
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