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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    7/10 kids don't understand grade boundaries. FFS, you're lowering your own grade.

    Someone is literally stealing your UMS from you and you're like "hey, that's their choice, they'll get theirs one day!"

    Even if YOU'RE cheating or think it's ok, that means you look out for yourself, which means you report them at least for your own good.
    This. However, the problem is that people are either getting 100% here on TSR so don't actually have anything to lose or they have cheated before themselves.

    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    If it was a proper GCSE or A-Level exam, then I wouldn't. I'd think reporting them doesn't benefit me in any way, and it only harms them, so what's the point? Although if it were just an ordinary class test and I was competing with the rest of them for the highest marks, then perhaps I would.
    Totally opposite for me. Why would you bother with unofficial tests; they would 'only' be cheating themselves. I normally didn't care for these types of tests and just used them to reflect my learning until teachers started using them for other motives such as predicted grades, deciding on the exam entry levels and judging your capabilities before you've had a chance to learn the material. Your last sentence seems pointless, highest marks for what? do you win some money? You and the person themselves knows they are cheating so there is not much other benefit.

    For a proper exam, you are competing. Besides the grade boundary phenomenon that others have mentioned, some recruiters and unis compare candidates' grades with people from the same institution and class to take into account the context in which they were achieved.

    (Original post by AmyD111)
    For those saying about grade boundries - surely one or two people won't make a difference. I can't catch everyone cheating in all the schools.
    I don't agree with that way of thinking. They might be the difference between one mark changing which could make a difference to many people. Is it likely? no. But probably more likely than voting in an election, at the end of the day you just can't say. But here on TSR you are also advocating for other people to also keep their mouths shut, which when totaled, has a much higher chance to make a difference.

    (Original post by Tom Jickleson)
    I think it would be quite satisfying to know that they didn't get away with it, but it wouldn't be worth the effort of reporting them, especially to teachers who would see me as a ratty little snitch.
    This. I had a situation where an exam paper got leaked. It literally made its way around to everyone anyway, but I doubt I would have had the bottle to do anything. In the end I got slightly lazy about revising (because I already had the exam paper), but was still so glad when I opened the exam and realised it was different. Of course, I wanted to do well anyway, so had revised and was using the leaked paper as an extra practice paper, plus of with their being no guarantee. After the exam, some people in another centre had been told that had indeed been changed because someone reported it, and I'm ever so glad. I ended up doing a lot better than most people, so everyone else must have taken their eye off the ball even more.

    Edit: Still to this day the alleged snitch is demonised, I try to defend her because I don't even think it was her, but even I don't have the bottle to say that to them that I'm glad whoever it was did so.

    In regards to your last point, I do wonder. There will be some invigilators/teachers that do not care and just wouldn't want the extra work or it might look bad, after all it was their job and they didn't catch the culprit until a student did first.

    (Original post by Questioness)
    Only if I flop. Sorry mate but if I go down, you're coming with me.
    Haha love this one. It's probably true as well, if I had nothing to lose, I would.
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    I saw two people cheating in GCSE/A level exams, one girl who had this ingenious roll of notes curled up inside her pencil sharpener. Fine, she's cheating, but is it really affecting me? Is whatever mark she gets going to affect my grades? No. So I don't see why I'd go snitch and report it. To be honest, the stress she got from sneaking it in/hiding it from the invigilators was probably more distracting than helpful.
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    I saw two people cheating in GCSE/A level exams, one girl who had this ingenious roll of notes curled up inside her pencil sharpener. Fine, she's cheating, but is it really affecting me? Is whatever mark she gets going to affect my grades? No. So I don't see why I'd go snitch and report it. To be honest, the stress she got from sneaking it in/hiding it from the invigilators was probably more distracting than helpful.
    you clearly have zero understanding of how grade boundaries are produced.

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    (Original post by Raees_Sharif)
    you clearly have zero understanding of how grade boundaries are produced.

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    'Bell curve' and all that, yes, I do know that grade boundaries are calculated on other people's results. But think about it for a second. How is that one person cheating, out of thousands of students in the country, going to affect your results? And is their 'cheating' actually going to give them an advantage? The girl I noticed spent most of the exam hiding the note from the invigilator. That probably caused more stress than the time she could have spent learning the info in the first place. I doubt she'd have got a good answer down anyway, being that stressed she was going to be caught.

