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QotD: Cheats

Question: Have you ever cheated on a test? Helped someone cheat? Been caught?

My Answer: If you define cheating as using resources that a teacher forgot to take, say, off of the chalkboard or off of the wall (a poster or two), then yes, I have. Otherwise, my answers are no, yes, and no.

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7 Responses to "QotD: Cheats"

  1. I'd have to say that using plainly available resources that the teacher forgot about is not cheating. Given that, My answers are no, no, and no.

  2. back when i was in college studying computing we had a module called Data Structures and Algorithms II - tough as nails I remember it being. Since like pretty much everyone in my class back then I was wantin' to hit the exciting world of the www bubble and make a fortune i figured DSA II was for programmers and C heads and all I was interested in was HTML, web servers and loot (hey, i was young and stupid, so were a lot of us 😉 ).

    so i never studied it all that hard (ok, i made it in to some of the classes but thats about it). who cared, the exam was multiple choice so i figured luck and the relatively low pass mark would pull me through.

    anyway, we get to a couple of days before the exam, and it's mock exam time, some old paper from a couple of years ago, multiplechoice .... and points off for incorrect answers. damn. musta missed the class they told us 'bout that one!

    so i mess up the mock exam... 17% or so, way lower than the 40% i need to pass in the real thing, and this stuff is painfully tough looking.

    there's barely any time to revise so all i can do is take many many notes as we go through the mock exam and i'm getting this bad feeling cos i ain't grokking this stuff at all.

    day of the exam, there i am sitting in front of the paper, resigned to flunking it and racking up another years worth of debt to pass the course. our lecturer comes in and starts the clock, we turn over the first page....

    ....and a massive sigh of relief and a few surpressed yelps from the class as one.

    the exam is identical to the mock exam we have all (as it turns out) been sweating and panicing over.

    i made the class (79%), passed the course and got to go work in the living hell of the new media cubbyhole of the local rag..which is another story as they say.

    so there ya go, not so much cheating as someones screw up. still makes me chuckle though. and i learnt an important lesson that day .... blind luck is a far more powerful force than hard work (kidding) 😉

  3. phew! do i win a prize for most overly long comment?

    (hint: i need a good newsreader 😛 )

  4. I don't recall cheating during my college days (and I can't remember much further back), but that doesn't mean that it didn't happen. In any case, I was never caught. I'll never forget the words my mother gave to me, though: "The world isn't fair. Try to make it unfair in your favor." I assumed she was talking about cheating. Seemed like a good lesson at the time.

  5. No. Yes. No. I've never cheated on a test myself, but I did help someone in my history class for every test. It was in grade school, and he was a lot bigger than me. So-- I had to. When it came down to the final exam that year, his passing that class depended on him passing the final. When I handed him a scan-tron with the answers on it, I made sure every asnwer I had was wrong. In the end, I passed that class with an A and that fucker got an F. 🙂

  6. Cheating?

    NSLog(); presents an interesting question: Have you ever cheated on a test? Helped someone cheat? Been caught? Of course, as mentioned in the post, whether or not a person has cheated depends on how the act of cheating is defined....

  7. During a geography test, I followed a friend's advice:

    - Sit in the front row and you were able to read the name of the country/mountain/river the teacher showed on the map;

    - There were two sets of questions to prevent cheating. One for the students sitting on the left side of the table and the other for those sitting on the right side. If you didn't know the answer to a question of your set, you gave the answer to the question of the other set. The teacher saw it was a correct answer, not that it was the answer to another question.