Tell me again how this isn’t cheating–?

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If you swipe a copy of the test to study beforehand, that’s cheating. But, during this administration, your mom can do it for you. 

Hannah says that when she failed her driving test, her mother “…put on a disguise of a fake nose and sunglasses and went to the DMV and followed someone taking the driving portion of the test so that she could learn the route, and then we practiced it…I didn’t fail the second time!”

She tells this story to a roomful of her mother’s colleagues in the EPA and one of them says, “For a public official’s daughter to admit that in front of her entire staff? It’s unethical … and then, did she help put someone unsafe on the roads?”

Yup, that’s exactly what she did. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation told the Tribune it had “no opinion” on the ethics of following test takers and wouldn’t require Hannah to take the test again, while EPA spokeswoman said, “I wouldn’t characterize it as cheating.”

Sleep tight, Chicago.

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2 Comments to “Tell me again how this isn’t cheating–?”

  1. I was living on a farm in rural Scotland when I sat my driving test

    the nearby town where I sat my test had one pedestrian crossing, one set of traffic lights, and one small roundabout

    my instructor knew the test route like the back of his hand – there were so few roads it was not difficult – and had me practice it every lesson

    he even had me memorise the number plates if cars parked outside the test centre that the examiner would ask me about when testing my eyesight before starting the driving part of the test

    I passed with flying colours

    but was I cheating to have practiced the test route beforehand and memorised the licence plates of cars parked outside the test centre?


    • Technically, yes, because it doesn’t strengthen your brain to sort skills into unconscious memory, leaving your conscious awareness to handle the unexpected. In other words, you didn’t really learn to drive, you learned the driving course.

      On the other hand, as a rural hillbilly, you weren’t likely to see much more than a cow or sheep or slow drunk pedestrian out there on the moors, so I guess it’s all good.

      What were you driving for the test? I learned in a rusted out old Dodge Dart, circa 1980. More ugly on that car than a Rolling Stones reunion poster.


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