Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 151–170 | Cite as

Cheating on Exams in the Iranian EFL Context



The present study aimed at investigating the status of cheating on exams in the Iranian EFL context. One hundred thirty two university students were surveyed to this end. They were selected through convenient sampling. The results indicated that cheating is quite common among the Iranian language students. The most important reasons for this behavior were found to be “not being ready for the exam”, “difficulty of the exam”, “lack of time to study” and “careless and lenient instructors”. The study also indicated that the most common methods of cheating are “talking to the adjacent individuals”, “copying from others' test papers”, and “using gestures to get the answers from others”. It was also found that the student’s field of study, academic level, and occupational status had a significant effect on cheating whereas gender and marital status had no effect in this regard. Furthermore, it became clear that field of study and occupational status had a significant effect on students’ attitude toward cheating whereas gender, academic level and marital status had no effect. Finally, the study indicated that age significantly correlated with cheating and attitude toward cheating.


Cheating Iranian language learners Gender Academic level Marital status Occupational status Age 


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  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and LinguisticsFaculty of Literature and Humanities, Shiraz UniversityShirazIran

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