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In a lot of my college courses I wasn't allowed to use anything higher than a TI84. So I took the guts of my TI89 and swapped it into my TI84. Never got caught.
Oh shit that’s the way to do it
We were supposed to have TI83+ for our exams but the exam supervisors didn’t know (or care) and I used my TI89 all the time. You could upload whole texts into the TI89 with your PC.
Not sure if this would work anymore, but if I had a paper to write on a book I didn't read I would find a well written paper online. Then translate the entire thing from English to German, German to French, French to Spanish, then Spanish back to English. Pull the original paper and the new one up side by side and clean up the grammar on the new paper and you've got the same concept, but written just different enough to not be plagiarism. Worked like a charm.
We had one teacher, probably 2005 ish, who barely spoke English. A couple of the guys would just take an article, swap the first and last halves of each sentence and hand it in. Because he spoke the most broken English (he was Chinese), he wasn’t able to distinguish it from proper English. This is before the anti-plagiarism tools we have today.
Your comment turns into this when translated through your pathway. Fixing the grammar might work.
I'm not sure it does not work anymore, but if I had an article I could write in a book I did not read, I would find a well-written article online. Then, translate everything from English to German, from German to French, from French to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Pull the original paper and the new paper side by side and clean the grammar of the new paper. They have the same concept, but they are so different that you are not plagiarized. It runs like a clock.
I remember a story from my O-chem professor. This student all semester who wasn't showing up to class kept getting his score improved significantly after re-grades. They got their tests back, had a day to review them, and were allowed to re-submit for a regrade. They knew he was cheating because of the unlikelihood of the grading mistakes on multiple exams but the TAs who graded it couldn't confidently say it wasn't their handwriting.
Ultimately it was an office worker for the department who figured it out near the end of the semester, his staples were angled different than the exams handed out that were mass stapled. He was recreating the test, printing it, re-answering it, and then grading it in the same pen as the TAs and had done a good job copying the writing style.
Awh, such a small detail. RIP
My teacher shared with us a story about how since she allowed eating during her tests, one person pulled out a giant bag of M&Ms and ate a specific color corresponding to A/B/C/D. It was a two student duo and they only got caught when another student ratted them out.
What a snitch!
Not the student but the teacher
So, the teacher, let's call him Mr. A, had a reputation for being a phenomenal teacher who had every student engaged/invested in his class, no matter how mundane the subject. Any time he asked a question, every student's hand would shoot in the air with them shouting things like "call on me!" or "I know the answer!"
Simply, Mr. A developed a reputation in the district as one of its best teachers.
Fast forward a couple years and I'm grabbing coffee with Mr. A and I ask him "what's your trick? How did you get every student bought in?"
His response, "well, I told the kids every time we had a visitor in class, I need you all to raise your hand like I was giving away free candy. BUT if you don't know the answer raise your left hand. If you do know it, raise your right hand, so I know who to call on and we all look good. Worked like a charm."
Finnish schools also used this method when we were still occupied by Russia in order to look good to the inspectors.
EDIT: Finland was under russian rule, not occupied. Sorry, I fidn't proofread and English isn't my native language
I want to see the one day where everyone in the class raised their left hands.
Just pick one of the creative kids and roll with a wrong answer. A teacher where pupils are not afraid to speak even if they are not perfectly right and can be corrected is also a sign of good teaching.
My elementary school in China, whenever visitors were expected, the teacher would literally rehearse that class like for the entire week before the visitors came. She would tell us all the questions that will be asked, and then pick a student for each, to coach them the answer. I think we even rehearsed slightly wrong answers so that it looked real. I could bet you a dollar that this is still common practice in China right now.
ETA: so when a question is asked, we all raise our hands but we know who’s getting picked.
...that sounds a little similar to the military. Waste an entire fucking work week just to look as good as possible for a 30 minute visit by a senator. Fuck that noise.
I was supervising a final chemistry exam along with another coworker. Not 15 minutes in, a hand slams down on a desk and I turn around expecting the worst, only to see my coworker angrily shouting at a pair of really frightened 10th graders whose desk he smashed. Amidst the shouting I caught the words, “Morse code”. The guy proceeded to take them to the office. I called a hallway supervisor to take over and ran after the group.
