Cheating Is No Longer Child's Play

Jobseekers flock to web for answers to professional exams
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2007 8:24 PM CST
In San Diego, city employees allegedly used answer keys to cheat on a Department of Homeland Security exam, triggering a DHS probe, the Boston Globe reports.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Crib sheets have gone high-tech, the Boston Globe reports, as legions of job seekers from would-be medical technicians to school bus drivers resort to the Web for a leg-up in passing professional qualifying exams. The result is a booming black market for “braindumps,” or exam answers. Some are individuals who auction test answers on sites like eBay; others are overseas websites that do millions in business.

Officials estimate that, a site owned by a car enthusiast in Pakistan that specializes in technology exams, sells about 146,000 sets of answers for about $10 million a year, the Globe reports. Specialists gripe that the government isn’t doing enough, and that the honor system doesn't work any more. “Cheating is much more acceptable,” said one test administrator.