Everyone’s least favorite part of school is the dreaded exam. But if you fear flunking, something, creative measures must be taken. Here are some shocking thing students did to pass exams.

10. Boycott


Peter Froehlich was aprofessor at Johns Hopkins University and he was well- known for grading on acurve.  Whatever student got the highestscore; their score would be considered an “A” and so on so out. At the end ofthe fall term, students in Froehlich’s classes collectively decided to boycott thefinal so that the highest score would be zero. The boycott worked and all ofthe students passed their final with an “a”. Froehlich altered his gradingpolicy after the incident.

9. Cheating for a Visa

Cheating for a Visa

In 2015, the United StatesDepartment of justice intervened after 15 Chinese individuals took exams suchas the sats and the test of English as a foreign language while posing as otherChinese individuals still in China. Each student was paid up to $6,000 and sentfalse passports with the names of the other students in China and insertedtheir photos. The reason behind this was that the students still in Chinawanted to study and go to college in the United States so they could get avisa. The scheme took place between 2011 and 2015. The situation went fromacademic issue to an immigration issue really quickly!

8. Smart Cameras

Smart Cameras

This story sound like it’sstraight from a spy movie. Students in Thailand were caught taking photos ofexam questions with smart cameras in their eyeglasses.  The photos would then be sent to an unknownperson who would then research the answer and send it back to the student’ssmartwatch. Other students around the world have tried this same technique, butsome were caught because they forgot to silence their watches when the examstarted.

7. Super pass

Super pass

In Hong Kong, China, there is aseries of activities called, “Ging Guo” or “Super pass” that students willparticipate in around a month before exam time. It starts at a Chineserestaurant where students will eat a dish consisting of pork cubes and cashews.Cashews are especially important because it sounds like “wish to pass” inChinese. Then each student will have a turn at trying to slice a roast pig inhalf. If the student is successful at slicing the sacrificial offering, it’sbelieved they will pass. Finally, the students will eat kiwis because theChinese name for the fruit sounds like, “easy to pass exams”. 

6. Tampons & Pencils

Tampons & Pencils

Come exam time; there are manythings that aren’t permitted in the examination room like cell phones and otherelectronics. Several women have come forward to various publications andconfessed that they have written notes and test answers on tampons, one of thefew items allowed to be on hand with a student in the test room.  Other variations of this is slicing a pencilin half, writing the answers on mailing labels, and sticking them inside thepencil, then flipping them open when the teacher isn’t looking.

5. Rolling in the Carpet

Rolling in the Carpet

When an anonymous school studentfrom St. Louis, Missouri was struggling with her school course, she figured outa way to get a passing grade. She asked her 49- year- old professor for helpand offered to come to his home. Needless to say, the young college student andthe professor ended up rolling around on his carpet. And the student’s gradesmagically improved! Their affair continued, but unfortunately for the student,old professor made her continue the romp or he wouldn’t give her a passingfinal grade.

4. Un Pen

 Un Pen

According to an article in thedaily mail, many students have been buying UV pens, which are only a fewdollars, and using them to write answers on their arms, pants, and waterbottles.  In regular light, the noteswill be invisible. All students need to go come time is shine the UV light tothe area they wrote on, and their notes will appear. Think it like writing withinvisible INK praying that the teacher doesn’t notice the UV light!

3. Body Doubles

Body Doubles

In 2011, an elaborate cheatingscandal was discovered in long island, New York where college students werediscovered taking the sats for younger students. One adult and six minors werearrested in the cheating ring. The adult that was arrested was accepting paymentsof up to $2,500 to take sat. He started this in 2009 and used false IDS to getthe exam venues. He ended up facing felony charges and testing facilitiestightened up their security.  

2. Calculator Hacking

 Calculator Hacking

Usually before a math test thatrequires a calculator, instructors will go around the room, test out thedevices and clear any stored data so that students can’t look in past archivesto find the answers. However, in this and age with the ability to hacktechnology, students have been figuring out ways to hack into graphingcalculators like a it-83 and upload programs that will restored deleted data,or even upload additional notes to help them pass a test. 

1. Bad Hygiene

Bad Hygiene

In South Korea, students have beenknown to not shower come exam time. This is due to a superstition that if youwash your hair before an exam, you wash all of the knowledge out. This may seemrather gross and trivial, but it is a common practice for South Koreanscholars. And, no one’s going to be getting close enough to cheat, that’s forsure!


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