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I got caught cheating on a test. What do I do now?

AMGLeagueAMGLeague Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in High School Life
i am a straight A student in his class but he caught me looking up a word that i had to use in an essay. I wouldnt call it a major offense, but i still want him to trust me and understand that i am an honorable person. What can i do? Write a letter explaining the situation and formally apologize through that?
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Replies to: I got caught cheating on a test. What do I do now?

  • haikumarukuchanhaikumarukuchan Registered User Posts: 1,795 Senior Member
    ^ Apologize.
    And take the annulation of your exam like a man.
  • fizix2fizix2 Registered User Posts: 3,570 Senior Member
    letters are formal and don't convey much feeling unless you write them really well. go talk to him contritely and when he sees you hang your head in shame he might believe you. it's easier to hurt a bunch of words than a human being.
  • Gryffon5147Gryffon5147 Registered User Posts: 3,765 Senior Member
    Screw letters... go up to him privately and sincerely apologize.
  • pskatepskate Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
    Were you trying to be sneaky or did you just whip out the dictionary at your desk?

    Either way... I sympathize with you.... I've always been encouraged to use dictionaries during my in-class essays... Hope he understands when you talk to him :(
  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man Registered User Posts: 2,497 Senior Member
    Well did you know that you weren't supposed to use dictionaries? Then go apologize. Don't write a letter. And don't do that again, that was stupid.

    If you didn't know, then surely it can't be cheating, go talk to him about it.
  • BigGBigG Registered User Posts: 3,885 Senior Member
    "Ignorance of the law is no excuse". One can always feign ignorance.

    That being said, apologize, take your zero and learn from the experience.

    Hopefully this will only lower the grade somewhat and not appear on your transcript as a cheating/honor code violation.

    Your teacher's opinion of the magnitude of the offense is all that really matters. I personally do not think this is tantamount to copying another student's work or ,horror of horrors, plagiarism.
  • NJsterlingNJsterling Registered User Posts: 300 Junior Member
    give up, the end is near
  • cejaducegucejaducegu Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Speak to him in person, on his own time. Apologize for the offense and make no excuses.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    "Give up, the end is near"

    It is. Good luck, god almighty is casting an apocalypse on us.
  • blindtrombonistblindtrombonist Registered User Posts: 408 Member
    Just go apologize to him and take a zero on the essay. I'm sure it'll lower your grade, but if you work as hard as you say you do, you can probably even still hold an A
  • yawnyawn . Posts: 2,141 Senior Member
    Lol, a dictionary? I haven't used one of those since pre-Y2K. Sure you couldn't have used a synonym? Did the prompt actually say, "Use this word: _____."? Seems like kind of a silly reason to cheat.
  • EagleSwimmingEagleSwimming Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Just apologize to him in person. I'm sure he realizes that you're a good student but just made a bad mistake. Take the bad grade as I'm sure you can get it back up (this is assuming you're a solid student as you mentioned you usually get an A in that class).
  • mcb52mcb52 Registered User Posts: 1,485 Senior Member
    Were you trying to be sneaky or did you just whip out the dictionary at your desk?
    Yea how do you just look up a word during an exam if you're not supposed to? It's not like you can just pull out a dictionary
  • bluewhitebulldogbluewhitebulldog Registered User Posts: 716 Member
    If you are a straight A student in his class, this might mean you are a little too comfortable in his class and with him. That means you may have thought he would not mind, or just disregarded the instructions.

    Just go and speak to him. No excuses
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