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More Cheating Than Ever in 2021 Academic and Professional Exams


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The findings approximate what happened in 2021 proctored exams, remote exams, and assessments, and how it changed from 2020.

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Academic and professional exam test-takers nationwide cheated more in 2021 than ever before, according to a report by Meazure Learning.

Integrity in remote testing took a major hit during the pandemic, according to "The 2021 Exam Conduct and Integrity Report," based on an analysis of nearly three million exam sessions administered by ProctorU, Meazure Learning's online exam service.

More than two-thirds of testers began exam sessions in 2021 with "unpermitted resources" — items such as cellphones, notes, or books not allowed by exam rules. More than a quarter of remote exams required "active interventions" by proctors to clarify or enforce rules or disrupt potential misconduct.

More than six percent of proctored exams contain evidence of attempted or actual cheating — an historic high. "Incidents of what we would call provable cheating is obscenely high," says Ashley Norris, chief compliance officer at Meazure Learning. "That's a significant problem."

From Meazure Learning
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