Teacher created ingenious exam question to find cheaters and caught 14 students
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Students cheating in tests is not a new concept. In fact, it probably goes as far back as tests began, because you're always going to get chancers who will try their luck.
But while cheating is nothing new, advancements in technology have certainly enhanced the ways in which students can give themselves a leg up - especially now everyone has the internet in their pocket.
Obviously, phones are banned in exam conditions, but one teacher noticed that a lot of his students were seemingly needing to go and relieve themselves during exams, which led him to get suspicious about whether there was really an ulterior motive.
Concerned about the growing number of class members needing toilet breaks, he decided to come up with a plan to catch out anyone who might be up to no good.
The educator suspected that students were actually sneaking off to illegally search for the answers to quiz questions, so he decided he would catch them out.
His genius plan involved creating an impossible quiz question and adding it to a test, before planting the fake answer on a website he knew students would often use to study.
This meant that anyone who provided the 'correct' answer had obviously used illegal means to do so. Truly genius.
The teacher later took to Reddit to explain his method and how he intentionally 'made part B impossible to solve'.
Around a month before the test was due to take place, he started the wheels in motion for his subterfuge plan, by getting a teaching assistant who had an account with this particular website to ask the exact same question, in very specific and distinctly worded way.
The teacher then created his own account and answered the question using the fake solution, which could easily be seen as correct, if you don't pay too much attention to trying to work it out.
You know, just like those who might sneak to the loo to peek on their phone might do.
Low and behold, the plan worked, and the teacher managed to catch out 14 students out of a class of 99, as they'd all taken toilet breaks and used the fake answer he'd provided.
The 14 cheaters were then given zero marks for the test and were all reported to the university for breaking its academic pledge.
Meanwhile, everyone who attempted to work the question out properly and inevitably for the wrong answer were given full marks for the question for their honesty and integrity in giving it a go.
There's a lesson to be learned for all of us here...
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