How do students cheat during online exams

Do you wonder what tricks students follow to crack an online exam by cheeating? Here are some clever ways by which students cheat in online exam- be it proctored exam or non- proctored exam.

Online examination is a new concept for school students. However, many universities and recruiting companies conduct online tests from the past few years. However, the concept of online tests was initially started for people located at remote locations, but even schools students have to undergo online tests during COVID- 19 pandemic. Thus, teachers and principals are searching for various tips and techniques to avoid or minimize cheating during the online examination while students are looking for various ways to do cheating during online test sessions- be it monitored or via a zoom app.

Top software to avoid cheating during online test

Everything is turning digital. Our books, our identity proofs, our documents, and almost all tangible things around us are now shifted into 'e' zone. Therefore, exams are also now turned into 'online examinations'. Pen and paper are now replaced with monitor, mouse, keyboard, and webcam. It is believed that online tests are a key to do cheating and pass using unethical means. However, with the adoption of online examination by various universities and recruiting companies, many software and technologies are introduced to make sure that candidates found no loopholes to do cheating during an online test session. The responsibility of the security associated with online test lies on the shoulders of its conductors or supervisors. Thus, they should be aware of various technologies available nowadays to save the integrity of the online test and make it a fool-proof system.

Cheating in Online test

Clever and innovative techniques students use to cheat on online exam

Even though the exams are monitored or proctored, students are coming up with various tricks to steal a march on the invigilators. They do not care how they are coming up with ULPT or Unethical Life Pro Tips.

  • Students access multiple screens (like a laptop and a mobile) and give one gadget to their friend or relative, who also gets the question paper simultaneously and help the test taker with solutions.
  • Using traditional methods of cheating like making chits or writing on palms/ undersleeves/ on thighs under the skirt or shorts.
  • Students are nowadays using hi-tech devices for this purpose. Websites like Amazon and Flipkart are providing them a wide range of gadgets at attractive prices.
  • A quick Google search also helps candidates to get the solution of any question in a blink. The Voice search option has made the task easier. 'Incognito mode' feature is also used for this purpose.
  • Micro- sized Bluetooth devices are also highly used by students even during high stake exams like CAT. Yes, you read it right. Even CAT online exam can be cracked with this device, as it is practically undetectable.
  • Spy eyewear, invisible smartwatch, and micro earbuds are also very popular among the candidates looking for cheating tricks on web-based exams.
  • There is another trick popular among students even in proctored exam. They make a cheat sheet, fold it in half and paste it on the side of the screen. They hold the paper against the screen when the proctor asks them to show their surroundings. Later on, they look on the screen and the paper simultaneously to implement their cheat idea.
  • Using impersonators is a highly likely method for many candidates. Hiring a brainiac is enough for them, and then they really do not need any other cheating method or device. 'Team Viewer' or other similar screen saving software is used for this purpose.
  • Students undergoing programming tests use auto-coding software to crack the exam.
  • Calculators with the ability to store formulas and other relevant data are also available in the market. These calculators help the students to get more marks in an unethical manner.

What technologies are available to prevent cheating in online test

Remember- whatever your students do to do cheating, you are their teacher and a step ahead of them. Therefore, here are some proven and tried ways to detect cheating when students take online tests at home.
  • Take online proctored exam. Web proctored exams are the exams wherein monitoring software is used to keep an eye on the candidates to ensure the authenticity and creditability of the examination. Though students have found ways to crack proctored exams as well, they need to make huge efforts or spend pennies to score good marks in unethical ways. Thus, you should go for 'Video- proctoring' under which live video streaming or recorded video is used to make sure the integrity of the online exam cannot be harmed by any unethical medium. Therefore, the chances of cheating are minimum in a video- proctored exam. In case, the candidates have limited internet connectivity situations, you can go for 'Image proctoring'. Image proctoring allows the webcam of the candidate to click random pictures of the examinee at certain time intervals. In addition to this, choosing 'Audio/ Voice Proctoring' is equally necessary to record every bit of voice in the background of the candidate to ensure a 100% cheating free online exam.
  • You can opt a closed- book examination system under supervision. This is known as Secure Browser Technology. In this system or Secure Browser Technology, students are not allowed to use any gadget except a computer screen. The computer screen, which they are accessing, is also locked down and they cannot open a web browser or any other file on the computer. Usages of keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+ C, Ctrl+ V, etc. are also inaccessible. Candidates cannot even open any other window and if they try to do so, then they will get an alert or their exam session would be terminated (the examiner makes).
  • You can ask your students to set two webcams- one in the front of their face (for recognition) and another at their back so that you can see their computer screen and supervise them accordingly.
  • Set a strict time limit so that they don't have sufficient time to look around or search for answers on the internet. Setting a time limit of a few seconds (like 30 seconds/ 45 seconds/ 60 seconds) for each question would be more beneficial.
  • You can prevent impersonation as well by following certain precautionary measures. In addition to verification of valid credentials, ask your students to enter a valid identity card number and show a valid ID proof to the examiner through webcam.

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