    And anyway, you report that one person, you potentially mess up their whole university/college application. No they shouldn't be cheating, but are you seriously going to be the reason that someone doesn't get into university just because you felt you wanted to report it?
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    'Bell curve' and all that, yes, I do know that grade boundaries are calculated on other people's results. But think about it for a second. How is that one person cheating, out of thousands of students in the country, going to affect your results? And is their 'cheating' actually going to give them an advantage? The girl I noticed spent most of the exam hiding the note from the invigilator. That probably caused more stress than the time she could have spent learning the info in the first place. I doubt she'd have got a good answer down anyway, being that stressed she was going to be caught.

    And anyway, you report that one person, you potentially mess up their whole university/college application. No they shouldn't be cheating, but are you seriously going to be the reason that someone doesn't get into university just because you felt you wanted to report it?
    A-Level grade boundaries don't follow a normal distribution.
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    'Bell curve' and all that, yes, I do know that grade boundaries are calculated on other people's results. But think about it for a second. How is that one person cheating, out of thousands of students in the country, going to affect your results? And is their 'cheating' actually going to give them an advantage? The girl I noticed spent most of the exam hiding the note from the invigilator. That probably caused more stress than the time she could have spent learning the info in the first place. I doubt she'd have got a good answer down anyway, being that stressed she was going to be caught.

    And anyway, you report that one person, you potentially mess up their whole university/college application. No they shouldn't be cheating, but are you seriously going to be the reason that someone doesn't get into university just because you felt you wanted to report it?
    What does it matter whether they're getting an advantage? They clearly think they're getting an advantage.

    Personally I wouldn't lose a minute's sleep if it messed up their university application. They did it to themselves.
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    Personally I wouldn't lose a minute's sleep if it messed up their university application. They did it to themselves.
    Yes, but why do you feel the need to do that? What are you, the results police?
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    Yes, but why do you feel the need to do that? What are you, the results police?
    yep, if you universalize the "what is 1 person gonna do to the grade boundaries, no point reporting" logic, all the cheaters would get away with cheating and the grade boundaries would be ridiculously high and fair players would not get into university.
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    Yes, but why do you feel the need to do that? What are you, the results police?
    I'm someone can do something about it. Why are you so quick to shift the responsibility onto someone else?

    If you look out of your window and you see someone burgling your neighbour, do you report it? I assume you do. Why? What are you, the police?
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    If you look out of your window and you see someone burgling your neighbour, do you report it? I assume you do. Why? What are you, the police?
    I think someone burgling my neighbour's house is a bit more of a serious issue than someone sneaking a formula into a maths exam, but you know, each to their own
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    I think someone burgling my neighbour's house is a bit more of a serious issue than someone sneaking a formula into a maths exam, but you know, each to their own
    Right, so we're not arguing about principle here. We agree that it's proper to take action if you see someone doing something wrong, even where that doesn't damage your personal interests (even though it does in the exam case).

    You don't feel bad if you ruin a burglar's life by having them sent to prison, but you do feel bad if you ruin a person's university application by pointing out that they're cheating. I don't see the logic in this distinction.
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    Right, so we're not arguing about principle here. We agree that it's proper to take action if you see someone doing something wrong, even where that doesn't damage your personal interests (even though it does in the exam case).

    You don't feel bad if you ruin a burglar's life by having them sent to prison, but you do feel bad if you ruin a person's university application by pointing out that they're cheating. I don't see the logic in this distinction.
    Seriously? Burgling someone's house is going to affect their whole lives... The burglar could steal some really personal things, they could steal really valuable things, they could trash that person's house and mean that they don't feel safe in their own home again for a long time (one of my best friends was burgled, and this is what it does to people, by the way.)

    Contrast that with someone sneaking a note into a maths paper. It's not going to ruin anyone else's life, it's not going to really affect you or anyone else at all - that person 'cheating' in that one exam has so little significance to your life. How you can compare that to burgling someone's house is actually a bit laughable.
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    some of the cheating methods are so bloody good, a few years ago in a music exam a guy in my class wrote the whole orchestra on the yellow parts of one of these, I was so impressed

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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    Seriously? Burgling someone's house is going to affect their whole lives... The burglar could steal some really personal things, they could steal really valuable things, they could trash that person's house and mean that they don't feel safe in their own home again for a long time (one of my best friends was burgled, and this is what it does to people, by the way.)

    Contrast that with someone sneaking a note into a maths paper. It's not going to ruin anyone else's life, it's not going to really affect you or anyone else at all - that person 'cheating' in that one exam has so little significance to your life. How you can compare that to burgling someone's house is actually a bit laughable.
    I think you need to learn how an analogy works, but I don't have the energy to explain it to you right now.
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    (Original post by Jack Ball)
    Awww, thanks Dylan.
    not you, you would never think of something this clever m8
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    if you saw someone murdering someone else and could identify the killer, you wouldn't tell the police. it's wrong and they should be caught, but we have the police for that. And, without wanting to sound arrogant, the murderer has no reason to kill you too, so it's not your problem.
    But the police rely on the public to report crimes to them, they're not constantly keeping an eye on everyone to notice when crimes are committed. The same is not true of invigilators; they aren't (or shouldn't be) reliant on other exam candidates to report cheating, because they're all busy writing their own exams.