Apparently, the kids were silently tapping the answers amongst themselves in Morse code. Not even with their fingernails, just their fingertips. I never heard a thing, my coworker happened to catch “B” in Morse code or something. I honestly thought he finally went crazy solely because of his appearance, picture Robin Williams in Jumanji going WHAT YEAR IS IT. I’m 100% sure that if this coworker weren’t in the room, they’d have gotten away with it for sure.
One of my old teachers told us a story about a student who had rigged up a tiny scroll of paper in a wristwatch with notes written on it. He turned the scroll by winding the watch.
He ended up getting caught because he was winding his watch so damn much during the exam, but the teacher loved the creativity.
In elementary/middle school we had to write a paragraph each week featuring all the vocabulary words included in that unit. One clever kid wrote something along these lines:
“One day kid’s name had to write a paragraph for English class. He sat down, picked up a pen and used these words in it: proceeds to list out all the words.”
The teacher only let it go once because she never saw that happen until then.
That reminds me of a time in my high school Spanish class where we had to make a skit including a list of vocab words, and it had to be 4 minutes long. So the skit went (in Spanish): "Hey, amigo, we have to write a skit containing (lists out words)." "Oh, okay. What time is it?" "It is 1:30. But I put my watch on my table. We can tell the time." "Okay. What is Jose's phone number?" "It is (numbers). What is Maria's phone number?" (They continue wasting time by asking random phone numbers while staring intently at the watch. After four total minutes have passed...) "Ah, the bell. It is time to go to class. Bye" "Bye." I think they got a B.
In high school I was in a computer based learning program and our science tests were taken digitally. However, they used a program where once you entered the test your entire screen was locked into the test and the only way to exit it was to click the finish button on the test or turn off your computer which effectively did the same thing. Another feature of the program was that once you were in the test, anything you had in your clipboard (copied text) was not able to be pasted into the answer sections on the test to prevent the only other way to cheat. However, after creating my own classroom at home , making fake tests and playing with the program to figure out a way to cheat I realized that it would allow you to copy things from inside the test and paste them elsewhere in this test. The developers of the program also did not take into account the sign in screen where you have to find the test and enter it.
Long story short, I could copy my entire page of notes I had taken on the test material, paste it into the section where I would enter my login information. Then recopy it, enter the test and paste it again in one of the answer sections, using it to answer every question and then deleting it before clicking 'finish'.
I work as a web developer for a college... Stuff like this makes me paranoid about everything I do. Some smartass CS tried to break everything in our portal one semester, just out of bordem, best student worker I've ever had!
The most dangerous mind is a bored genius
True dedication to find that out
If op is a student crowd sourcing cheating strategies, then this is one of the most creative ways of cheating that’s I’ve seen.
Either that or he's a teacher.
My exams that used a graphic calculator (TI-84) required us to show the examiners a “proof of reset” screen before the papers started so instead of actually studying for my papers, I painstakingly redrew the “proof of reset” screen pixel by pixel in the TI-84s pixel art program and stored all my notes in it.
Our calculator had a storage feature too. Once you open the battery cover it turns off and on next start it shows the reset screen. We had to open the cover and let the teacher press OK to reset. No way of cheating here
If it's a ti calculator set a really simple program to launch on startup with a fake reset screen and ok box
Not a teacher but I used to use one of those rectangular erasers because the pencils the teacher gave us were cheap and the erasers only smudged the marks. The eraser came in a cardboard sleeve and I ripped it open and would write test answers on it then erase it after exams for reuse.
College physics, girl with a really intricate tattoo on her leg wrote formulas in between the tattoo lines. Even looking closely you couldn't tell unless you knew what you were looking for. You could tell it was test day because she wore shorts.
So then how'd you find out?
I think I saw this one. Teacher is checking out the students leg and ends up finding out shes cheating. He threatens to suspend her, unless.....
Oh yeah I saw this too. There was only her, another girl and the teacher in the exam room. They all looked 25+ sitting on primary school desks.
And even though it was physics, there’s an elementary style map of the world on the wall
reminds me of Prison Break
My bio department examines any visible tattoos before lab exams. Thought that was a little over the top, but I guess there’s a reason for it
In school I found a pen that you could store a piece of paper inside.
