The Frontier in cheating

ORLANDO, Fla.  The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida, where numerous tests are administered, including the ACT, TEAS and others.

As technology advances so do ways around it in an ‘arms race’ and cheating is no different.   Generally we do not recommend cheating as a Test Preparation Strategy – here is a discussion.    Another way of cheating is sharing information online which is more nebulous.    More information about this growing trend.

Whether you think cheating is a good idea or not, you may want to consider what you are up against.

No gum is allowed during an exam: chewing could disguise a student’s speaking into a hands-free cell phone to an accomplice outside.

The 228 computers that students use  are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later is easy to spot.

Scratch paper is allowed but it is stamped with the date and must be turned in later.

When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student’s real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence.

Full article at NYTimes

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