Some have probably cheated on their school exams at least once. After all, it was tempting at times. When a class was really hard or you struggled with the material, it seemed so much simpler to just take the easy way out.
And while academic honesty is good, it’s not hard to see why students cheat. In high school, many teens feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of schoolwork. They also feel as though they don’t have the right resources to help them study in a way that’s beneficial to them. With a school day that starts at the crack of dawn and ends after extracurriculars and hours of homework, it’s not entirely difficult to understand why some students cheat.
Some say that there is an art to cheating. You can’t just write all the answers down and get them all right, especially if you haven’t previously been doing well in the class. That’s a dead giveaway. You could always peek at your neighbor’s paper, but that’s obvious — and you run the risk of being noticed.
You have to come up with something more creative the teachers and other students won’t notice. These 75 cheaters did just that to ace their exams.
It’s easy to write on a regular wooden ruler. All it takes is a pencil, which is easy to spot if you’re looking for it — but also easy to overlook if you’re not.
This one probably isn’t possible for most students, but you have to admit it’s clever. This nursing student took advantage of a dummy hand so he could look at his phone during the test. I hope he’s never my nurse.
Some teachers allow students to have drinks during their exams. That provides the perfect way to smuggle in cheat sheets, all in the name of staying hydrated.
4) Computer, calculator, what’s the difference?
This student removed the guts of his calculator and replaced them with a cell phone. He could easily Google the answers to the exam while appearing to be doing calculations.
5) That’s pretty impressive
Morse code is an outdated form of communication. So, there’s very little chance of anyone even noticing. These students just had the bad luck of attracting the attention of a teacher who did.
This student painstakingly recreated a Vitamin Water label, replacing all the nutritional information with test answers. Maybe they should have spent that time studying instead.
7) Clever and it involves chocolate
The teachers who allow snacking during class don’t know just how far their students will go to cheat. The only problem with this method is the potential to run out of one color of M&Ms.
8) There was no way to catch them
The sheer genius of this method was in switching the person who studied. By taking turns, the students made sure the teacher would never be able to catch them.
9) Looking out for their pals
This was spotted on a building across the street from a school. It was positioned at the perfect angle so students could look out the window during the exam.
10) They can’t ask the student to show them…
At one school, the girls took advantage of the cold weather to wear black tights. They also wrote the test answers on their legs. The notes weren’t visible to others, but by gently stretching the fabric, they were able to see them.
11) Be right back, going to get a tattoo
This is pretty clever, especially since no one would ever think to look. And even if they did, how would a teacher examine a student’s thigh without making the situation uncomfortable?
12) It might make your eyes cross
This takes some next-level dedication. This student wrote his answers on the inside of his dreadlocks. It might be suspicious when everyone comes into the test with a new hairdo, though.
13) It slipped beneath her notice
This one’s almost on the teacher. If she allowed music in an exam, she should’ve thought about the consequences. It’s easy to record a text file.
14) When you’re only allowed one note card
Some teachers allow students the use of a single note card during an exam. This student found a loophole that wasn’t technically cheating. They wrote notes on top of one another in red and blue and used a pair of 3D glasses to isolate each color. That meant they had double the notes.
Two students rigged an elaborate cheating system where they would tap out the answers — one, two, three, or four, corresponding to the multiple-choice option. If one of them needed an answer, he would touch his head.
Something tells me this teacher was a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic. Not only did she not notice the tape on the ceiling, but she assumed they were having a group prayer.
17) Two words: invisible ink
One student used invisible ink to secretly make notes for herself. Unfortunately, she was caught because to see them, she had to use a small blacklight.
18) Don’t forget to wear the right shoes
What teacher would think to check the bottom of your shoes for cheat codes? All you have to do is sit at the right angle, which will look perfectly natural if you do it correctly.
19) You can’t ask why they’re blinking
Here’s another method that’s genius because it can’t be proven. What are you going to do, ask them to explain why they’re blinking? Everybody has to blink.
Sometimes cheating hacks are as simple as hiding your phone under the table. Of course, the teacher would think he was just pulling his sleeve over his hand.
This student must’ve eaten an enormous amount of gum. Is a bowel obstruction worth getting an A on a test? I guess it all depends on your point of view.
22) All you need is a pen and a small piece of paper
A classic method of cheating is to write answers on a tiny piece of paper and roll it up inside your pen. It can be removed discreetly during the test by clicking the pen.
23) Making use of the sun
This is incredible. To catch them, the teacher would have to be looking at the shoes from the perfect angle. The odds of that are almost nonexistent.
24) All it takes is a screenshot
Sometimes, students’ familiarity with technology can be their teachers’ undoing. In this case, while taking a graded computer test, one student simply took screenshots of the answers and sent them to the students in the next period.
Who would’ve thought you could get students to get together and voluntarily conduct an experiment? The teacher would never be able to figure out how everyone was cheating.
26) That takes dedication
This took a lot of creativity and a willingness to think outside the box. The teacher probably wouldn’t be looking out for something like this because who would ever think of it?
27) Does hard work count for credit?
When students know how to work with technology, almost nothing can stop them. This student figured out how to make their calculator look like it was reset when it actually stored all the formulas.
28) That’s some legit nail art
Some people have a real talent for nail art. From afar, it looks like a pretty pattern, but up close, it contains all the answers for the test. What teacher would think to look?
29) Well, why wouldn’t you?
Pens and mechanical pencils are some of the best tools students use for cheating. They can easily smuggle small pieces of paper inside, and few teachers will look twice at them.
30) Simple and straightforward
This student not only had a cheating method, but also an excuse for it if they got caught. While there’s no telling whether the teacher would buy it, they probably couldn’t give them a zero if they had a solid excuse.
31) Now that’s global teamwork
Most students don’t have the opportunity to rely on classmates in other time zones. But these ones did, and they bonded together as only students can. The only ones who didn’t benefit were their future patients.
32) What beautiful nails you have
Students have found some amazingly creative ways to use fingernail art to cheat. In this instance, one student hid notes under their acrylic nails, which they could access when the teacher’s back was turned.
33) A phone is technically a calculator
Call it cheating if you want, but I maintain that a cell phone is a type of calculator. Or at least, that’s what this student could argue if he was caught. I doubt they’d accept that, though.
34) He didn’t plan on their anticipation
One thing that catches many teachers by surprise? Their students’ ability to get ahead of them with technology. This teacher sabotaged himself, even though he didn’t know it.
35) When the teacher can’t decide whether they should be angry or impressed
Teachers know tests are important, but they also look for marks of creativity and self-reliance in their students. It’s no wonder they were reluctantly impressed.
36) Hiding in plain sight
These students learned the value of hiding in plain sight. It’s so obvious the teacher will look right through it. It takes some guts to tape a cheat sheet to the back of a chair though.
37) Foiled by a small detail
This just goes to show how little the student understood the coursework. That might not have been his fault completely. But it did foil his plan in the end.