I believe we should be allowed to cheat on exams. Why? Because some students will try to cheat whether or not it’s allowed so by not allowing it doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. It is naïve to think that cheating can be stopped or doesn’t happen. Tests are not the best tool to demonstrate a students understanding because they usually only test a students’ memory and not their ability to interpret and apply the subject matter. Tests also make most students nervous and as result they sometimes freeze and forget what they learned even though they understood the material taught during class. Some of these students may be having even studied really hard for these exams but their mark will not reflect their knowledge. In order to cheat effectively, students must make a greater effort to prepare for exams. A student must find ways to cheat and those ways may be more helpful than other study techniques. For example, a student must review all the material to decide what to include and what to omit on their cheat sheet. Less social disapproval coupled with increased competition for admission into universities and graduate schools has made students more willing to do whatever it takes to get an A. In the end, all that really matters anyways is a students’ mark on the exam. Marks determine your final grade and whether you pass or fail and your overall grade point average. No one remembers the content after the exam. No one remembers the exam; all anyone remembers is the mark. Grades, rather than education, have become the major focus of many students. So therefore, cheating is a means to an end or simply put another way to obtain a higher mark because it’s the mark that counts.