Highly Intelligent Cheaters Share Their Stories
In this era of high-stakes test idolization, it would be foolish for one to believe that cheating is not alive, well, and thriving.
There are even forums to discuss (brag?) on the ways one has cheated. The site Quora has a number of cheating-related brag pages, including the one featured in this post, “What was the most daring/original cheat method you ever used during an exam/test?”
A number of individuals have submitted responses, and based upon the quality of the writing (and the sophistication of the cheating), it is obvious that these former (and current) cheaters are intelligent individuals.
Even the capable cheat– the “good students.” In fact, it seems to me that highly intelligent individuals make the best cheaters.
All of this, of course, seriously undermines the infallibility and trustworthiness of high-stakes testing.
One of the more recent entries concerns Thai medical students using cameras embedded in the frames of their glasses to transmit content of a May 2016 exam to an outside source, who then fed answers created in real time to a receiver in the cheater’s Smartwatch.
That makes for one smart watch. However, the students were busted by a smarter proctor.
Here is one of the more creative schemes, useful only if one has an identical twin– and a restroom:
Being an identical twin, I’ve always wanted to cheat on an exam by switching with my brother. Fortunately for me (or unfortunately?), we never did switch.Although I once had a friend who is an identical twin who DID switch. It was for one of those SAT subject tests. One of them studied for one of the topics very thoroughly, while the other studied for another of the topics. During theHighly Intelligent Cheaters Share Their Stories | deutsch29: