cheating programs on a cell phone

Technology is a wonderful thing but it has changed the landscape for students who want to cheat. While cheating will always be a part of the academic world, the old school and riskier ways of doing so are long gone. Remember straining your eyes to look at a friends test, writing exam answers on your hand, or typing correct responses in tiny font and pasting them to the inside of a Poland Spring water bottle? Not tactics used anymore.

With Smartwatches, homework and translator apps, group chats and the ease of copy, paste and send, technology is making it a lot easier for students to cheat.

According to a survey conducted at Rutgers University, 64% of high school students reported cheating on a test and 95% said they had copied a peer’s homework. Why do kid’s cheat? The two most common responses; pressure, and “everybody else is.”

So parents, here are a few examples of the technology that is making cheating a cinch.


A handy app indeed, it allows the user to either type in a math problem or to scan over one using the phone’s camera and the correct response comes up immediately. It will also teach a student the steps taken to get the correct answer, if they so desire.


This free app first asks the user what grade they are in:

  • Elementary School

  • 7th

  • 8th

  • 9th

  • 10th

  • 11th

  • 12th

  • College

It then allows the user to enter a question or an equation and immediately sends the answer along with the step-by-step solution. yHomework has over 3 million users and boasts its math solving skills are 100% accurate.

Socratic:  This is a pretty amazing little tool. A student can use their smartphone camera to scan over a test or homework question. The app offers explanations, videos, and step-by-step help in Math, History, Science, and English and provides the information requested in just a nanosecond.

Apple Watch:  

Having the ability to sync anything from your other devices onto a smartphone makes cheating super easy. Just download Notes Plus, write your content and then sync. The content will be readily available on your watch. Or, simply take a picture of the information, that too will be readily available on your smartwatch. If a student is worried about getting caught touching their watch during an exam, no worries, there are some smartwatches that can be set to automatically scroll information at any speed desired.

Google Translate, Scan & Translate, SayHi Translate, Translate Photo:

If a high school language class is too tough, just download one of these free apps and you can translate in over 90 different languages. A user can type a word or phrase, screenshot a sentence, or use voice recording to translate.

While many of the homework and tutoring apps available can be used to teach, explain, and reinforce concepts, parents should stay on top of the shortcuts their kids may be taking academically.

Knowing what apps your children are using goes beyond Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. In order to keep your kids on the path you have set for them, stay informed, connected, educated and smart.