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    Hi everyone,

    As those of you who take language exams know, a lot of people are having their actual GCSE orals this month.

    I go to an all-girls school that's directly next to an all-boy's school, and our schools are slightly linked, eg. sometimes we do school plays together and stuff like that. We also share a coach system.

    I heard on the coach some others talking about their French GCSE oral exams, and how one of the classes were told exactly which questions their teacher would ask them in the "general conversation" segment, which is supposed to be completely unseen, where topics are chosen randomly and you can't prepare specifically for it. But the students were given questions to learn off by heart by their teacher, and told to "make it seem as if they hadn't learn it".
    In a nutshell: they were cheating.

    I'm sort of conflicted about this - part of me wants to report this since it's so unfair, but another part of me knows that teachers cheating in oral exams isn't terribly uncommon (although I've never heard of it on such a large scale), and that snitching could lead to an entire class of students having their papers cancelled if the exam board decides to. And also, it's not my school directly who have been doing it, so is it even my place to accuse anyone with so little evidence?

    What should I do? Should I report the cheating to the school, and if I do go about reporting it, do I report it to the exam board, my own school or should I email their school? Would it be possible for me to report it anonymously, if I chose to?

    TL;DR I heard that a class from another school were blatantly cheating in their oral exams, and I don't know if I should report it or forget I ever heard anything.

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Hi everyone,

    As those of you who take language exams know, a lot of people are having their actual GCSE orals this month.

    I go to an all-girls school that's directly next to an all-boy's school, and our schools are slightly linked, eg. sometimes we do school plays together and stuff like that. We also share a coach system.

    I heard on the coach some others talking about their French GCSE oral exams, and how one of the classes were told exactly which questions their teacher would ask them in the "general conversation" segment, which is supposed to be completely unseen, where topics are chosen randomly and you can't prepare specifically for it. But the students were given questions to learn off by heart by their teacher, and told to "make it seem as if they hadn't learn it".
    In a nutshell: they were cheating.

    I'm sort of conflicted about this - part of me wants to report this since it's so unfair, but another part of me knows that teachers cheating in oral exams isn't terribly uncommon (although I've never heard of it on such a large scale), and that snitching could lead to an entire class of students having their papers cancelled if the exam board decides to. And also, it's not my school directly who have been doing it, so is it even my place to accuse anyone with so little evidence?

    What should I do? Should I report the cheating to the school, and if I do go about reporting it, do I report it to the exam board, my own school or should I email their school? Would it be possible for me to report it anonymously, if I chose to?

    TL;DR I heard that a class from another school were blatantly cheating in their oral exams, and I don't know if I should report it or forget I ever heard anything.

    Thanks for the advice.
    Hate it to break it to you but at least 70% of the country are doing the exact same thing. My school have made us prepare 8 questions for each theme, given us one chosen theme for the exam (which is allowed, check AQA) and then we don’t know which other theme we’ll get on the day so have to memorise all of them. They won’t know what they’ll get on the day (teachers don’t know until the day) but will have sets of answers. No one actually does it spontaneously (aside a few unfortunate ones - rip); MFL at GCSE is just a memory game. Thing is, if they say their answers word for word they’ll just just lose spontaneity marks anyhow so what does it matter if that’s what you’re concerned about? Arguably they are speaking spontaneously if they remember just key phrases and allow a conversation by asking questions in between. When they spontaneous, they just want it to sound like a conversation, whether it’s prepared beforehand or not.
    Don’t report them, it’s not your place and you don’t have proof. Even if you did, you’d have to feel obliged to go tell their board, you’ll have to report almost every school alongside it. Seriously, it’s not a problem. I just feel sorry for your school bc you’re at a major disadvantage.
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