    I would tell the police if I saw someone committing a crime, but I wouldn't feel it's my duty to do anything if I see someone cheating in an exam.
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    (Original post by RVNmax)
    Totally opposite for me. Why would you bother with unofficial tests; they would 'only' be cheating themselves. I normally didn't care for these types of tests and just used them to reflect my learning until teachers started using them for other motives such as predicted grades, deciding on the exam entry levels and judging your capabilities before you've had a chance to learn the material. Your last sentence seems pointless, highest marks for what? do you win some money? You and the person themselves knows they are cheating so there is not much other benefit.
    Actually yes; in my school, people who collected three distinctions in end of year exams (for getting the highest mark in the class or one of the top 3 marks in the whole year) would actually win money. You'd then spend it on books or similar things which would be presented to you at the founder's day ceremony.

    For a proper exam, you are competing. Besides the grade boundary phenomenon that others have mentioned, some recruiters and unis compare candidates' grades with people from the same institution and class to take into account the context in which they were achieved.
    I know technically you are competing, but to me personally it would feel like less of a competition. Because when it comes to public exams, my aim was always simply been to get an A* in every subject, which I managed to do. It was never about beating anybody else. And I used to get my grades so comfortably, that reporting someone else cheating or not wouldn't have made a difference between one grade and the next, or getting a uni place or not getting it, for me personally - especially singe hundreds of thousands of people across the country take these exams.

    In school exams, where the actual raw marks were published for all students to see, and where you were rewarded not just for getting a number of marks worthy of a certain grade, but for getting more marks than the 20 or so other people in your class, then it felt to me like more direct competition. I'd care not just about how well I did myself, but that I did better than the person next to me.
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    I would have really mixed reactions to this. On one level I'd be 'what a chancer' on another I think I'd never be able to respect that person again. I wouldn't report them because in the first instance it wouldn't affect my paper and secondly I think grassing on someone would make me feel small. I have experienced cheating in the D of E programme. A bit of me was angry and resentful but on the whole I just thought I was able to collect my award with head held high knowing full well I had achieved it not just by following the letter but the spirit of the scheme too. When this other person eventually collects hers, all of us in the 6th will have the same thought in our head and our congratulations may be a bit hollow.
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    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    But the police rely on the public to report crimes to them, they're not constantly keeping an eye on everyone to notice when crimes are committed. The same is not true of invigilators; they aren't (or shouldn't be) reliant on other exam candidates to report cheating, because they're all busy writing their own exams.

    I would tell the police if I saw someone committing a crime, but I wouldn't feel it's my duty to do anything if I see someone cheating in an exam.
    So the police need help, but invigilators shouldn't? How does that even work?

    Cheating in an exam is a crime... do you not get how serious qualifications are? Shoplifters get let off, that doesn't mean it isn't a crime, and that you shouldn't report any theft you may see in future.

    So far nothing you've said is consistent. You disagree morally with everything to do with cheating in an exam, expect the actual act of cheating in an exam.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    So the police need help, but invigilators shouldn't? How does that even work?

    Cheating in an exam is a crime... do you not get how serious qualifications are? Shoplifters get let off, that doesn't mean it isn't a crime, and that you shouldn't report any theft you may see in future.

    So far nothing you've said is consistent. You disagree morally with everything to do with cheating in an exam, expect the actual act of cheating in an exam.
    No, I morally disagree with murder, shop lifting, cheating in an exam (including the act of doing so).

    However I think with crimes, it's my civic duty to report them when I see them because that's what the police rely on to find out about crimes. If nobody ever reported crimes to the police, there'd be hardly any point in having police, because they can't practically be expected to have such a presence everywhere to witness all crimes for themselves.

    Whereas it's not my duty to report cheating in an exam, because invigilators are not reliant on other exam candidates to find out about it. Other exam candidates are busy writing their own exams to worry about what anyone else is doing. If a person is visibly cheating in an exam, an invigilator should catch him without the need for another candidate to report him, because he's standing right there in the same room, and it's his job to watch everyone to make sure they're not cheating.

    All these actions are wrong and people who do them deserve to be caught out and penalised. But whether it's my personal duty or in my personal interest to report them is not the same in each case.
 
 
 
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