What Is Examination Malpractice?


Examination malpractice is any form of deliberate cheating on examinations which provides one or more candidates with an unfair advantage or disadvantage. It is illegal and can be perpetrated by a single individual or groups. It can occur outside or inside the classroom.

There are many different forms of examination malpractice, including copying from another student’s test, copying from an answer sheet, bringing in cheat notes, plagiarism, colluding to obtain test answers, impersonating another student during a test and refusing to stop taking the test when the test is over. All these scenarios and many others give students an unfair advantage

In many cases, the student doesn’t mean to hurt anyone; however, there are real consequences of examination malpractice that affect the entire education system. It affects good students by showing them that cheating works. In some cases, it prevents them from getting into a particular college because the cheating students have better scores. As for the students who cheated, in the long run, cheating makes them feel dissatisfied because they are unable to prove they deserve a certificate or degree. Lastly, cheating affects the general population as more and more students who do not have the right skills gain degrees and certificates through cheating.