Wrote all the formulas for a test on it in minuscule handwriting.
The process of doing that made me remember them all so I never actually looked at the pen in the test.
Luckily at university we got given a huge folder with pretty much every formula needed written inside it for exams. Knowing what formulas exist and how/when to use them is much more important than endless memorisation.
That's what always bothered me about not being allowed formula sheets in tests - the formulas are sometimes a little difficult to memorize, but knowing when and where to apply them is infinitely more useful, and is the real purpose. You're gonna Google them after you're done school anyway lol, but the knowledge of use and problem solving is invaluable
High school kids recreated a Snapple label where the nutrition panel on the back had all the answers, formulas, etc. only got caught because I’d never seen the flavor before and wanted to see how much sugar was in it.
I can imagine how worried they were when you inspected the bottle like “oh how much sugar is in th... you’re all failing”
Everyone knows to cheat using peach Snapple! Idiots.
I can name the worst, and I’ve definitely shared it before, but it wasn’t my student, it was a friend’s.
She’d downloaded a worksheet for the kids to do while she was in a meeting of some sort. Kids found the worksheet’s answer sheet online and proceeded to copy the answers. Last answer said “student responses will vary.” And that’s what one kid wrote as his answer.
Other times you’ll see one kid misspells something or gets an answer wrong, and everyone who copied from him has the same error.
This happened to our entire group of chem students last year. Everyone in the classes were cheating on the homework, because the answers were always online. In the second semester, someone made the mistake of writing answers may vary, and the teacher finally realized we were all cheating.
This happened in my networking class. Most of the class that felt the need to cheat were smart enough to always get one or two wrong and to slowly bring their average up over the course of multiple assignments. Then one of the dumbasses who barely passed most assignments and never put in any effort found out about it, and the teacher caught on after he turned in perfect assignments 15 minutes before the rest of the class three times in a row.
A classmate broke the screen and keyboard of his calculator and hid his cellphone in it, so it couldn't be seen from the teacher's position. The teacher approached him from behind and caught him tho.
brb bringing a calculator to a biology test
I was a TA for anatomy and physiology. The professor would ask for me to sit in on finals to prevent cheating.
One kid came in with a vitamin water. No worries. Half way through the test the professor noticed they kept turning the bottle and squinting. This goes on for another twenty minutes.
Professor goes up. Grabs the vitamin water bottle and rips off the label. It had a crib sheet written. On the back. The students had gone to the effort to make a fake vitamin water bottle label and write notes in the back.
The professor was impressed by the creativity and decided to give the student a 0 and not report them to the academic committee.
He should have just studied and done that so he could write suck fat nuts on the inside lol
Imagine if the Prof notices him squinting at the bottle and angrily snatches it only to realize it has "You can do it, Greg" written on the inside over and over again.
Not a teacher, but there's the famous urban legend about how a CalTech student got a perfect score on a take-home exam.
I realize the story is apocryphal, but the thing I'm most confused about is the detail that a take home exam has a time limit. I get the honor system with regard to not cheating, but would they really expect someone to time themselves on a take home exam?
In college when I had take home exams you’d have to input the answers online and you only had x amount of time from when you opened the file until it ran out.
And if your power goes out or computer shuts down, you're fucked.
Yeah, a girl in the dorm next to mine got screwed because their power blew but ours didn’t one night.
The professor was cool about it and just let her take a new test since it was a verifiable story and she had actually been working on it when it happened
I passed a pop quiz in high school by looking across the room and focusing on the top of the smart girls' pencil and trying to decipher if she wrote A B C or D after the teacher asked each question. It actually turned out more successful than I thought it would.
Edit: spelling- hey I mentioned how I cheated on a quiz, what did you expect? ;)
Also, I'm all about academic integrity when it comes to important higher education when relative to your field of work but I don't understand loading immense amounts of needless information into young, hormonal teenagers and getting upset or surprised that they don't have the mental stamina to deal with it all and would rather cheat
You have sharingan?
This is a creative one. I like the observancy
So, as a teacher the smartest way I "cheat" is by giving the kids a notecard and telling them they can put whatever cheat sheet stuff on there they want. It tricks them into actually studying for their math tests.
Also a pro tip from a math teacher; most students don't know how to study for math and this is why they struggle. Think of studying math like practicing an instrument. You need to "learn a piece" by practicing multiple problems from skill set. If you aren't practicing at least 8 - 18 problems at least every day to two days then you're never going to get past the little mistakes and missteps which have probably plagued you.
Edit: Please stop asking if I'm your old teacher, It's 99.99% likely that I'm not. This is a very common trick that many teachers use and have been using for decades.
So, not a teacher, but I witnessed probably the biggest cheating related scandal in our high school's history.
For context, we had the sweetest old guy as our Chem teacher. He called everyone "Bud" or "Buddy" or "Ma'am", he always helped, he volunteered to teach Driver's Ed after school so kids could learn to drive. He always had a twinkle in his eye because he genuinely showed love and kindness to everyone. A side effect of this was that he was very trusting.
So one day, before finals, he ran to the bathroom during class while everyone was wrapping up their lab reports. While he was gone, someone ran to his desk, found the finals just sitting there, snapped a pic, and then ran back to their desk before he got back.
Somehow, no one tattled. Probably because 90% of our grade level in that class was on board with it.
The pictures got texted around, but a few people were smart enough to Bluetooth in to each other so it couldn't be tracked.
Wellllll after the test, everyone had high scores and apparently someone confessed. This resulted in a huuuuuuuge investigation by the assistant principals, school police officer, and faculty. They traced every text message and busted so many people, all except the ones who transferred via Bluetooth.
They had to re-issue the test. Man that was crazy. I felt so bad for the teacher, he was really sad someone had taken advantage of him and I was too. Such a good dude.
Edit: Oh hot damn, thanks for the Gold!
Edit 2: To clarify, the school didn't 'trace' the messages. They just had 1v1 interviews with the school cop nearby so kids would feel pressured to snitch. Apparently a few cracked under the pressure, but iirc a fair number got away with it.
Edit 3: Also, the cop was our school cop. Real badge, gun, car, he was just there to protect us against school shooters, bombers, he patrolled for loiterers, ran drug searches, ran security for after school events and pep rallies etc. So, no actual police force was present, just this guy.
Im not a teacher but I was a student. I had a friend who knew Kurdish and Turkish(We all know Turkish ofc)Anyway,he had to move from his city due earthquake and come to opposite side of the country(Istanbul).He was writing his notes in Kurdish on his desk and 1 desk in front of him.Since none of the teachers and us knew Kurdish it was like gibberish to us,but we knew he was writing down notes in Kurdish.
Used a text file on one of the original iPods. Teacher was fine with "listening to music" during tests. Made my life so much easier lol.
You should have made your own math-rap album!
Seriously? Headphones are allowed? Lol. Teacher is just asking for students to cheat lol
Yeah lmao, I remember our Italian teacher in high school would let us listen to music during essay writing because we were so chatty but we didn't talk to each other if we were listening to music. Which meant that we could all search for anything on the internet. Not the brightest woman lol
Or maybe she just didnt care enough lol. I had alot of those teachers in highschool
Not a teacher but one of my friends in high school wrote all the physics equations we needed to know in really tiny font on jolly rancher wrappers.
There was a class that allowed you to bring one sheet of handwritten notes to exams. I knew a guy that created a font of his own handwriting and used to print the entire study guide onto a piece of notebook paper, front and back. He even set the font color to pencil grey and managed to get the margins and spacing exactly right to look like it'd been handwritten.
Modern problems require modern solutions.
I was grading a written assignment that had a 1000 word count minimum and one particular paper just felt really short to me despite word telling me it was roughly 1100 words long. On a hunch I hit CTRL-A and sure enough after the paper concluded there was a lot of white nonsense text on a white background.
That's gotta be the dumbest form of lengthening a paper there is. If you email the document, one click foils the plan, and if you turn in a hard copy, the white text doesnt even count.
If you turn in a physical copy, you wont have a strictly enforced word count, probably a page count if anything. And 9/10 students don't email their papers, there will be a turn in portal somewhere that typically doesn't detect the white text
I had physical copies in undergrad with enforced strict word counts. I barely hit the minimum once bc Word was counting my footnotes as words and I didn’t catch it, and the TA went through and counted each word in the body of the paper and docked me the like 300 words that were from citations.
