Better Believe It......Because They Actually Happen(ed) Collection 4

Students at top university start laughing when they discover answer sheet stapled to exam paper (and invigilator swiftly removed it hoping they hadn't looked)

By Sam Webb

Students at a top university burst out laughing in the middle of an exam when they realised the answers were stapled to their test papers.

The first year exam turned into a shambles after a printing error resulted in the paper’s mark scheme being attached to the back of the questions booklet.

It gave first year students the answers to the complicated test for 40 Electrical and Information Engineering students at Imperial College, London.

Undergraduates say many 'began laughing' during the exam when they realised they had all the answers.

Upon being made aware of a situation, the convenor ran down from his office and, after discovering what had happened, reportedly couldn't help but join in with the laughter.

Full story at Daily Mail Online (June 2014)

Graduation day gets some catwalk glitz

A couple walk the red carpet at Fudan University’s graduation ceremony.

Film stars walk the red carpet. Models strut the catwalk. And now the world of conspicuous glamour has come to academia.

As part of this year’s graduation ceremonies at Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University, 130 seniors and teachers in formal evening attire swanned like celebrities along a long red carpet as cameras flashed from the sidelines. The group, selected by an online vote, followed the carpet to an equally lavish party highlighted by 14 performances of song and dance.

The party on June 24 was a prelude to the more traditional commencement exercises marked by the pomp and ceremony of robes and mortarboards, distinguished speeches, diploma presentation and group photos.

For a second year running, Fudan has added the celebrity-style party to its graduation festivities. This year’s party theme — “Chasing Dreams and Forever Young” — was conceived, designed and executed by students who wanted to celebrate their rite of passage with a bit of glitz.

“The purpose is to add some fun to commencement,” Zhu Yanlei, the event’s organizer, told Shanghai Daily. “Commencement is supposed to be serious, whereas the party is like a carnival where students can really let down their hair and celebrate their four years.”

Full story at (June 2014)

Probe launched after A-level exam paper 'leaked online'

By Graeme Paton

New rules may be introduced to govern practical science exams after part of an A-level test paper was leaked onto a revision website, it has emerged.

The existing three-month “window” handed to schools to complete assessments with Britain’s biggest exam board may be narrowed to avoid future security breaches, it was revealed.

It comes after claims that an AS level biology test taken by more than 20,000 teenagers in 360 schools had been “compromised”.

Under current rules, pupils are supposed to carry out practical experiments under exam conditions and write up their findings, which are then externally assessed by examiners before counting towards final A-level grades.

Schools across the country are given between the start of March and mid-May to complete the paper.

The move is designed to ease the pressure on some schools that may not have sufficient lab space to allow all pupils to take practical exams at the same time.

Full story at The Telegraph (April 2013)

A Chinese guide to exam cheating

By Alessandro Sorrentino

Every year up to nine million Chinese students take their gaokao exam . The exam itself is held once a year and acts as a prerequisite for undergraduate courses in China.

As students finish this year’s exam period China Radio International has reported through Kotaku a number of the weird, wacky and ingenious ways students attempted to cheat the system.

Highlights include one student from Shenyang who used a Google Glass-type homemade camera system. The device would take pictures of the paper and transmit them to a source on the outside.

In Sichuan Province, 40 students have been caught by police trying to use pens (with cameras built in) which would then transmit the exam paper to a source outside, who would then communicate the answer with the student via a built in ear-piece.

Full story at The World of Chinese (June 2014)