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My name is Spencer. I'm 23 years old, and I'm a junior at Princeton. So far college has taken me five years. I've taken time off to work, transferred to USC and come back, and learned a lot along the way.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Test Banks - Cheating or lazy teachers?

For those of you who are not aware, there are many fraternities and other groups at many universities that keep records and answer keys for old exams through a whole gamut of different subjects (just Google test banks and you'll find a wealth of information). In fact, I've seen advertisements around campus for "study guides" to certain classes exams (ie there is a community of people who sell old exams and answers to students for certain classes).

Although quite a smart idea for help with studying (as old exam questions most likely reflect the difficulty and type of questions that one would be asked), there are many times when teacher will reuse questions or even whole tests.

This, in my mind, undoubtedly presents a problem. Is it considered cheating if these resources are only available to a select group of students? Or if students are buying the material? Or is it the teacher's fault for reusing material?

There was a forum entry about it in College Confidential if you want to look more into other people's opinions on it.

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