Is using test banks to help with studying cheating

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It depends. Are the test questions coming directly from that test bank? How did you get access to it? Did your teacher specifically say not to use them?

Typically, no, it's not cheating. If that was the case, every single practice test in existence would be cheating. There's a grey area where it can be considered dishonesty, though, through the exact agreements with textbook publishers. You do technically agree to their rules when you use their textbooks and resources, and a lot limit those banks to just the teachers, but there's also a lot of others that you're given access to literally every one of those questions through their practice tests and quizzes, or written directly into the book, and the bank is just all of them compiled into one place for the teacher.