2 months ago
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I got caught cheating today... Am I done for?

I accidentally cheated on my Spanish unit exam today because I misunderstood the teacher and received a 0 on the exam. I know that top tier schools heavily frown upon cheating. I fear this 0 is also going to ruin my GPA. This is the first time I've been caught cheating and will be the only time I ever do. I really didn't mean to cheat, but I did nonetheless. Will I automatically be rejected from top universities? Am I ruined?

@Jael_S2382 months ago

Have you talked with the teacher or school adminstration about the misunderstanding? Do they know you did not mean to cheat?

@Jael_S2382 months ago

Sorry, I only ask those questions to help you specifically. If it shows up on your record, many colleges have a section in the application where applicants can explain any disciplinary actions or unusual circumstances. It's not a good idea to blame your teacher but honestly state facts. You misunderstood, you learned your lesson, and you will never do it again.

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2 months ago[edited]

First off you’re not ruined. You can’t unring a bell. This is a learning opportunity. I would speak with the teacher and explain the situation. I actually cheated a few times myself and got caught once. It was in physics. I actually never had a chance to finish the exam. Heartbroken, and I spoke with my pa about it. I spoke with the professor one on one, told him I was insecure, and not using the best judgment. I learned a valuable lesson and asked him please may I take the test. I understand what I did was wrong and I give you my word that will never do this in any class. He took 20 points off the top and allowed me to take the test. I think he knew that I was scared and sincere. Speaking from your heart goes a long way and showing remorse goes much further. If you misunderstood and it’s plausible, the teacher could very well understand. Personally, I would go that route. It’s really a damage control situation. Also try to find out if this will go on your permanent record. Regardless you’re not ruined. I am sure you are a smart kid who misunderstood something and need to make it right.

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