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Top 8 Ways Students are Cheating Today

November 19, 2009

Carin Ford at has compiled a list of the Top 8 ways students are cheating today. This is the list (in no particular order):

  • Copying — Whether it’s eyes roving during a test or a so-called “study group,” it’s still copying.
  • Buying papers online — It doesn’t get much easier than this. Papers on just about any topic you can think of are available — and most can be downloaded instantly.
  • Cheat sheets — This perennially popular form of cheating is made even easier with today’s electronic devices.
  • Take a picture — If a professor leaves a test on his desk, all it takes is the click of a student’s cell phone camera to steal it.
  • “Can I go to the bathroom?” — Once there, a student can call or text friends for answers during a test.
  • MP3 players — Students can put anything on their iPods — including lecture notes. And with many professors letting students listen to their MP3s during tests in order to focus and relax …
  • Cell phones — Is there a better — or easier — way to store data?
  • When is a candy bar more than a candy bar? — Believe it or not, some students have peeled off the wrapper, scanned it, edited the nutritional info into test answers and rewrapped the candy bar — where it sits on the student’s desk during an exam.

I encourage folks to follow the link and read the comments for more of the sneakiness of our technological age.

  1. November 19, 2009 9:31 am

    The candy bar thing is kind of crazy. As a high school student, I’m well aware of different cheating methods my peers partake in, but that’s what you would call extreme desperation. You’d think that they should have spent that time studying instead of putting all that effort into their cheating scheme…

  2. November 19, 2009 11:48 am

    That candy bar idea is pure GENIUS! Wooooow. My hat is off to that person. Though maybe they shoulda just spent that time studying…

  3. coffeezombie permalink
    November 19, 2009 11:57 am

    Yeah, the candy bar idea was pretty good. But, honestly, professors are *letting* their students listen to MP3 players during exams? Seriously, that is just *inviting* cheating. If nothing else, the student could have recorded a bunch of info and is just using an audible cheat sheet.

    Honestly, I don’t even know of anyone who even thought to *ask* if they could listen to any sort of music-playing device during a test, until a few years ago.

    No, wait, there might have been once or twice someone wanted to listen to a Discman during a test, and the teacher said “no.”

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