Just curious. How long ago was your undergrad? That was quite a serious TA.
Word counting is tedious work.
I had summaries of chemistry and a load of math formulas on my graphic calculator (ti-83 ) and i had a backup on a thumb drive so that i could put it back after a mandatory reset
My girlfriend works for a dental exam company which are obviously super high stakes exams. Since the exams are worldwide they have actually found people from one time zone paying people from another time zone to email questions to them right before the exam starts.
There's actually a movie with this same plot called Bad Genius where a student takes a test in a different country that is a few hours ahead and texts the answers back to others that have the test in a few hours.
I watched this movie! It's inspired by a bunch of different cases of creative cheating in Asia.
Not cheating, but back in the pre-Internet days I once placed a midnight phone call from the eastern US to the reference librarian at the Honolulu Public Library to get a quick piece of critical information I needed to finish a term paper that was due at 8 AM.
Fuck man, the internet is a blessing. Can't imagine going through college without it tbh.
This happened with the AP exams last year. I'm pretty sure there was a subreddit for it and when collegeboard found out, they forced the ppl in the different time zone to stay in the class until the other timezone started
Yeah I took AP exams years ago in Hawaii. Questions would be online 3 hours before the exam if you looked
Stretch a rubber band around a text book, write whatever you want on it, then when you take it off the textbook, it’ll just look like scribble until you stretch it to see what’s written. Spanish conjugations drove me to do some incredibly unethical things.
How would you use those without looking suspicious? You could say it’s a fidget thing, but it’s risky.
Establish a precedent before the exam. Have a rubber band in class every day.
The long con
I'm waiting until marriage to conjugate.
I had class in the AM with a kid who was a TA for my physics class the afternoon before (weird period system at my old school). He would tell me the answers to app tests he had graded the day before and I would write them in black ink on the side of the sole of my black boots. I would then sit with my leg bent with my foot on my knee and read the answers during the test. You couldn't see them unless the light hit the ink just right. After the test I would just lick my finger and smudge the answers out.
A classmate was printing the answers on his paper in a veeeerry pale grey so that it barely can be seen. Still got caught because the teacher noticed him reading an empty sheet.
I did this once in a college class. Sort of. The class was real analysis and there was one problem that was absolutely going to be #1 on the final exam. It had been #1 for every final exam this professor had ever written (of which he gave us copies to study from), and it was #1 on the study guide for our final. I couldn’t do it. I tried and tried and tried, and studied, and got help, and whatever I did I could not figure out the finer point of this specific type of proof given in this specific context. So I resorted to memorizing the steps and getting it down to a sequence of blanks I could fill in.
Exam day comes. I buy 2 blue books that morning (test booklets with lined paper inside). In one of them I very very faintly write the answer to #1 (complete with space to fill in the aforementioned blanks). On the front I fill in my name- to differentiate it from the other booklet. When the professor tells us to take out our blue books and trade with the person next to us- I trade my blank blue book. I take the one I’m given and slip it into my backpack at the same time I slide out my blue book with my calculator and pencil (so it all looked legit).
I get my test. #1 doesn’t fail, it is exactly as expected. I fill in the blanks and write over my words. I continue on with the exam. And I pass the class.
I remember those blue books for stat class? I’m pretty sure I just wrote in multiple practice problems and how to solve them.. Then referred to those when I was taking the actual exam. Never had any trouble and was surprised more people didn’t do this
The teacher would have caught practice problems written in the blue book for sure.
During calc 2 I once drew the unit circle in my bluebook as soon as the test started (I struggle to remember quadrant 4..... even still...... with my degree in math lmao). I didn’t get in trouble. The prof did ask about it though, I told him I seriously wrote it as soon as I got the exam so that I didn’t stress about the possibility of forgetting it. He said that was absolutely fine and didn’t doubt me after that. But it shows that he was looking for things that had potentially been written in the blue book prior to the exam.
I did the same in math classes. The second the test start I write out every single formula I remember/will need for the test.
I'd cram them all into my head 5 minutes before the test so they are still fresh enough to write down.
