Saturday, April 12, 2008

Emergency Examination Helpline

Right. So this is turning out to be my second consecutive post about cheating. But I'm doing it on popular demand. So, not guilty, your honor.


Actually, the day before yesterday I met New Age Scheherzade for the first time, and she asked me for some tips about cheating in exams (hehe, sorry Anasua, it's good to be brutally honest sometimes). So I told her to keep an eye on my blog. Here it is, for all you prospective cheats out there! (By the way, New Age Scheherzade was only joking, for the slow on the uptake among you. She doesn't need to resort to other means. In fact, since she's going to Princeton, I have no idea why she is sitting for the IITs anyway)

Math
Cheating in math is the easiest. Use your resources wisely. Wear spectacles to the examination hall that magnify your eyes around 3 times (6 if you want to go for the Grand Effect). What that effectively does is convince the examiner/invigilator that you are a total geek who doesn't know how to cheat. And couldn't care less. Take your TI 83 or TI 84 or TI 89 or Casio (whatever) to the examination hall. If they aren't allowed (haha IIT!), smuggle them in. Use your socks or sleeves. It's the same thing with cards, really. If all else fails, check my last post and pick up tips from Alex. When you are sitting down in the examination hall, look around for the geek nearest to you who is SURE to know the answers (if that geek happens to be you, don't bother reading the rest of this post). Calculate the shortest
effective distance between your center of mass and the geek's.

Definition: Effective Distance
Effective distance between two points is measured as any distance joining the two points which is traversed by any real object if it is to be passed between the two points. This is not necessarily the straight line joining the two points; that happens only in an ideal situation. Practically, the shortest distance between two points and the shortest effective distance between the same two points in vacuum at 298 K and 1 atmospheric pressure are related by the approximate empirical formula k = (χZ0/ε + 6.1P) l

where χ is the Euler characteristic, Z0 is the characteristic impedance of vacuum and ε is the dielectric permittivity. The quantities k and l are the effective distance and actual distance respectively, and P, known as Sengupta's Constant, is a singularly revolutionary constant related to something impossibly important in physics.

Once you figure out the effective distance, use it to your advantage. Write your answers on your calculator and pass it by means of the shortest effective distance to the geek in question. Attract his attention. Ask him to approve of your answers, and tell you which ones are wrong. If possible, agree on a code beforehand. Morse code works amazingly well if the examination is composed of multiple choice questions. If a lot of theoretical blabbering is involved, resort to other codes. Bribe the geek well. Chocolates always help. Geeks are also bribed by math books, hacking software, and girls, in no particular order.

You can also cheat at math using small pieces of paper. Microfilm works amazingly. If you aren't comfortable with that sort of thing, write all relevant formulas on a piece of paper in the smallest possible handwriting. Hide it in a strategic place. How strategic is up to you.

Physics
Physics is not a subject where it is easy to cheat. You have to study for that one, sorry. The microfilm approach works, I admit. But not as effectively as math. If possible, smuggle in a laptop with ethernet connection and use it surreptitiously. Distract the examiner. Be creative. I always like my own style. I point at something irrelevant and scream on top of my voice "RATTLESNAKE!!!!" (there are no rattlesnakes in India by the way). In nine cases out of ten, the examiner starts and looks towards where you are pointing. He or she then proceeds to check all over for anything resembling a rattlesnake. Once he or she is satisfied that there is NO rattlesnake involved (which will not take time if this is a biology teacher we are talking about who is acquainted with India's fauna), you are in trouble. But it gives you ample time to whip out your laptop, and search google for whatever it is you are writing the answer to. Be discreet though.

Chemistry
The only thing I can suggest about this examination is - don't. Turn. Up. I have no clue about chemistry. I always get screwed during chemistry examinations. I'm no authority. Sorry.

More coming up about general cheating procedures or ways to do better at exams. If you need quick tips right now, check out this amazing entry by Anasua - here. It appears that she knows a bit about the trade too!


To all of you who are sitting for their IITJEE today, all the best. You guys will do just fine. To those of you who aren't sitting for your IITJEE today, you wasted five minutes of your life reading this post. Go find something better to do. And the fact that this is my second consecutive post about cheating should not be misinterpreted as a decline in my ethical values. I am still as honest as ever. More or less.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

RATTLESNAKE ROFLMAO! funny as ever dude.

Tanmay said...

I wish... I WISH I'd seen this before my JEE. :( Too late. hahaha

But it's ok, I'll use these at MIT. :D

chris said...

okay - that was one of your best yet :D

SPIRITed! said...

Or you could just study for IIT-JEE.Hold on,I take that back,cheating is any day better than studying for joints.

Anonymous said...

:-) good post. thank you!

L'Anion said...

OR..
we shud think up a way to smuggle rik into the exam hall..
give him 3 hrs to calculate the effective distance..
and then do well in paper-2!!
lol..nice post rik..another cult in the making?

Ashwath Rabindranath said...

Dude - that was hilarious :)

Aditi said...

priceless :)
"Chocolates always help. Geeks are also bribed by math books, hacking software, and girls, in no particular order."
you seem to know a wee bit about this stuff , eh?

Shruthi said...

Rik, seriously. For once, I actually dont have anything to say :D :D

Effective distance? ROFL :D

new age scheherazade said...

God. You managed to insult my morals AND slip in a 'of course she's going to pinceton' in the same post? you're brilliant.
two other things:

1. The order is: Girls, Math Books, then Hacking Software. (I've got the girl and the math books, hacking software's way too expensive.)

2. You omitted the value of Sengupta's Constant. It's 420 (upto three significant figures, which is all it's got.)

Shruthi said...

@Anasua: ROFL :D Sengupta's constant? :D :D

Anonymous said...

why no new blog posts?

Shruthi said...

Perhaps because he isnt in town....

Rik, its been too long!! :D

Anonymous said...

From April, the 12th? Huh?

Shruthi said...

Not from the 12th.. Maybe he was busy till he left for the camp....
I just know that he's in Mumbai for the IMOTC... I think it started on the 6th of May...

Wendy said...

RATTLESNAKEEEE :)

surya said...

u shud hav taught me dese tricks at skul itself... :P i wil make sure i use dem in my upcuming exams... cheers...

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