Many universities are conducting their exams online at the moment, creating an opportunity for students to cheat. These trends have been intensified by the COVID-19 cases. Exam centres and healthcare centres are closing. The university's reputation for being a learning facility is directly proportional with the number and quality of applicants competing to be admitted. Universities and organizations need to find ways to stop applicants cheating online when administering high-scoring exams. This is especially true if candidates are taking the exam online from distant locations.


It's easy to believe, but the top-searched internet query in education is how to cheat invigilated web exams. It is well-known that fraud in online exams has increased and students will continue to find ways to defeat proctoring technologies.


We have compiled a list of 10 possible ways students cheat in online tests.


  1. Screen Sharing / Reflection


Candidates can use multiple screens to view exam questions simultaneously from different locations. Screen sharing is used by some candidates to cheat on exams.


  1. High Tech Equipment


Students often find ways to cheat online exams that are based on cameras. Recently, high-tech companies such as CAT and MAT have been mentioned. They use small, virtually invisible Bluetooth devices to test-takers.


Calculators can store formulas, data and other information so candidates can score higher on their exams. Online exam takers are now using high-tech devices to address concerns about student cheating. They also claimed that some students use traditional fraudulent techniques such as handwriting on their bodies and palms or hand-written notes.


  1. Mobile Phones


Fraudulent smartphone use is on the rise in invigilated online examinations. Connected devices are used by candidates to store answers, and also help other test-takers locate answers from either external or internal sources.


  1. Auto Coding Software


Some candidates use auto coding software in order to pass their school/university exams. These software programs create these programs automatically without the candidate writing any code.


  1. Navigation Offers


Online exams saw students misuse their easy access to social media and the internet to commit fraud. Students often log in to unsanctioned websites to copy and paste questions and find the best answer to the exam.


  1. Impersonation


A famous trick, or an idea borrowed from popular TV shows, is to take the test for someone else. But, it is possible for a candidate to use an impersonator to appear on the exam's behalf when they are online. There are no fraudulent methods or devices. You can ask high-achieving students to take the test. Many test takers have been using impersonators for years to ruin so-called high-integrity’ tests.


  1. Use of External Devices


Online fraud masterminds will often use hard drives or microSDs in order to conceal their devices and make them difficult to find. Students can insert them either before or after the test to make copies of online exams.


  1. The room is filled with their family & friends


A common way to cheat multiple-choice quizzes online or tests is to help family members or friends to get close to those taking them. These assistants stay behind the computer or away from your webcam.


They can write their answer on a blockchain or whisper softly. Unbecoming students can hide their faces, disappear, or look around at the room. They also make suspicious gestures when asking assistants for help.


  1. Copy-pasting, and other keyboard shortcuts


Copier and paste is one of the most popular cheating methods in online exams. Students often copy and past answers from notepads or notes. The test will open in a separate tab. These simple tricks can be used to fool remote software proctors who don't know anything about the screen. IRIS Invigilation software tracks screen activity so that the student can be caught cheating.


  1. Exiting the test in good faith


Students who consider cheating online tests will often attempt to get around the software by deliberately exclusion from the exam. To exit the exam they make up excuses, such as a slow internet connection or power interruption. They then turn off the camera recording to allow them to quickly access the answers. Then, they log back on again and continue with their assessment. Some students lie and claim they cannot access software. In reality, they are hiding their true identity to avoid being invigilated.


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