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University entrance exam question may have been leaked during testing

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Hold the phone! This is earth-shattering news!

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This is strange! The students can not have their phones on them during the test. This means the question must have been leaked before the test, but the article states they reviewed it after the test. It reads like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces.

By the way, is ‘civics’ an actual subject?

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Easy. Omit that one and calculate the passing points percentage based on the remaining tasks. So they need even slightly more effort to reach the goal line. The ones who know everything aren’t even affected by this, but those who don’t and need to cheat.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

that's an idea Sven, but who's to say that only 1 question was leaked?? There could easily be others too....

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prompting police to investigate the incident as a case of suspected cheating

Waste of police power and taxpayers' money.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

This is strange! The students can not have their phones on them during the test.

They're not allowed to have them, but one student likely sneaked something in. But receiving the answer during the test would be tricky (toilet break?).

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Who cares? Some of these students have never worked a day in their lives and have no idea how to cope with failure.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Good to know the police are pursuing this leaked national security breach!

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

If Japan's student rote-memory system was beaten by some kid way smarter than the test makers, issuers, and proctors, as well as the government, then I say they automatically pass and get a good job.

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The incident came to light after a man who identified himself as a University of Tokyo student notified exam authorities that he had received the image of the question on a world history test via the Skype internet telephony app when the examination took place on Jan 15, the sources said.

What a little snitch. Snitches get stitches.

Why are the police even involved? This is not a life or death issue. Just subtract the point(s) from the question that was leaked.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Anyone smart enough to use a phone or camera glasses linked to his Apple watch or whatever, is probably smart enough to pass the test in the first place. I say pass him anyway. (I'm sure it is a guy.)

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Who cares? Some of these students have never worked a day in their lives and have no idea how to cope with failure.

Nothing like hearing from the embittered voice of the "university of life".

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that's an idea Sven, but who's to say that only 1 question was leaked?? There could easily be others too...

You probably have to assume that the entire test was compromised and leaked prior to the students sitting it. Tricky thing is to work out which students, if any, benefited.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

A total of 417,259 people took the geography, history and civics test, accounting for 78.7 percent of the exam applicants.

That's a lot of people applying to Tokyo University. They mint money from those exam fees.

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WOW the question in question was "Who's buried in Grants Tomb"? and the testing committee goes nuts!!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

What's the difference?

They are gonna alter test scores anyway after payoffs are made.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

So sad and disappointed!! My son took this exam and he really studied very hard. If the exam questions really leaked, it would be so unfair. I hope the exam committee will act quickly and take necessary actions to ensure all students are treated fairly!!

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Gee, man. This ain't the first time it's occurred. HS, college - people do this.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I don’t understand thte need for police though. People cheat in exams. It’s not a crime.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I never cheated on a test, I remember a girl, gave me the answer to a test in jr high,

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Japanese universities function completely where OB’s (Old Boys) give the questions and answers to tests to their “juniors” in exchange for them being quasi slaves and running errands for them. The tests never change.

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I don’t understand thte need for police though. People cheat in exams. It’s not a crime.

It is for entrance exams. The specific law it falls under depends on the type of cheating, but it can be for example under article 233 of the penal code, or for example obstructing business, or under article 197 for bribery. If you can read Japanese, there's a pretty long write-up about it from a lawyer here: https://passing-notes.com/column/201969/

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What's the difference?

They are gonna alter test scores anyway after payoffs are made.

Which is also a crime.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Who or what professor uploaded the test in the first place? In these days of cyber information and hackers, there's going to be leaks.

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YrralToday  03:37 am JST

I never cheated on a test, I remember a girl, gave me the answer to a test in jr high,

I never used Cliff Notes in school but I know several who did. what good they do, I dunno.

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Who would have time to copy questions and wait for answers during the live exam?

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"prompting police to investigate"

Police!? is this a criminal matter? or just a civil one?

So I guess cheating in class is a criminal matter these days, what would happen to the 70% plus that cheated all these years.

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