Written By: Dennis Maynes, Chief Scientist, Caveon Test Security
My boss may be upset with this essay, because if I persuade you to quit cheating on tests Caveon could go out of business in the same way that we would have less need for police if crooks would quit law-breaking. But, I suspect many of you that cheat will keep at it, despite anything I say. For those of you who have cheated, but are willing to consider changing, here are ten reasons why you should stop cheating on tests and in other areas in your life.
Number 1. (Unpopularity) People might not like you anymore. Cheating is very anti-social and people, especially successful ones, don’t care to associate with cheating or cheaters.
Number 2. (Disrespect) You might get a bad reputation. When others hear about your cheating, their opinion of you will go down. Not only that, when you apply for a job and the hiring manager asks about your work ethic, you probably will not like the information that is passed along by those who know you.
Number 3. (Addiction) You might not be able to quit cheating easily. The thought of doing it “just this once because I have to” can become an ingrained habit. Just like gambling, infidelity, stealing, and lying, cheating can be compulsive and even addictive. When this happens, research suggests that you will start cheating in other areas of your life.
Number 4. (Failure) Your laziness might contribute to your failure. Success takes hard work, persistence, dedication, diligence, and willingness to sacrifice. Cheating and trying to find the easy way out just don’t help you learn and develop these traits. If you persist in laziness (and cheating) you will continue to find it hard to attain your goals.
Number 5. (Unemployment) You might not be able to keep a job. Your boss won’t appreciate someone with a poor work ethic who takes credit for the work of others. Your coworkers won’t appreciate the lack of respect that cheating reflects. And, you might have cheated yourself out of gaining the knowledge that is required to perform well on your job.
Number 6. (Unpleasant Consequences) You might face some tough discipline. Current trends suggest that members of “the establishment” (i.e., those who are in charge of making things happen) are getting fed up with cheating. Lawmakers are passing tougher anti-cheating laws. College admissions officers are being informed whether you cheated. And, you might be blacklisted from the profession of your choice, because you were caught cheating.
Number 7. (Loss of Perspective) You might lose perspective as to what is acceptable behavior. When you cheat, you show a blatant disregard for others. It’s not acceptable to cut in line. It’s not acceptable to lie. And, it’s not acceptable to accept a grade or promotion that was gained through cheating and not an honest effort.
Number 8. (Becoming a Major Liar) Your cheating may require you to lie and steal. In other words, to cover up your cheating you may find it necessary to come up with a story, which isn’t true. The problem with lying is that you can never keep your story straight, because it never happened. This can lead to being trapped by a web of lies.
Number 9. (Loss of Self Respect) You might lose self-respect. If you have enough bad experiences as a result of your cheating, you might realize that you have brought these things upon yourself by willful and wanton behavior. In this situation, when you awake to your awful situation you will see that you are a chump and not a champ.
Number 10. (Embarrassment) Cheating is a reflection of who you are and who you want to be. Cheating is a tacit admission of incompetence, laziness, selfishness, arrogance, and disrespect. If you want to see yourself as others see you and as you really are, you should admit that your cheating has hurt others, including yourself and those who care about you. And, then you should change your cheating ways.