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High levels of cheating found in tertiary students

Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide. Students hear a lecture at the Johann Wolfang Goethe-University on Oct. 13, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

A survey of more than 15,000 students at Australian universities and tertiary colleges has found that 6 per cent were involved in “serious cheating” behaviours, such as paying for essay-writing services.

International students had one of the highest cheating rates, accounting for 15 per cent of survey participants but 33 per cent of those who admitted to cheating.

The survey also found high levels of cheating at pathway colleges that provide academic preparation for students to gain entry to university courses.

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