The Reading / Listening - Exam Security - Level 1

Algeria has turned off its Internet to stop students cheating in exams. Many students secretly go online during tests. The Internet stops for an hour after the start of each exam. The government will shut the Internet down during the exam season, which ends June 25. Also, devices with Internet access are banned from 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot have their phones. There were many problems in 2016. Test questions were leaked online.



Algeria's Education Minister said Facebook would be blocked for the days of the exams. She said she needed to do something to stop cheating. For extra security, metal detectors are now in all exam halls. Security cameras and mobile-phone blockers are now at the companies where exams are printed. Many students like the government's actions. One said it was unfair that students who didn't study could cheat by using their mobile phone in tests.

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Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44557028
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/algeria-shuts-internet-prevent-cheating-school-exams
  • http://time.com/5318096/algeria-internet-cheating-exams/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. stop students
  2. secretly go
  3. after the start
  4. during the exam
  5. devices with Internet
  6. teachers cannot have
  7. There were
  8. Test questions were
  1. many problems
  2. season
  3. leaked online
  4. online
  5. their phones
  6. of each exam
  7. cheating in exams
  8. access are banned

Paragraph 2

  1. be blocked
  2. she needed to
  3. metal
  4. the companies where exams
  5. Many students like the
  6. One said it was
  7. students who
  8. using their mobile phone
  1. do something
  2. didn't study
  3. government's actions
  4. in tests
  5. detectors
  6. are printed
  7. for the days
  8. unfair

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Algeria (1) ___________________ its Internet to stop students cheating in exams. Many students secretly (2) ___________________ tests. The Internet stops for an hour after the (3) ___________________ exam. The government will shut the Internet down during (4) ___________________, which ends June 25. Also, devices with Internet access (5) ___________________ 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot have their phones. There were many problems in 2016. Test questions (6) ___________________.

Algeria's Education Minister said Facebook (7) ___________________ for the days of the exams. She said she needed (8) ___________________ to stop cheating. For extra security, metal detectors are (9) ___________________ exam halls. Security cameras and mobile-phone blockers are now at the companies (10) ___________________ printed. Many students like the government's actions. One said (11) ___________________ that students who didn't study could (12) ___________________ their mobile phone in tests.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AlgeriahasturnedoffitsInternettostopstudentscheatinginexams.Ma
nystudentssecretlygoonlineduringtests.TheInternetstopsforanhour
afterthestartofeachexam.ThegovernmentwillshuttheInternetdown
duringtheexamseason,whichendsJune25.Also,deviceswithInternet
accessarebannedfrom2,000examcenters.Eventeacherscannothave
theirphones.Thereweremanyproblemsin2016.Testquestionswerele
akedonline.Algeria'sEducationMinistersaidFacebookwouldbeblocke
dforthedaysoftheexams.Shesaidsheneededtodosomethingtostopch
eating.Forextrasecurity,metaldetectorsarenowinallexamhalls.Secu
ritycamerasandmobilephoneblockersarenowatthecompanieswhere
examsareprinted.Manystudentslikethegovernment'sactions.Onesai
ditwasunfairthatstudentswhodidn'tstudycouldcheatbyusingtheirmo
bilephoneintests.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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