Finals are coming up in less than a week, and the pressure is on. Students sometimes feel the need to resort to cheating in order to pass their finals, but the Testing Center proctors have been trained to notice the signs.
Anita McPherson, an assistant in the Testing Center, said the Testing Center employees only report an instance of cheating to the Honor Code Office and the teacher for the exam.
“We at the Testing Center do not make any decisions as to if it is or isn’t cheating,” McPherson said.
McPherson said that when she is training students that are working at the Testing Center, she teaches them to look at the student’s bubble sheet because all information about what is or is not allowed will be stated there.
“If the Testing Center employee sees something that looks like cheating, or if a student has something that is not listed, the employee will simply take the item and ask the student to ‘Come with me,’ and then we contact the teacher to make sure,” McPherson said. “We cannot always assume everything we see is cheating.”
Brad Kubie, an employee in the Testing Center and a junior studying computer information technology, said there are two kinds of cheating recognized at the Testing Center: behavior cheating and evidence cheating.
Kubie said evidence cheating would be if a Testing Center employee catches a student with notes that are not allowed, or if a student wrote something on their hands.
When in the Testing Center, students will be required to tell the proctor what they are allowed to use on their test before they can take it, according to the Testing Center FAQ Web page.
“Each instructor allows students to use or not use different test aids,” according to the Testing Center FAQ Web page. “By asking you to repeat back to us what you can use on your test, we ensure that you will not inadvertently use a test aid you are not permitted to use.”
McPherson said that if a student is not sure if something is allowed, they need to communicate that concern with a Testing Center worker before using the item.
Kubie said an example of behavior cheating would be someone looking at someone else’s test. He said that in those instances, a Testing Center worker will take off their tag and sit somewhere close to the student they think might be cheating and observe them. He said that if they still think they are cheating, the full procedure of being reported to their teacher and the Honor Code Office will follow.
“I have witnessed many different cheating situations, and most of the time, students are just stressed and under pressure,” Kubie said. “I never judge anybody. We at the Testing Center understand that some students just buckle under the pressure of a test. However, we still have to report it.”
McPherson said her advice to students preparing to take their finals is to study hard. She said students should not waste their time thinking of ways to cheat.