Effect Of Cheating On Testing

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Learning plays an important role in the development of people. It can be seen that any nations focusing on people are willing to invest a lot of money in education because a good education system will form good character, which contributes to society and vice versa. However, an existing problem that many educators have to face is cheating on tests in academic institution. Nowadays, this wrong behavior occurs with high frequency, causing unfair assessment of students’ ability and unforeseen consequences in the future. Moreover, it is not just the affair of a student with a teacher but is a problem of the whole society. It needs the joining hands of everyone in community.
Cheating on tests is an academic dishonesty in the exam time to get high
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The purpose of tests is to assess fairly students’ ability as well as effort to learn after a period. However, cheating distorts the meaning of tests. The results are no longer reflects the real level of students. Again, an existing paradox is tests do not help identify of filter who cheated and who did not, and even the one cheating will get higher score than the one who is honest, hard-working but unfortunately made a mistake. Indeed, cheating on tests leads to the inequity amongst students. Students who cheated on tests may feel comfortable because they gained what they want immediately. Apparently, they benefit from getting high grades. But, in fact, they are cheating themselves as well as their future. They must understand more than anyone that these desired grades is not belong to them. With the effort they made, they are not deserved to receive these good results. And if they think high grade is a success ensuring for a promising future, they are having a delusion of success. In the article “Studies Shed Light on How Cheating Impedes Learning” by Sarah Sparks, two interesting tests show that cheating makes students misunderstand about their real ability. Students who cheated in the first test were overconfident in the second test without cheating and must see an incredible gap between their expectation and actual performance. As I have said, in the short term, cheating creates delusions and decreases the value of…show more content…
It is also like a psychological matter. Students cheat because they have incentives to be dishonest. Therefore, our objective is to construct a culture of integrity, which means encouraging students to be honest instead of discouraging them cheating. This can’t be performed in a few days but requires a process and this is the biggest goal that administrators target. Cheating on tests occurs in the exam time but we need to set up methods before, both outside and inside the exam room. With outside the exam room, I mean designing ethical lessons during the learning process. We can begin each semester by soft skill and life skill trainings which educate students to be honest, self-esteem, ways to manage time. The purpose of these lessons is to help students understand the importance of studying hard, and high grade is not everything they want from school. We also explain serious consequences of cheating in the future as well as benefits of honesty. About grades, lecturers can prevent cheating by reducing high-stake tests, increasing more opportunities to regain high scores. There are many methods that schools can use in the learning process to create an atmosphere of integrity and make their students feel it is necessary to maintain it by behaving
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