Oh, the lengths we went to to cheat in exams! More planning went into making cheat sheets than revising teacher’s notes. Of course, we got caught, but that never deterred us from continuing our ways because passing a paper was more important than getting good grades.
Brace yourself as we take a walk down memory lane and rake up every possible hack we used to cheat our way through an exam.
1. Writing notes on the inside of a pencil box
This one was a favourite, but also tricky. Writing notes with a pencil so that these could be erased after an exam was not an easy business. Especially with the subsequent squinting of our eyes to decipher our own teeny-tiny writing in the exam hall!
2. Writing notes on our wrists
It worked wonders during winter exams. We could easily hide the notes under layers of clothing and read them behind the invigilator’s back. And since pencils couldn’t work, scrubbing the ink after an exam became quite a challenge.
3. Stuffing cheat notes in shoes
Converse once came out with a shoe range that came with tiny pockets on the sides. And an opportunity for us to hide small pieces of cheat notes inside them. Maybe Converse caught on to us because the hack died a painful death.
4. Using erasers as cheat sheets
Hours were spent packing answers and formulae on erasers. However, it came with add-on practise of continually flipping the eraser in the exam hall lest the teacher saw the cheater in us! Big erasers with covers worked the best.
5. Sentencing a junior to the washroom with notes in hand
Poor guy. There was always one bakra form the junior batch who would be tasked with rapid firing answers to us on our pee breaks. And since only one or two such trips were allowed by the teachers, the guy would literally be peeing his pants by the time we were done with him!
7. Hiding textbooks in the washroom
Dog-earing specific pages in our textbooks and hiding them behind the toilet seat was quite rampant. But remembering the right stall with the right textbook was not as much fun, especially when the entire school was writing exams and hiding books like it was treasure hunt.
8. Sneaking in exam sheets with cheat notes
It was a mean task to snuggle out extra exam sheets to snuggle them back in on a different test. And only one rule applied to make this hack work – carrying the same pen into the exam hall that we used to fill the cheat sheets.
9. Writing notes on the inside of a water bottle label
And sticking it back on! This was such a sick hack – no teacher ever checked the back of a water bottle label. All we had to do was to keep the bottle half empty to be able to see through the plastic as we rolled the bottle in our hands.
10. Hollowing out pens to hide cheat notes
This worked best with bigger pens that could hold our secret rolls of paper. Opening and dismantling the pens in an exam room was tricky, yes, but us pretending to be in deep thought, while our fingers worked seamlessly always fooled the teachers.
11. Using invisible ink
Some of us went to greater lengths as our cheating progressed. Because using invisible ink meant carrying a UV pen and actually using it in full view of the invigilators. But we tried and succeeded as pros do, you know.
These hacks are in no way an encouragement for you to cheat in exams. Even though they are tried and tested. *winks*
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