Top 7 Exam Cheating Gadgets for Students

Top 7 Exam Cheating Gadgets for Students

Students are incredibly creative when it comes to cheating on exams. They upgrade their copying and pasting skills, buy earpieces that hide in the ear or neckloop and use smart watches to track exam answers.

Sometimes, they even use their cellphones to record and share a video of the test with other classmates. Luckily, cheat-resistant systems exist to fight this form of academic dishonesty.

1. Cell Phones

While some teachers have bag and ticket systems that require students to place their phones in designated areas when they enter the classroom, there are also plenty of sneaky ways students can use cell phones during an exam.

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For example, some students text themselves answers or search for them on the internet while taking a test. Others use their phones to chat with helpers in online messaging apps.

You can hide a hidden bluetooth spy earpiece in your pocket, and communicate with someone via an inductive transmitter that connects wirelessly to the earpiece through your shirt or pants. This is one of the most discreet ways to cheat on a test.

2. Tablets

Tablets offer the same processing power as laptops but are a bit more affordable and portable. This makes them an attractive device for cheating during exams.

Students can use tablets to search the internet for answers, consult electronic textbooks or rely on personal notes written on discreet pieces of paper. They can also install remote software to communicate with associates during the exam.

For example, My Gadget Tree sells a micro spy Bluetooth pen and earpiece set for students that works as a normal ball-point pen, allowing them to communicate with their associate while taking an online test. They can even use it with a regular calculator during a math test to hide answers from their teachers.

3. Cameras

If you’re a sly cheater, you can use your camera to snap pictures of the exam page and send them to your friend’s phones or e-mail. You can even take a picture of the exam page and replace the text with your notes (be sure to carefully peel off the Coke bottle label first).

Wireless cameras are small and inconspicuous and can be hidden in many places, such as pencils, clothing buttons, pens, glasses, watches, decoration elements, high areas, wall outlets, etc. Detecting these devices requires sophisticated technology, such as frequency detectors that can locate invisible radio signals emitted by wireless camera equipment. This form of cheating can be detected by AI-based proctoring software or by live remote proctors.

4. Headphones

Many students use headphones in combination with a wireless invisible earpiece to cheat during exams. This technique allows a student to communicate with a friend outside the exam by making a call and dictating answers into their MP3 player or cell phone. The sound reaches the earpiece via an inductive transmitter hidden in a neckloop or stylish headphone. Earpiece detectors work on the GSM, 3G and 4G networks to detect such signals and can easily catch students who use them during exams.

Another popular method of cheating during exams is to hide notes or information inside a water bottle. Alemira Proctor offers gaze detection to prevent this by alerting supervisors when students look at their water bottles too often or for too long.

5. Personal Computers

During exams, students can use personal computers to cheat by looking up answers online or in their notes. This type of cheating is especially common in math and science exams because of the ability to store equations and theorems.

These devices offer students easy access to stored text and images, language translation, math calculations and internet access. They also have features that allow students to communicate with one another covertly during tests, prompting many universities globally to ban these high-tech gadgets from their campuses.

One of the best ways to hide a cheat sheet is to slide it inside a non-see-through mechanical pencil. Alternatively, you can make a small cheat sheet out of a graphing calculator and carry it with you.

6. Remote Proctoring

A range of hi-tech gadgets are being marketed to students for use in cheating on exams. These devices include special glasses with a hidden transmitter and a wireless earpiece that allow two-way secretive audio communication during an exam. Other devices look like they are straight out of a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and can store text and images, provide translation and mathematical calculations and even allow access to the internet.

These gadgets may not be as easy to catch as cheat sheets smuggled into an exam, but they are still a threat to online proctored exams. Many remote proctoring solutions utilize facial recognition, noise detection and mouse movement analysis to detect cheating.

7. Video Recording Devices

Students can use video recording devices as exam cheating tools to record the questions or answers that they are trying to memorize. These devices are often hidden in a room or other inconspicuous places and used to help candidates gain an unfair advantage during the exam process.

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Some students enable undetectable virtual machines to act as extra operating systems, enabling them to search for answers. This type of exam cheating is a common tactic in the world of online education.

This type of exam cheating can be prevented using remote live proctoring software that detects suspicious student behavior, such as taking unauthorized screen shots or excessive noise. Talview’s proctoring solution also includes secondary cameras that capture the exam environment and can flag suspicious behavior.

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