Writing down math formulas and putting them in the instructions insert of the calculator.
More recently, kids will put the answers on their smart watches. It's to the point where I make all students removes their watches and place them on the classroom counter before the test starts.
I’ve done the calculator trick all throughout school, I’ll admit to it. Though I had the equations saved in the graphing slots that the calculator provides for actually plotting lines. There was no way to find it unless the professor chose to open up the graphing section and go through my line plots. Never got caught.
You don’t need to memorize these formulas for real life application. You can look them up as needed. The real skill is understanding how to use the formulas to actually get the information you want. I’ve never understood why teachers/professors force students to remember equations in math classes. (In all my psychology courses we don’t have to remember any equations, just have to know how they work and what they’re for)
This is why my teacher in my current engineering class gives us the formulas on the board when we take tests, because he understands this concept that we have the internet to look things up on
So I realize you almost certainly have to deal with legislation that demands you have those standards but I wanna take this moment to really bitch about that policy.
In college nowhere was I expected to have memorized all of the formulas that I'd need to do anything, from chem to thermo to calc. The expectation was even if you could see the formulas if you didn't understand how they worked you couldn't use them properly, and if you did understand the formulas forcing you to memorize them would be superfluous waste of brain space.
I really wish the rest of society would get on that fucking level and realize that rote memorization is not an impressive achievement over simply understanding how things work.
Physics professor posted the answers to the homework online after it was due. Thing was, he was just making the existing pages visible and the URLs followed a simple and predictable format. If you knew the URL you could look at it before it was made public.
http://fakeaddress.physics.edu/physics/HomeWork001 002 003, etc...
We found out my ECON103 professor did this too except when we typed the URL in, it led to Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up video. We got rick rolled
Something similar happened to me. I was trying to find answers to a homework. When I found it I realized the url was to my teachers website. Like this (school initials)/(teachers name)/ (homework answers)/(random numbers and letters). So I got rid of the random numbers and I found every single homework answer sheet for the year. What I realized is that on the teachers website he can make links like “contact me” or “this weeks schedule” but make them not visible to click on on his site. Used it the entire year and kept it a secret. The next year I had some friends take the class and made them promise not to share it with anyone because it’s an AP class and if we got caught they may take away our credits. That was 4 years ago so I think I’m fine
Alright boys, we got him
During a keyboard harmony lab exam (a room with 28 keyboards), one devious student had previously recorded another student's perfect performance of the exam piece on MIDI <in-out-through>.
The cheater played the recorded piece on MIDI, but used all the right hand motions on his keyboard at the back of the room to try to fool me that he was actually playing it in real time.
Unfortunately for him, the student he recorded happened to be my piano student, and I recognized the distinctive playing immediately.
I didn't embarrass him during class by calling him out on it, but dealt with the problem privately - a lesson he told me later that would stay with him for the remainder of his life.
He wasn’t meant to be a musician but a sound engineer
Printing a fake waterbottle label with test information on it.
back in mid 2000, schools here in australia started to have strict guidelines on what could be brought into exams. Water was allowed, but must be kept in a non labelled bottle. If you bought water, you have to rip off the label.
They make a massive deal out of that in the UK - you have to remove any label on your water bottle and keep it on the floor when you're not drinking it. You're also not allowed to have a pencil case which isn't see through.
As a student, I remember when my entire year level was accused of cheating, as the test results came back consistently high. What the teachers failed to realise, was that some of the answers were actually hidden in other questions.
So if you got stuck on one question, you could find the answer later on in another question.
An example would be (this was a japanese language test) "What does ___ word mean" and later on, a question would use that word in context, so you would understand what that word meant.
This sounds a lot like the test they take in the beginning of The Mysterious Benedict Society. It’s a cool book I recommend.
Ah, yes. Question 1 was answered in Question 21 and vice versa.
Yesss I know exactly what you mean haha that's def a good test taking strategy
In HS nearly all my tests had some questions like this. In college/grad school this “strategy” gets used against you. My tests/exams started having questions build off the previous question(s) so missing an answer really screwed you over...
Edit: To everyone commenting, I definitely agree that most will allow you to get points for “showing the work” despite the answer, but answer format and subject can make a huge difference. (Like math vs legal argument)
During a spelling test:
"Miss, how do you spell piano?"
