Study: 94% of cheaters using AI-written college exams got away with it
ยท Jul 9, 2024 ยท

In a twist that's both fascinating and concerning, artificial intelligence is not only acing college exams but also outperforming human students, according to a study from the University of Reading.

Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study conducted a modern-day "Turing test" by submitting AI-generated exam answers alongside those from real students in five undergraduate psychology modules. The results were astonishing: 94% of the AI-crafted submissions went undetected by examiners, despite being entirely AI-generated without any human modification.

Not only did these AI submissions pass unnoticed, but they also consistently outperformed their human counterparts. On average, AI-generated answers scored half a grade boundary higher than those of real students. In some cases, the AI advantage was nearly a full grade boundary, with AI responses achieving first-class honors while human students lagged behind.

This discovery raises critical questions about the future of education and assessment. As AI tools like ChatGPT become more advanced and accessible, universities face the challenge of ensuring the integrity of their exams and the value of their degrees. The study suggests that current methods of detecting AI-generated content are woefully inadequate, leaving educational institutions vulnerable to a new form of high-tech cheating.

Peter Scarfe, an associate professor at Reading's School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, underscores the significance: "Our research shows it is of international importance to understand how AI will affect the integrity of educational assessments."

Etienne Roesch, a professor at Reading's School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, adds, "We need to agree on how we expect students to use and acknowledge the role of AI in their work. This is crucial to prevent a crisis of trust across society."

... Okay, now it's time for me to unplug you from the Matrix.

The paragraphs above were all written by ChatGPT, and I bet you didn't think twice.

The fact is that AI is creating a new Wild West in the world of education, and we simply do not have the tools needed to combat the use of these tools to cheat the system and make educational credentials worthless (in some cases, even more worthless!).

But one thing is for sure: We know for a fact that Karine Jean-Pierre isn't using ChatGPT to prepare her press briefings!

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