The questions asked were: “Do you think the Test Covers are a good idea? Do they help reduce cheating in the classroom?”

Student Responses:

"I believe the Test Covers are a brilliant idea. The color really made me stay focused on the small area of white paper left showing.  I felt comfortable having it cover my answers without having to worry.  I also liked having the small box to line up the answers and the questions."

"I really think the covers are an amazing way to protect answers. I have never seen them before previous to this class and I would personally like to see them used in all classrooms."

"The test covers are an excellent idea. It prevents inadvertent cheating and makes me feel more comfortable to look up from my test to take a break for my eyes. It also makes me feel like things are fairer. Some people are really good at cheating and can be sneaky. The covers make it  harder."

"I think they are a good idea; they helped from wandering onto someone’s test unintentionally."

"Yes, then if someone is cheating off me then I don’t get in trouble because I had my test covered."

"It was nice knowing no one could see my answers, but me.  They were also helpful in keeping me on the right problem because it sectioned off a small portion at a time.  Good idea."

"Yes, because then your scantron  is not out for wandering eyes to see and I feel safer knowing that I wasn’t cheating either. Very good idea, keep using them!"

"Yes, the test covers were a great idea. I had never used them previously but found them extremely beneficial. I didn’t have to worry about covering up my answers, like I usually do, and they also helped me to keep my place and not skip over rows when bubbling in my answers during the test."

"First time I’ve used them, but I think they are a good idea.  Wish I had them in other classes."

"Using the test covers eliminates any paranoia of people cheating off me, so I do like it because there is less stress that way."

"Yeah I like the Test Covers because sometimes even when I know answers your eyes wander to other tests and it makes you second guess yourself."

"I like them a lot. I don’t like people copying my work and with those it reduces the temptation."

"Yes I like the Test Covers.  It would be nice if my high school used them."

"Yes, and not only does it reduce copying but it helps the students keep track of what number and questions they are on."

"Yes, definitely not once did I feel like someone was looking at my test answers."

"Yes, not just to prevent copying but to reduce chance of skipping bubbles."

"The test covers helped a lot. I was able to focus more on my questions than on my place on the test."

"Yes, I think they are a good idea, no worries upon you as you take a test. I would like to see them in all my classes preferably."

"Yes they are a surefire way of not cheating."

"Yes, it is easy for student’s eyes to drift.  Whether it be voluntary or not."

"Yes, immensely."

"Yes absolutely no wandering eyes."

"Yes, because no one will be able to cheat or be accused of helping people cheat if someone looked at their paper."

"Yes, protect us from ourselves."

"Yes and thank you!"




The folders help to keep answers covered during laboratory exams.


 Student Survey Results and Testimonials:
Surveys conducted over a 4-year period (fall 2011-spring 2015) at Joliet Junior College, indicate that 80%-85% of over 700 community college science students think the Test Covers are a good idea and help reduce cheating on optically graded (bubble tests) and short answer tests.  These surveys were voluntary, anonymous, and completed after the final examination.

Positive comments from students regarding the Test Covers include: the ability to protect their answers from wandering eyes; reduction in their temptation to copy answers from other students; reduction in concern of being accused of cheating; and increased accuracy and ease of filling out the test forms on optically graded (bubble) tests and short answer tests.


​​"The second most observed cheating activity reported by students (33.3%) was looking at someone else's answers without his or hers knowledge."

Nelson, L. P., Nelson, R. K., Tichenor, L. (2013) Understanding Today's Students: Entry -Level  Science Student Involvement in Academic Dishonesty. Journal of College Science Teaching, 42(3), 52-57.


​​Test Covers  were designed by  a biology professor  to solve a problem.  How do we prevent students from copying other students' answers on short answer and bubble tests without using multiple versions of the test?  Some college classrooms require a minimum of four different versions of a test. The Test Cover folder effectively reduces the ability of students to see other students' test answers without obscuring the visibility of the desktop. Test Covers are currently been used in college math, science, and nursing  classes.

Test  Covers also help students fill out answer forms more accurately. Test Covers have been purchased by Special Education Departments at high schools and colleges that use "bubble" test forms.