The spelling word was piano. Teacher went on autopilot and started spelling the word.
That’s actually hilarious. Good for that kid too. Shoot your shot.
One time in the third grade there was a girl that didn't hear the word the teacher said on a spelling test so she leaned over to me and asked what she said. Me being the good student i was there was NO WAY i was going to talk during a test. So you know what i did? I fucking wrote it down and passed it to her not thinking i had just spelled the word out and that would be considered cheating. Promptly i was caught doing this by the teacher and realized what an idiot i was.
Edit: Silver? I don't even know her!
One time I pulled the spelling list out to see which word we were on because I didn't hear the teacher. Got ratted out immediately.
I am not a teacher but I remember in like 3rd or 4th grade, we had a spelling test. I remember before the spelling test, I threw away my practice sheet for the same words on the test and the trashcan happened to be below the pencil sharpener.
During the time of the test, I couldn’t remember how to spell a word so I went to sharpen my pencil and looked down and saw the word that needed to be spelled as the paper wasn’t crumbled up and the words were facing up.
I’m a high school teacher, but this story is about my own high school math teacher playing us and “cheating.”
It was an honors algebra/geometry class, and it was well known that Mr D re-used the same questions every year, just changed the numbers. He made a big deal about making sure we all gave our exam papers back to him after we had looked at our scores and gone over everything together to prevent cheating for the next year.
Well, of course, some of my classmates got their hands on a complete set of tests from the previous year. Soon, everyone had a set. Before each exam, we would sit together and make sure we knew how to solve every problem on that test so we could do it on the real exam with different numbers.
Years later, when I became a teacher myself, I saw Mr D at a funeral. I confessed to him that this is what we used to do. He smirked and said “Who do you think leaked the test packet to get you to study?” Mr D had figured out that kids won’t study if the teacher suggests it, but if they think they’re getting away with something, they totally will, so he managed to get a test packet out and circulating as contraband. Blew my mind.
This is amazing. As soon as I read "we would sit together and make sure we knew how to solve every problem" I was like wait... That sounds like a study group...
Mr D only play 4D chess
Back in my high school years, my teacher straight out gave us a “practice booklet” that was just the final exam with a header changed. I liked that class, hah.
I gave my students a “review sheet” that was the final with the multiple choice answers removed. Let them use it on the final too. Class final exam average was still a D.
That’s .. I’m sorry to hear. My roommate’s mother teaches third grade in a poorer area of Fort Lauderdale. No matter what she does she can never get her kids to study, I help her grade papers from time to time and it’s depressing. :(
Exactly. Even when my kids DO study, it’s like it doesn’t work. I wish I knew why. I don’t think they’re stupid - I just don’t know where the disconnect is.
At least here it’s partially a language barrier from time to time. It’s also partially because our local schooling system can’t seem to place kids in the proper grade when they arrive from another country. The testing they do seemingly takes 4-6 months, and in the meantime they’re either in a grade that’s too hard for them to comprehend (they should be in a lower grade) or they’re bored out of the mind and don’t engage (should be in a higher grade). It’s a lose/lose it seems.
He won the battle before stepping on the battlefield
My sister in law is a teaching assistant at her kids school. Her youngest daughter (My niece) was 7 at the time. She stole the test the night before, pretended it was homework and had her mom "help her with her homework" then sneaked the answers in to the test.
One of the other kids caught her, let the teacher know and my SIL, who was overseeing test conditions, died inside when she realised it was the homework sheet that she'd filled out.
Your poor sister in law, that's got to be so embarrassing.
My Mum was a teaching assistant and I would never dare to do anything like that, I'd probably be grounded for a year and yelled at for eternity.
Apparently her reasoning was that she was fed up of being in the middle group and really really wanted to be in the higher group
Not a teacher, but I used to lightly write the answers on a desk before the test with pencil. If someone calls you out on it before the test than you claim that you using the write the material down method of studying and didn't notice that it was marking the desk. After using the necessary material you just rubbed the pencil marks off of the desk thus destroying the evidence.
