If you Google “cheating on tests,” you can find 24 million entries in just seconds.
There are, for example, supposedly helpful discussions about “28 ways to cheat on a test using school supplies” and “what are the sneakiest ways to cheat on a test.”
News stories from around the world abound about one cheating scandal after another.
There’s cheating, for example, on the SAT, administration after administration, in countries around the world, leading the College Board to withhold scores to investigate. There’s cheating on the Test of English as a Foreign Language and the Graduate Record Examination, which allows foreign nationals to enter U.S. colleges and universities without actually knowing English and with falsified records. (Last year the U.S. Justice Department indicted 15 Chinese nationals in an elaborate cheating scheme to enter U.S. colleges.)
There’s cheating on K-12 tests; a survey of 40,000 high school students done by the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics in 2010 found that more than half of teenagers said they had cheated on a test in the previous year, and 34 percent said they had done it more than twice. Even prestigious universities are not immune; at Stanford University, students in recent years have been caught cheating in computer science (using someone else’s coding), and other subjects. And Harvard has had its own cheating scandals, too.
High tech has made it even easier for students to cheat, with apps available to help. But it’s not just in academia where cheating is common.
A story from the Wall Street Journal last year tells about the famed Goldman Sachs firing of 20 junior employees for cheating on training tests, and one from WFTV (Channel 9) in Florida reports about a 2015 investigation into firefighters cheating on tests for certification in pediatric advanced life support, and a story just the other day from PennLive.com describes a cheating scandal at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in which 29 cadets were removed.
The auto industry has had its share of cheating news recently. Tire maker Nokian Renkaat is reported to have cheated on tire comparisons tests, and, of course, Volkswagen famously cheated on car emissions tests.
And now, we have this from the state of Bihar in India, where, last year, a scandal erupted when cameras caught pictures, according to AFP, that army candidates were forced to take entrance exams in their underwear to avoid cheating, as seen in the picture above.
The story says:
An army spokesman in New Delhi refused to comment on the report, which came a year after police in Bihar said they had arrested around 1,000 aspiring officers for paying people to sit their exams for them.
Using methods ranging from old-fashioned crib sheets to high-tech spy cameras, cheating is common in India, mostly to secure good school grades and highly-sought government jobs.
And so the cheating goes and goes.