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Texting During Tests!

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Specializes in LTC, Rehab, Peds. Has 1 years experience.

Wow! I'm about to finish my first term in the LPN program I attend. As my class was about to take our final for A&P 1 our DON came into the room and said our teacher was at a training class and she was going to proctor the test. It was fine with me, but then she said there had been some texting during tests and requested all cell phones to be on the desk where she could see them. The cell phone thing is fine with me too, but I was shocked to hear that some of my classmates were cheating. I was pretty mad to think that I was studying my butt off and they (whoever it was) was taking the easy way out. I never saw anyone cheat, but then again, I'm totally focused during an exam and probably wouldn't notice an elephant walking into the room;)

Anyone experience this in their program?

It was apparently an issue at my school last year because they started requiring all backpacks, hats, phones, etc to be kept at the front of the room during tests...this was in my A&P class.

I took my first test today, we were asked to leave our backpacks in the car or along the side of the room. We were allowed a pencil and a pen at our desk. If a cell phone was seen or heard, they would immediately take up the test and give a zero.

racefan88

Specializes in LTC, Rehab, Peds. Has 1 years experience.

I hope it doesn't come to that. Hopefully, they got the message from the DON and that will be the end of it. On a good note, I start my next term on Monday. That's 1 down! :yeah:

Awesome!! Good luck!!

Boog'sCRRN246, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management. Has 9 years experience.

We're not even allowed to bring our own pen/pencil to an exam anymore and our belongings have to be left in our cars. Apparently, there is a pen/pencil on the market that is capable of taking pictures and someone did this during an exam and leaked questions to the other section of our class taking the exam later that day. It's amazing what desperation will lead to.

Wow, now that's taking it a bit far!! Who would risk their education on helping someone else do better on an exam?

Boog'sCRRN246, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management. Has 9 years experience.

"Who would risk their education on helping someone else do better on an exam?"

Idiots, that's who. I've never understood why people do that.

there are 31 students in my class and I'd say that well over half have their cell phones either in their hands or on their desks at all times. they text constantly throughout the day, and/or get up and walk out of class to answer their phone.

you can hear the buzzzz, buzzzz, buzzzz of phones going off constantly, or worse yet, sometimes folks forget to turn the ringer off and the phone will ring.

one of the instructors did mention that there had been some cheating but did not say if it was due to cell phones.

Roxyann57

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 4 years experience.

Same thing happened in my program. Students complained one day that they saw two other students with there books open under the desk, writing answers on there hands, and also texting. My opinion is that if you cheat your way through nursing have fun on the nclex!!

racefan88

Specializes in LTC, Rehab, Peds. Has 1 years experience.

Thanks dee78!:)

I've already witnessed some "peeking" going on in my classes during tests. I was rather amused to find out one of them that decided to copy answers from another student got them all wrong as they copied them incorrectly....that whole kharma thing!

Hard work pays off & is so much more rewarding!

yooperPN

Specializes in LTC. Has 1 years experience.

I heard about someone picking up their cell phone during a test in another group and they got a big fat 0 on that test. I guess they weren't cheating, but I still wouldn't touch my cell phone or anything else for that matter, if I were taking a test!

In my nursing school group, we had a student last semester that would always get up DURING the test and go to the bathroom. It became such a problem because it was every test! So, we now have adopted the policy to go to the bathroom before the test, and if you have to get up during the test for any reason, be prepared to hand it in at that time for scoring. It's sad that it's gotten that way, but it seems to be common sense to be respectful of the other students in class during test time.

My school makes you either leave your phone in your car during a test, or put it on the desk in the front of the room. If it goes off during an exam (ringing or text) you get a 0, its happened to a few in my class. You can leave your class to answer your phone and your supposed to keep it silent. As far as texting and such during class, we all do it. CLASS IS SO BORING! I sit there all day and play on my iphone for 6 hours. The instructors don't take notice, they probably figure I'm reading. Ha

As far as texting and such during class, we all do it. CLASS IS SO BORING! I sit there all day and play on my iphone for 6 hours. The instructors don't take notice, they probably figure I'm reading. Ha

That in itself is a whole different issue. You may want to read your handbook & see what happens if you get caught doing that. Class is a time for learning....at least for me...I guess I'm a nerd who wants to learn every bit of information I can :) I've accepted my nerdiness lol.

Mmmmm we get our phones taken away...its beyond dumb, and we get them back at the end of the day. Its almost been an entire year, I've yet to see an instructor take a phone away. Classroom is a time for learning, how every my teachers don't teach, yet they read right from the book. The same stuff I read and highlighted the night before. Its enough to bore the biggest nerd and put them to sleep.

That sucks! I guess I will count my blessing for my teachers!!!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

I completed an LPN/LVN program in 2005.

Back then, cell phones were absolutely not allowed during tests because it was discovered that students were texting answers. During our tests, our cell phones were to remain in our purses, backpacks, vehicles, or someplace other than the classroom.

I am surprised that any nursing program in the U.S. is still allowing cellphones in the classroom during a test in the year 2010.

racefan88

Specializes in LTC, Rehab, Peds. Has 1 years experience.

Cell phones are allowed because all students are not 18 without a care in the world. Many of us are older with husbands and children and obligations that still have to be met. We can't just stop the world to go to school.

That being said, I have no problem, whatsoever, with my instructor who requires cell phones to be placed on HER desk during exams. I also agree that class time is not a time to be playing on one's cell. They should be silenced and out of sight in your bag or purse. But having my cell there to check on things during breaks and lunch is essential for peace of mind.

Back when we had no cell phones, we still had cheaters. Unfortunately, we always will. I just hope that some day it will come back and take a firm bite out of their backsides :yeah: