AI use in Assessments and Exams
“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is when computers can do things that normally require human-like intelligence, like talking or seeing. It’s like a super-smart helper that we program to do specific tasks. AI can be used to make things faster, more accurate, and more fun.”
The paragraph in italics/bold above was written by Chat-GPT in answer to the question “Explain Artificial Intelligence to a 10 year-old”. It can also write essays, poetry, give summaries of books, the possibilities are endless. Give it a go: https://chat.openai.com/
The Joint Council for Qualifications have given guidance for AI use in assessments and exams. Basically, this is seen as cheating if it is not declared and referenced – so don’t do it!
Below is the summary of the guidance, if you would like to see the whole document a link is provided at the bottom of the page.
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AI use in Assessments and Exams
While the potential for student artificial intelligence (AI) misuse is new, most of the ways to prevent its misuse and mitigate the associated risks are not; centres will already have established measures in place to ensure that students are aware of the importance of submitting their own independent work for assessment and for identifying potential malpractice. This guidance reminds teachers and assessors of best practice in this area, applying it in the context of AI use.
The guidance emphasises the following requirements:
- As has always been the case, and in accordance with section 5.3(j) of the JCQ General Regulations for Approved Centres (https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/general-regulations/), all work submitted for qualification assessments must be the students’ own;
- Students who misuse AI such that the work they submit for assessment is not their own will have committed malpractice, in accordance with JCQ regulations, and may attract severe sanctions;
- Students and centre staff must be aware of the risks of using AI and must be clear on what constitutes malpractice;
- Students must make sure that work submitted for assessment is demonstrably their own. If any sections of their work are reproduced directly from AI generated responses, those elements must be identified by the student and they must understand that this will not allow them to demonstrate that they have independently met the marking criteria and therefore will not be rewarded (please see the Acknowledging AI Use section);
- Teachers and assessors must only accept work for assessment which they consider to be the students’ own (in accordance with section 5.3(j) of the JCQ General Regulations for Approved Centres); and
- Where teachers have doubts about the authenticity of student work submitted for assessment (for example, they suspect that parts of it have been generated by AI but this has not been acknowledged), they must investigate and take appropriate action.
The JCQ awarding organisations’ staff, examiners and moderators have established procedures for identifying, reporting and investigating student malpractice, including the misuse of AI.
The JCQ awarding organisations are continuing to monitor developments in this area and will update this guidance when appropriate.
Download the full report as a pdf from JCQ here: