We are seeking to improve the online exam administration process, and gathering feedback from examinees is the best source for that. [The bar] hopes to receive valid responses about cheating. Survey data will be treated confidentially; we never claimed that it was anonymous. We plan to analyze and use the data in aggregate form; never reporting back in a manner that would identify a specific individual.
— Teresa Ruano, spokeswoman for the California State Bar, commenting on a survey that was sent to those who took the online administration of the bar exam two weeks ago. The survey asks applicants about their “remote bar exam experience” from software difficulties to the availability of tech support. The survey also asks them if they cheated on the test or know of anyone who said they did. Respondents can select “yes,” “no” or “prefer not to answer.” A message from bar interim director Donna Hershkowitz accompanies the survey, and she notes, “Your responses will be kept in the strictest confidence. Comments you make may be included in summaries about this examination administration, but we will not attribute your comments to you, and individually identifiable survey responses will not be shared with state bar examiners.” Those who took the bar exam after offered the chance to win $50 gift cards if they send in their responses.
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