I do this a lot too. Spanish class is the only class I just straight up cheated in
I teach Kindergarten. They just blatantly copy off each other right in front of me and don't understand the concept of "cheating". They think they are helping and that I am mean when I tell them not to.
i'm not a teacher, but i heard a story from my friend of a teacher who caught two kids cheating through morse code by blinking.
Asking teachers what the best ideas are. Slick move OP!
The best ones are the ones that the teachers didn't notice
I used my programmable calculator to write a program for every possible math/physics question that gave me every step of the problem solving sequence along the way. They always said show your work...
Yeah that's pretty common, some teachers have started to crack down on fancy calcs
One of my math teachers actually allowed this. He figured if you can understand the formula well enough to code it you would be able to do it anyways.
In a perfect world, this would be the case.
Unfortunately, everyone just uses the program function as a text file instead of coding an actual working program.
Yeah I had a professor confiscate my calculator and have me use a cheaper one in case I had written programs on there.
When I was in high school I bought a pen like this one where each time you clicked the message inside would change. I took it apart and was able to tape paper over the tube and fit things that I would need to help me on some quizzes and tests.
I had a pen like this once, but I took it apart to see what was inside and quickly destroyed it.
As a student, we used to wear uniforms and leather shoes. As mine's a beater pair, i usually write on them with black ink pens. And when tests came, i angle it just enough to be seen by sunlight. Also, the edges of our uniform(button down shirts) are filled with formulas.
This is slightly off topic, but I had an AP Physics teacher who put a question that we hadn't learned on our first quiz just to prove a point. All of the first period got the question wrong, half of second period got it right, all of third period got it right. His point was proven.
We had long skirts at my school (ankle length) and, apparently, girls used to write the answers to questions on their thighs so that they could read them in the toilet during an exam.
every single teacher i've ever had never allows us to use the restroom during an exam
This rule has always been loosely applied in my experience.
I had to poop right in the middle of my college algebra final, and I think he understood by the look in my eyes that I was not asking permission so much as telling him I REALLY had to go. I made very direct eye contact, told him I needed to use the the toilet, said I would leave my exam, pencil, and phone with him, tossed them onto his desk and speed walked outta there.
No class or grade with ever be worth pooping myself.
In some test on University we had the questions projected on the white table/wall , so whole class had the same test and we had multiple choice "A, B, C, D, E".
So with the whole year we agreed that for each of these letters we should pair with a sign of holding the pen: if it's A - point your pen forward, B? point it to the right, C - to back, D - to the left and E - to upwards AND if you dont know the answer just put down your pen.
So we just had to carefully look around for a moment and see what most pens are pointing at and we know the answer right away.
IMO it is the safest cheating, because there's no evidence and no teacher will notice if you made a carefull peak for half a second.
Music students using music sheets as answers sheet for/from other student. Notes equals the same as the answer for Scranton tests
There's this story I've seen about kids being allowed to bring in a note card sized 4 X 6 for their exam. The teacher forgot to say the measurement (e.g. centimetres or inches) so someone bought in a piece of card that was 4 foot by 6 foot covered in notes
Teacher told me a story from US History when he used to let students listen to music. They were being tested on the US presidents. One kid was listening to music when his audio cord came out of his phone and his phone started blaring a soundclip of the student listing all the presidents in order. Music was no longer allowed, but he got to try again without music becasue of his creativity.
Not me but my friend pulled this off (both of us are college students). Before our discussions the TA would take attendance online. My friend’s TA always forgot his laptop so he would ask students if he could use theirs to start the attendance code. My friend got a key logger, let the TA use his laptop and got his account log in. The TA had access to all the quiz answers and they were posted right before the quiz. In the end he didn’t bother using them because the quizzes weren’t that hard.
Wear corduroy pants. Use a razor blade to write notes in the material. If you rub it one way, the answers disappear in the fabric. Rub it the opposite way and the writing re-appears
Instructions unclear, now bleeding profusely
During an AP US History test in high school, we had a question asking about the author of a book. Kid raises his hand and says “Mrs. ______ I read <name of book> this weekend and I really liked it!” The teacher, obviously forgetting that she had put this question on the test, replies with “Oh! By <author’s name>? I love that book!” The whole class bursts out laughing but no one says anything because she had just given us the answer to the test question lol.