Thirty-eight percent of undergraduate students surveyed last year said they had engaged in “cut-and-paste” plagiarism from the Internet in the previous year, according to a national study led by expert Donald McCabe of Rutgers University in New Jersey. That was up from 10 percent in a 2001 study.
Twenty-two percent of undergraduates in the 2003 study — the largest survey of its kind — acknowledged serious test cheating, such as copying from another student or using crib notes.
Cheating was most prevalent among business, education and journalism majors. Science majors were the least likely to cheat.
The touch-screen technology eliminates cheating because the questions on the Mississippi driver-license general knowledge test are randomly chosen from a database of more than 600 questions. This process prevents any two applicants from receiving the same test.
In the past, the state used a few paper-and-pencil exams over and over; most would-be drivers got copies of all the tests before taking the exam.