Quote from nytia
Cheating is defined as writing down answers to questions that don't belong to u. Notching a pencil, in my opinion goes along with part of the learning process. Call it what you want. As stated, I took the test twice prior to passing.
I don't think cheating has such a narrow definition. Under that rigid of a definition, writing down formulas on your hand would be perfectly acceptable since they didn't involve answers that didn't "belong to you". The questions that ask for answers, as they relate to measuring distance, were intended to determine if the student could accurately assess relationships pertaining to distance. If you have a notched pencil, you are not assessing the relationship, you are in fact knowing the relationship because of your use of a home made ruler. If notching a pencil were a part of the learning process:
a. You would not have had the desire to hide it.
b. The test proctors would have given out rulers.
I'm sorry, I did not mean to hijack your thread. I realize this is off topic for the subject at hand. I also do not mean to offend you. What you said caught my eye and I responded. I think it's an interesting issue (cheating and its various forms as they relate to personal ethics) but perhaps this is not the correct forum to debate it. I certainly did not mean to make this a personal attack, but I would like to say that I do not think it is appropriate to give a test taker the advice that you gave, because it clearly is cheating. I personally would not want to have anyone on my healthcare team who cheated to pass their entrance exam.