Teacher Creates Savage Exam Question To Catch Cheaters & Nabs 14 Of Them
By Dave Basner
December 16, 2019
If teachers hate one thing, it's cheaters. While some students study hard and do all their work, others squeak by by finding ways to break rules and get answers. One professor had enough of it and set out to catch any cheaters in his class, and it worked.
A student from the teacher's engineering class explained on Reddit what went down, describing how their final exam included a particularly difficult question, one that wasn't really about what they learned in class. Interestingly, a surprising number of students used the bathroom during the test - more than usual. The student realized most of them were actually going out of the classroom to look up the answer to the hard question on a website that gives the correct answers to test and homework questions. Since the professor is a little older, the class likely suspected he wasn't aware that A website like thay existed, but they were very wrong.
Unbeknownst to them, weeks earlier, the prof had his assistant set up an account on the cheating site and ask the very question he included on the test, which was very unique in the way it was worded. The teacher then made an account on the site and answered the question with what the student described as a "bulls**t solution that seems right at first glance but is actually fundamentally flawed and very unlikely that someone would make the same assumptions and mistakes independently."
After the test, the teacher sent an email to the class, revealing that of the 99 students, 14 of them used that BS answer on their exam, and the all those students who wrote it got zeros on the test and were reported to the university for violating the school's honor code. Their names were also passed around to all the other teachers so everyone would know they cheated.
As for the students who didn't cheat on the question, regardless of what they wrote, it was marked as correct.
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