Many cheaters overly confident about academic ability, study finds

April 15, 2011

New studies from the US observe that a majority of students cheat, and those who do often have inflated expectations of how they can perform without the opportunity for academic misconduct. In a survey of 40,000 students at public and private high schools, 59.4% of respondents admitted to cheating on a test, and a third said they had cheated on a test twice or more in the past year. In another study, students who were given the opportunity to cheat on a test predicted they would perform just as well on a second test when they did not have the chance to cheat. The results suggest some cheaters set themselves up to fall behind academically after becoming overly optimistic about their abilities. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)