Now Reading
94 Percent of College Exams Written By A.I. Go Undetected

94 Percent of College Exams Written By A.I. Go Undetected

We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect CheatGPT to be here so soon.

A new study from the University of Reading discovered that artificial intelligence can not only pass college exams but often outshines real students, remaining virtually undetected in the process.

Described as a real-world “Turing test,” the study involved submitting AI-generated exam answers alongside those of real students across five undergraduate psychology modules. An overwhelming 94% of the AI-written submissions went undetected by examiners, despite being entirely produced by an AI system without any human intervention.

But that wasn’t the only eye-opening part of the study. Not only did the AI submissions blend in seamlessly, but they also consistently outperformed their human counterparts. On average, the AI-generated answers scored half a grade letter higher than those of real students. In some instances, the AI advantage approached a full grade boundary, with AI submissions achieving first-class honors while human students lagged behind.

The study’s findings also suggest that current methods of detecting AI-generated content are becoming more and more inadequate, leaving educational institutions vulnerable to a new form of high-tech cheating.

“Many institutions have moved away from traditional exams to make assessment more inclusive,” said Peter Scarfe, an associate professor at Reading’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. “Our research shows it is of international importance to understand how AI will affect the integrity of educational assessments.”

This raises some tough questions about the future of education and assessment. As AI technologies like ChatGPT become increasingly sophisticated and accessible, how can universities ensure the integrity of their exams and the value of their degrees? And is it morally or ethically wrong to use AI tools to complete assignments?

The internet is already split on the future of AI use in academia.

Some argue that students using AI know what they’re getting in to, and it’s their choice to use it or not.

Others argue that using AI is the same as plagiarism and is wrong to use for assignments.

For now, it seems like AI is here to stay, whether academic professionals or social media users like it.

© 2023 RELEVANT Media Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Scroll To Top

You’re reading our ad-supported experience

For our premium ad-free experience, including exclusive podcasts, issues and more, subscribe to

Plans start as low as $2.50/mo