What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Valentine’s Day is today, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about love. Actually I want to talk about cheating.  We’ve all been there: you’ve been in a long term relationship and it seems that lately you’ve been feeling that something is a bit off. You wonder if maybe your significant other is up to something with someone else. Well, as it turns out, preventing cheating in relationships isn’t all that different from preventing cheating in tests. Here are three things to do to prevent cheating–in the bedroom and the classroom.

1. Establish Boundaries

If you want to make sure you’re not being played, you have to set the rules. What sorts of things make you uncomfortable? What sorts of things are deal-breakers? You have to set your boundaries and make them known.

Not surprisingly, the same principle applies in the world of testing. If you don’t firmly establish the rules and make sure test takers  are completely aware of them, you can be sure to expect that they will take whatever liberties they can to get a better score. Like all sorts of success, test integrity is more achievable when it’s measured.

2. Commitment

After you’ve made sure your partner knows the rules, you have to make sure they commit to them. Partners are less likely to cheat when they have made a specific, verbal agreement not to.

Commitment can also play a big role in test security. Once the rules are laid out, having test takers make commitments to keep the rules has been shown to decrease cheating.

3. Investigate

If you suspect your partner may be cheating on you and lying about it, it’s always good to keep your eyes peeled for red flags. Does he hide his phone from you? Does she get upset if you surprise her at work? Pay attention to key indicators that should put you on red alert.

Likewise, in order to prevent and stop test cheaters, they have to be monitored. If no one is patrolling the web on the search for red flags, the chances of those cheaters taking advantage increases tremendously.

And there you have it. Follow these three rules and you’ll be well on your way to preventing cheating–academicly or romanticly.


Christie Zervos

Director of Operations, Caveon Test Security

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