Exam Scams: Best Cheating Stories and Excuses from around the World

Exam Scams: Best Cheating Stories and Excuses from around the World

Exam Scams: Best Cheating Stories and Excuses from around the World

Exam Scams: Best Cheating Stories and Excuses from around the World

Synopsis

Light entertainment for students and lecturers about that time of year. Everyone hates exams. And there's nothing worse than staring blankly at an exam paper knowing you can't answer the question! John Croucher has uncovered excuses and cheating techniques used by students around the world to avoid exams, to assist their memories or to explain poor marks. From underwear inspections to student riots, this is a collection of outrageous and often surprising stories. Exam Scams is hilarious reading for every student who has sat an exam and for every lecturer who has marked an exam paper.

Excerpt

A thing worth having is worth cheating for.

W.C. Fields

Examination time is challenging for both lecturers and students. On one hand, teachers dread the thought of having to set suitable exam papers, not to mention the gloomy prospect of numerous boring hours of marking. For their part, panic-stricken students are afforded the opportunity to display either a knowledge or ignorance of their subject.

For everyone, it is a time filled with apprehension. Seemingly, the only light relief comes from the attempts made by some students to bypass the normal exam process to gain that extra advantage that might just lift them over the pass mark or boost an otherwise ordinary performance. These devious or desperate individuals will go to great lengths to either provide a colourful explanation for their poor performance or, more commonly, for not doing the exam at all. Alternatively, they may take the opportunity to experiment with some of the vast range of cheating techniques known to students. in either case, it is left to the examiner to unravel the truth of the matter. This is not always easy.

Special consideration requests

There is a seemingly infinite variety of ailments that plagues students around exam time and many, suspiciously, manifest themselves only in the day or two of the actual exam period. Miraculously, the symptoms often disappear almost immediately the exams have been completed. Students who feel they have been disadvantaged can submit requests to the examiners for ‘special consideration’—a term which covers any incident which was unforeseen or beyond the student’s . . .

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