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How Do You Cheat On A Test

How do you cheat on a test?

How do you cheat on a test? There are multiple ways of cheating on a test. Cheating on a test is done by many students in colleges and schools and this is rampant on most college campuses.

Before I list the various methods that students use to cheat on a test, I thought I will enumerate the different reasons as to why students cheat. It is quite important to understand the reasons that motivate students to cheat so that we could, perhaps, manage those reasons in an effort to reduce cheating in colleges.

Reasons for students to cheat on a test

  • Many students are driven by a deep desire to excel in everything they do

  • The workload during the semester is too heavy to manage

  • Since many students cheat, those who don't cheat believe they are at a disadvantage

  • Some students feel that adequate notes and content materials are not given by professors

  • Many students believe that there are too many tests in a day to be able to study well for all of them

  • It is also true that some parents put a lot of pressure on their children to excel in academics

  • As many students work part-time to support college education, they are too frazzled with excessive work to focus well on studying

  • Sometimes, the reason for cheating could be an illness that took away precious time during the semester

  • Many sportspeople are required to score a minimum GPA to qualify to remain in the team and this adds to the stress levels of students

  • For many students receiving financial aid, scoring a low GPA results in withdrawal of the aid

  • Most students feel that a high GPA score is required to land a well-paying job

  • It is also true that sometimes, professors are overly harsh when it comes to grading their students

  • Some professors also set unfairly difficult papers with the intention to fail students

  • There are a few professors (not many in number) who increase the workload of students unfairly during the semester

The above-mentioned reasons are only a tip of the iceberg and students come up with innovative (and sometimes valid) excuses for having to cheat on a test. This article gives you some novel ways that students employ to cheat on a test.

How do you cheat on a test

Making notes on the reverse of the calculator using a pencil – As you cannot see the notes until you know that they exist and peer closely this method is great for students looking for low-risk cheating mechanisms. Students keep the calculator at a specific angle which ensures that only they can view what is written.

However, you must be aware that your teachers may be aware of this method and if they check and find out that you have been cheating, you could land in a lot of trouble. Also, getting rid of this evidence is not very easy as the impression will not really go away.

Notes made on the fingernails – If you have incredibly beautiful handwriting and you can write minutely and yet clearly, then this method could work for you. If written rightly, your nails will merely look as if they are painted and if you can read your notes it would be great. Moreover, you keep need to rub off the evidence from your nails.

Fitting rolled cheat sheets into the hollow pipe of your pen – Remove the refill from your pen. Prepare your cheat sheet on a thin sheet of paper. Cut the edges so that when they are rolled they fit in well into your pen. So, take appropriate measurements and cut out your sheet. Fit in the rolled cheat sheet into the pen.

During the test, students discreetly open the pen and pull out the sheet. They keep it under the papers and are able to peek whenever they need. Of course, the dismantling of the pen during a test could raise your teacher's suspicions and he or she could catch you red-handed.

Invisible inks and ultra-violet pens – Students use invisible ink to prepare cheat sheets and this will never arouse suspicions in anyone's mind. However, students would need an ultra-violet pen to read this and using this device during a test can trigger suspicion and the teacher could come forward to investigate further.

Calculators with memory functions – Students save notes, formulae, and answers in the memory function. It is easy to recall the memory stored in the calculator and chances of getting caught are very low as students can easily erase the data.

Smart watches that look like digital watches – There are wonderfully designed smart watches that simply resemble a digital wrist watch. However, the functionality of the smart watch is quite good. Students input data into the memory space of the smart watch and during the test, pretend to look at the watch while retrieving the hidden data.

Filling a large-sized eraser with notes – Students deliberately buy a large-sized eraser and fill it with notes. This can be hidden quite well and using an eraser often may not really make the teacher very suspicious. However, no matter how small you write or how big the eraser is (you can't really buy an incongruously large one), the amount of data you can fit in is highly limited. Yet, it could come of use for noting down formulae and difficult words etc.

Discussing answers with classmates – When the teacher is not looking your way, you can quietly nudge your neighbor and ask her/him to share answers with you. Alternatively, you could share answers with her/him.

Code language – This is used as a team cheating mechanism and works quite well in a multiple choice format. The person who knows the answers will choose one or more of the following codes to pass on the answer to his/her friends sitting for the test; scratching the right nose Option A, scratching left nose for Option, a single cough for Option C, double cough for Option D etc. These codes are prepared beforehand and learned and understood by all in the team. A fairly low-risk method as no one can really stop anyone from scratching or coughing.

Cheat sheets on tissue paper – Tissue papers are ubiquitous elements and are used by everyone. Hardly any restrictions are or can be placed to use them. So, some students leverage this freedom and write cheat sheets on tissue paper. During the test, they take it out and in the pretext of blowing their nose or wiping their face they quickly peek into the notes.

The fact that these papers are really thin can make the writing appear on the other side and could be easily visible to a teacher with a sharp mind and eyes. So, it is important to be careful in this method too.

Cheat sheets on the labels of water bottles – Water bottles are as ubiquitous as tissue papers and so students leverage this too. They tear and remove the label carefully and gently. They fill the reverse blank side of the label with notes and guardedly fix it back around the bottle. They ensure that the label does not look crumbled or suspicious in any way.

In the pretext of drinking water, students peek into the notes that are clearly visible through the transparent bottle.

Final Notes

Cheating is not allowed nor is a great way to pass a test. Cheating prevents your learning from being wholesome and complete. Cheating has many other negatives that you already know about. Yet, it would be foolish not to accept the truth of its prevalence in college.

Getting caught while cheating can have really, really unpleasant and long-lasting negative effects and hence extreme caution is advised. I would advise you to study hard and do well instead.

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