Cheating Protection

Modified on Mon, 20 Nov 2023 at 06:23 PM

TestDome has several cheating protection methods in place:

Copy/paste protection: All question text is protected from copy/paste, to prevent searching for answers online. That being said, our questions are unique and handcrafted by our team, not typical interview questions that are commonly found online. Because of this we encourage candidates to use any resources they can, as they would be able to do so in most jobs.

Email verification: Before taking the test, candidates will recieve an email to confirm that their address is valid and will then recieve a link to the test.

Proctoring includes both webcam photos of the candidate and screen sharing:

  • Webcam proctoring: Candidate's will need to turn on their webcam before they start the test. The webcam will periodically take photos of the candidate (every 30 seconds) and include them in the report.
  • Screen sharing: Snapshots of the candidate's screen are taken periodically during the test (every 30 seconds). This provides a more complete overview of how the candidate answered the question and shows which tools or techniques they may have used.

Duplicate IP detection: The candidate report will include a "Possible Cheating!" warning if they completed the test from the same IP address as another candidate.

The "Possible Cheating!" warning is shown in the following cases:

  • When the candidate has the same IP address as another candidate that has already taken the test.
  • When the candidate tries to bypass the copy protection mechanisms and copies the question description
  • When the candidate disables proctoring during a test
  • When the candidate attempts to open the browser's DevTools during a test

In order to understand why a specific candidate got the warning, you can hover over the "Possible Cheating!" icon to see more information. Please keep in mind that this doesn't necessarily mean that the candidate cheated, as their could be a legitimate explanation. You should doublecheck with the candidate in such cases.

On top of that, we have learned cheating doesn’t happen nearly as often as people think it does. Candidates most likely expect that they will have to talk to someone experienced after passing the test so they avoid embarrassing themselves by having a high score on the test and then not knowing to answer anything else in person.

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