in your opinion, what action should be taken if it is determined that students cheated on this exam?
exam results raise red flag
unusually high scores on a nursing test first brought joy, then roused spc's suspicion.
by nicole hutcheson
published april 22, 2007
st. petersburg college administrators are investigating what they suspect could be a widespread case of cheating on a nursing exam this month.
administrators said friday they are trying to determine whether students got a copy of the test before it was given. they have not determined what the consequences of any cheating could be.
the test, administered april 9 to 130 students, is given twice a year as a final step before nursing students graduate with an associate's degree.
the state of florida does not require the test, but the college makes students take it before they graduate to help prepare them for the required national licensing exam.
of the students who took the test on april 9, 51 percent scored 90 percent or higher, according to the college. that's nearly three times as many as scored that high previously.
Apr 22, '07
I think they should have to take another version of the test as a "pop quiz", if they are all so smart then they should have no problems with it. I think those results would only help reveal who cheated (like leaving egg on their faces) and who didn't. That's the only problem I have with failing all of them. I'm sure there are those who did not cheat. How about lie detector tests?
Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Apr 22, '07
Apr 22, '07
I know some of these students as they have clinicals on my unit. Many of them didn't realize the "study guide" their peers gave them was the actual test. They thought it was some sort of review taken off the internet, like practice study questions. Many of them DURING THE TEST, walked up to the proctor and said "I've seen these answers before. I need another test.", but were told to continue with the test.
This mess was devasting to many students. Hindsight is 20/20 and it shouldn't have come to this, but I decline to judge harshly each and every one of them, as there are some innocents. In this particular case, the only fair thing to do was to make the entire class.....all 200 of them take it over. Which ultimately is what the school, lawyers in tow, decided. They all took it on Thursday, but unlike the previous test didn't get results instantly.
Last edit by Tweety on Apr 22, '07