'Coding in Minecraft' is a computer science credential program with supporting curriculum, delivered through Minecraft Education and hosted on Azure. 

The pathway comprises six courses that immerse students in a Minecraft world to develop and prove their coding skills using MakeCode and JavaScript or Python.

Exam Policies and Procedures

Test Security

Prodigy Learning is committed to ensuring the integrity and value of their certifications.

Prodigy Learning is committed to exam security and ensuring that exams remain valid proof of job ready skills therefore take appropriate measures to ensure the integrity of their exams.

Periodic forensic analysis of data is undertaken to identify any irregularities in testing to assist in detecting cheating or abnormalities. During this analysis reports are generated for the internal team to determine if there are any irregularities and decide on any action to be taken. These irregularities can include pass rates, retake frequency or other indicators.

The first line of defense to testing irregularities lies with the school delivering the certification exams therefore Prodigy Learning requires school test centers to provide industry standard monitoring during testing and that administrators and proctors are sufficiently trained to provide an appropriate testing experience (further details below).

Exam delivery and administration

Prodigy Learning is committed to exam security and integrity. To ensure all tests are performed under similar conditions the following procedures will be used during the test delivery.

  1. No electronic devices (such as mobile phones, tablets, smart watches or audio/video recording devices) are allowed on a student’s person during the test.
  2. Test candidates must not attempt to communicate with each other whilst the exam is in progress.
  3. Test centers are required to validate the identity of all test takers prior to launching an exam.
  4. Reproduction, publishing or transmitting any part of the exam in any form (verbal, written or electronic) is prohibited.

If a test proctor or administrator suspects any candidate of suspicious activity or violation of policies during an exam the exam should be stopped immediately. The test candidate should be informed of the circumstances and Prodigy Learning notified via email at support@codingcredentials.com. The notification should include details of the incident including the date, time and location of the incident, the name of the candidate and the details of the exam being taken. Prodigy Learning will investigate the report and after a thorough investigation Prodigy Learning will report to the relevant parties its findings of the report and take appropriate action. This action may include the revocation of any award achieved from the candidate.

Technical requirements

The minimum recommended system requirements are:

  • Operating system: Windows 7 or later, MacOS X 10 or later, Linux OS
  • Minimum processor: to match or exceed the minimum specifications for operating system
  • Minimum RAM: to match or exceed the minimum specifications for operating system
  • Display: minimum resolution of 1280px by 720px
  • Internet access: bandwidth will depend on the number of exams being delivered concurrently but a recommended bandwidth of 1Mbps per concurrent exam is advisable.
  • Browser: latest version of the Edge, Chrome or Safari browser
  • Anything which may distract or disrupt during the test process should be disabled e.g. automatic updates, alert, notification etc

Testing environment

All testing should be performed in an area where candidates will not be disrupted during testing. It is preferable that testing is performed in a dedicated testing room but if this is not available testing may be performed in a classroom.

During testing the use of any electronic device is not permitted. It is advised that test candidates electronic devices be turned off and securely stored in the testing room separate from the test candidate.

The use of other electronic devices in the room such as projectors, interactive whiteboards or displays, printers, telephones, etc. is not allowed during the test session.

Tests must be proctored therefore the proctor must be able to have an unobstructed view of each test candidate during testing. This can be achieved in several ways:

  • In-room proctoring – The proctor is in the same room as the test candidate and is the preferred method.
  • Observation window – The proctor can monitor the test candidate through an observation window with a full view of the testing environment.
  • Camera/video feed – The proctor may remotely monitor (from within the same building) the test candidate with a full view of the testing environment.

Proctors

Anyone can apply to be a proctor by accepting a proctor agreement.

To ensure impartiality, Prodigy Learning recommends that teachers do not proctor a certification exam to students to whom they provide direct instruction. Where prohibited by rule or statute, a teacher is not allowed to proctor a certification exam to students to whom they provide direct instruction.

Testing policies

All test candidates, proctors, and administrators must adhere to the below polices when taking or administering any Prodigy Learning exam:

  • All candidates must have their identification verified upon arrival by presenting an identification bearing their photograph and signature.
  • It is the administrator/proctor responsibility to verify the candidate’s identity and to verify the candidates matches the logged in candidate before starting the exam.
  • No items may be brought into the testing area such as electronic devices (phones, smart watches, laptops, earphones, etc.), writing materials (pen, paper, pencil, etc.), bags or books. These items should be powered off and secured in an area of the room away from the testing area.
  • Test candidates are forbidden from communicating whilst in the testing room.
  • Test candidates must read and accept the terms of the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) at the start of each exam.
  • Any test candidate who is suspect of or found to have violated testing policies or procedures my forfeit any existing certifications and be made ineligible to sit future exams.
  • Test candidates must not remove exam content from the testing area or reproduce exam content outside of the testing area.

Testing can be made available to any student in the school and not those just taking the certification class.

Test centers are encouraged to provide testing sessions for external candidates.

Technical issues during testing

Should a technical issue occur during testing restart the test candidate’s web browser or computer and log into the test again. The test should resume at where the test candidate left off with the same remaining time and previous answers saved.

Emergencies during testing

Should an emergency occur during testing (fire alarm, etc.), if time permits, ask all test candidates to close their web browser. Upon returning to the testing rooms test candidates can log on and the test should resume at where the test candidate left off with the same remaining time and previous answers saved.

Exam accomodations

We are committed to ensuring that our exams are accessible to all. Should a test candidate require an accommodation for an exam please contact support@codingcredentials.com. Accommodations may include extra time or a separate testing room for the candidate.

Accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the desired testing time. Supporting documentation may be requested which can include a medical, educational or psychological report or letter from a qualified professional detailing the condition related to the accommodation request (e.g. a doctor, evaluator or qualified school official). Any documentation provided must be on the professional’s or school’s official letterhead, include a clear diagnosis and be signed and dated by the official. Any documentation containing sensitive or personal information must be shared securely.

Exam scoring

Prodigy Learning tests are designed to measure skills on an individual basis rather than in relation to a group.

Exams are individually generated for each candidate from a series of question pools. A question pool exists for each objective domain area. All questions are weighted equally within a domain area. This ensures that each exam not only measures an equivalent level of knowledge and ability for each candidate but also provides a level of test security and integrity.

Exams are automatically graded online, and the result displayed to the candidate upon completion of the test along with a score report. Results can be reported by the school administrator. The exam is either passed or failed.

Retake policy

Should a test candidate not achieve a passing score in an exam they must wait 24 hours before attempting the exam again.

If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on the second attempt, they must wait 14 days before retaking the exam.

Candidates can attempt the exam up to 5 times in a 12-month period.

For each subsequent attempt a 14-day waiting period is in place.

Once a candidate has passed an exam, they cannot retake it.