Cheating on Tests

How To Do It, Detect It, and Prevent It

By Gregory J. Cizek

© 1999 – Routledge

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About the Book

This is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at the problem of cheating on assessments (tests) across all levels of the American educational system. It is organized around seven major objectives that identify this problem by:

1. introducing and defining the problem of cheating and documenting the extent of its occurrence;

2. cataloging and presenting information on the methods used to cheat on tests;

3. providing information on methods useful for preventing cheating;

4. describing methods used to detect cheating once it has occurred;

5. synthesizing what is known about predispositions, correlates, and cultural differences in cheating;

6. summarizing legal issues related to cheating; and

7. illustrating ways in which individuals and institutions respond to cheating.

Cheating on Tests is informally written using a minimum of professional jargon and numerous anecdotes and cases. Technical information is largely confined to end-of-book appendices. It will appeal to all serious stakeholders in our educational system from parents and school board members to professionals directly connected to our schools and the testing industry.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. An Introduction to Cheating: The Wrong and the Short of It. Frequency and Perceptions of Cheating. How to Cheat: A Compendium of Methods. Cheating in Postgraduate and Professional Contexts. Cheating in Other Countries and Cultures. Correlates of Cheating. Detecting Cheating on Tests. Responding to Cheating. Deterring Cheating: An Ounce of Prevention. Legal Issues and Cheating. Cheating and the Ethos of Testing. Appendices: Statistical Methods for Detecting Cheating. Academic Integrity Policy Models. Sample Due Process Policy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement