Cambridge students and social media
Rules for Cambridge international examinations
A notice to candidates is displayed inside and at the entrance to all rooms where examinations are held. The notice states clearly that if students cheat, try to use unfair practice, or break the rules of the examination through malpractice, they may be disqualified from all their subjects and their results withheld.
Against the rules
The following activities are against the rules. Candidates who are caught doing any of these things, risk losing their qualifications and being barred from examinations for five years.
- Obtaining unauthorised access to examination material, including examination papers
- Bringing unauthorised material into the examination room
- Using a calculator when this is forbidden
- Collusion or attempted collusion with other people during the exam
- Copying from another student
- Pretending to be another student
Any attempt to reveal the content of exams outside the examination room for 24 hours after sitting the examination
The same rules apply when students are online. Anyone asking for, or providing, information about exam papers within 24 hours of sitting the exam is cheating.
During the examination session, it is best to avoid discussing exams at all on social networking sites – especially before, or on the day of your exam.
You could be getting yourself or other students into trouble. It is also wise to treat what you read online with suspicion – ninetynine per cent of speculation about examinations online is wrong, or deliberately misleading. Ask yourself what someone has to gain by telling you about things that might be coming up in an exam. Are they hoping to make you do worse in your exam by giving you false information?
Be safe online
We want students to enjoy their experiences while online and to be safe. Don’t forget to take the usual security precautions; be very careful about revealing personal information and only visit websites you know are secure.