When checking students into exams, in addition to having them read the pink rules sheet, it’s important to tell them that they need to turn their cell phones off and that the cell phones need to be in their bag or they can check it with staff.
We had one student yesterday who had his cell phone on his desk yesterday, even though staff had told him to put it away–you have to watch when they turn off their cell phone and make sure they are not putting it in their pocket. 🙂
Also, if they haven’t taken a test in the lab before you should tell them that they cannot leave once they start the exam and that no cell phones or electronics should be on them or at their desk.
If the test is on blue paper or if it is a computer test for which a notecard is allowed, then ask to see the notecard and put the yellow sticker on the card. Have students write the Instructor’s name and their name on the card BEFORE they take the test.
If they are not allowed a notecard, and it’s their first time using the lab, then tell them no notes or texts are allowed.
For Martinez’s ECON exams, tell students no calculators are allowed (and he doesn’t want them to have scratch paper either.)
As a general rule, students should not need scratch paper and if it is a test that they write on anyway, then they can use the back of the exam.