5 Methods students are using to cheat on exams

AFS Team·10 July 2015·4 min read
5 Methods students are using to cheat on exams
By Amy Moore Either to prevent failing or just for the thrill of it, there are plenty of students out there cheating in exams. One in ten students cheated in their exams this year according to a report published by The Student Room. The report also showed that 50% of students from Ireland and Yorkshire said they were likely to cheat. Students are using unique cheating methods that have shown to be very effective. However, be wary as there is always a huge price to pay if you get caught. 1. Invisible Ink Students are now using UV light pens during their exams to see the invisible ink notes they have written. The chances of getting caught have been completely reduced. Invigilators will only catch you out if they see you pressing the UV light on your pen. 22. Secret earpieces Students are now playing recorded notes on their phones during the exams. They link their phones to concealed earpieces which are impossible for examiners to see. Unknowingly, all the notes are being played over and over during the exam and all the student has to do is listen and write down what they need. 3. The *cough cough *clap During multiple choice exams, some students have developed a code to share their answers to questions. Using coughing, clapping, chair scraping and hair flicking, the students all help each other when stuck for answers. Let’s hope that the genius who shares their answers with everyone gets them all right. 4. Reading posters This may not be practical for every exam, but one day you may be as lucky as the students sitting a Maths paper in Plymouth who were given answers accidentally. Invigilators put up a ‘no cheating’ poster on the wall which had a picture of a hand with algebra equations written on it. On closer observation, the hand had the equations needed to answer questions on the maths paper. That was indeed a serious poster fail. 5. Back to basics Students are still using old school methods to cheat in exams. The stereotypical cheating techniques include smuggling in written notes in your pencil case. Also writing notes on body parts such as your hand or legs (practical for women wearing skirts) is a common method. However as with any cheating methods, a lot of people get caught out. Students make themselves very vulnerable to losing their degree and paying hefty fines. It is usually just not worth the stress.