The Reading / Listening - Exam Security - Level 2

Algeria has turned off its Internet to stop students cheating in school exams. The government wants to stop students secretly going online during nationwide tests. The Internet stops for an hour after the start of each exam. The government will shut the Internet down during the exam season, from June 20 to June 25. In addition, all devices with Internet access have been banned from 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot have their phones. There were many problems in 2016. Test questions were leaked online before and during exams.



Algeria's Education Minister told a newspaper that Facebook would also be blocked for the six days of the exams. She does not like doing this but needs to do something to stop students cheating. For more security, metal detectors will be put in all exam halls. Also, security cameras and mobile-phone blockers are now at the companies where the exams are printed. Many students think the government is doing the right thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it was unfair that students who didn't study could get help in exams by using their mobile phone to cheat.

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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. The government wants
  2. going online during nationwide
  3. after the start
  4. during the exam
  5. devices with Internet
  6. Even teachers cannot
  7. Test questions were
  8. before and
  1. of each exam
  2. leaked online
  3. tests
  4. during exams
  5. season
  6. to stop students
  7. have their phones
  8. access

Paragraph 2

  1. be blocked for the
  2. She does not
  3. needs to
  4. metal
  5. security
  6. doing the right
  7. students who
  8. get help
  1. do something
  2. thing
  3. cameras
  4. didn't study
  5. six days
  6. in exams
  7. like doing this
  8. detectors

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Algeria has turned off its Internet (1) ___________________ cheating in school exams. The government wants to stop students secretly (2) ___________________ nationwide tests. The Internet stops for an hour after the (3) ___________________ exam. The government will shut the Internet down during the exam season, from June 20 to June 25. In addition, (4) ___________________ Internet access have (5) ___________________ 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot have their phones. There were many problems in 2016. Test questions (6) ___________________ before and during exams.

Algeria's Education Minister told a newspaper that Facebook would (7) ___________________ for the six days of the exams. She does not like doing this (8) ___________________ do something to stop students cheating. (9) ___________________, metal detectors will be put in all exam halls. Also, security cameras and mobile-phone blockers (10) ___________________ the companies where the exams are printed. Many students think the government is doing (11) ___________________. Rania Salim, 16, said it was unfair that students who didn't study could get (12) ___________________ by using their mobile phone to cheat.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AlgeriahasturnedoffitsInternettostopstudentscheatinginschoolexa
ms.Thegovernmentwantstostopstudentssecretlygoingonlineduring
nationwidetests.TheInternetstopsforanhourafterthestartofeachexa
m.ThegovernmentwillshuttheInternetdownduringtheexamseason,f
romJune20toJune25.Inaddition,alldeviceswithInternetaccesshaveb
eenbannedfrom2,000examcenters.Eventeacherscannothavetheirp
hones.Thereweremanyproblemsin2016.Testquestionswereleakedo
nlinebeforeandduringexams.Algeria'sEducationMinistertoldanewsp
aperthatFacebookwouldalsobeblockedforthesixdaysoftheexams.Sh
edoesnotlikedoingthisbutneedstodosomethingtostopstudentscheat
ing.Formoresecurity,metaldetectorswillbeputinallexamhalls.Also,s
ecuritycamerasandmobile-phoneblockersarenowatthecompanie
swheretheexamsareprinted.Manystudentsthinkthegovernmentisdo
ingtherightthing.RaniaSalim,16,saiditwasunfairthatstudentswhodi
dn'tstudycouldgethelpinexamsbyusingtheirmobilephonetocheat.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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