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Old 08-10-2010, 03:33 PM   #81
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((Lol. Devon would more likely try to show up his lessers))

Aruko initially sensed the distress Akierra went through and concluded that it was the language barrier. He would have liked to say a couple of words of encouragement but with the way Cul was marching with other proctors, he decided against it. The best he could do was silently wish her and all his friends good luck.

At 01300, Aruko finally reached the critical essay portion. He had two hours to write on one of two prompter issues. He tapped the send to send the military history portion off to whoever and set down reading the instructions. There were two questions and he only had to pick one.

Consider the Calaurus Prime rebellion of 2197. Do you agree that the Minister of Science acted accordingly in regards to negotiating trade relations with the Calaurians? Why or why not? Use evidence to support.

Aruko frowned. He disliked ever learning about that in school. He thought it was complete mismangement from the start and done out of greed since the jeneraux crystals were used in powering the quantum drives on certain classes of FedCON ships. He considered it not one of FedCON's greater moments. His eyes skipped to the second one,

It is claimed that the Anatolian Consortium influence was necessary to achieve the technology required to travel greater regions of space...

"Might as well write about Calaurus," Aruko muttered to himself. He had an equally low opinion of the assumed superiority of Anatolians, at least those like the jerk sitting near the back. Might as well write about something that he disagreed with and was passionate about. He immediately began forming a web chart of ideas and evidence for the Calaurus question.

**********

Devon supressed a yawn when he got to the critical essay portion. He eyed his questions before selecting the one that he wished to do. He glanced up and say the half-breed scowling at his questions. Hmpf. Looks like one who thinks he knows more. He then continued to write.

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Irene was finishing the last of the military history questions. She felt for sure that she failed that section. It would be embarrasing to be placed at the beginner level but she was prepared to accept it. The anxious feeling stayed while she read her critical essay questions. She glanced upward trying to think about what to do. She read the questions again. Made her choice and began to write.

((Note: Critical essay questions are randomly assigned. If you want to write a particular question, go ahead."

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Old 08-11-2010, 02:36 AM   #82
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((OK, I've given up on the idea of one cadet trying to cheat. I've got a better idea in mind anyway...))

Test answers were coming in fast and furious, and Tally Voltaic smiled. I was always one of the kids who wanted to finish first, she mused, just to show how smart I was, and how much faster on my feet than the others. However, sometimes that backfired on me. I often thought of my best ideas after I was done with the test, and wished I hadn't been so hasty in the first place. She sighed and began to grade. So far, so good, guys, but...

The first couple of submissions weren't so bad--a few errors here and there, but nothing which deserved a failing grade. However, as she progressed, Tally began to wonder if the cadets who had turned in their sections early had just been incredibly lucky or if a larger plan had been at work. For one thing, many of their answers contained remarkable similarities, and the more of the exams she graded, the fewer and fewer errors she found. Either this group of first-years was full of utter geniuses who should immediately be promoted, or...

"Krishna," she whispered as quietly as she dared. "Please? I need help." She turned her head toward her own console, while Sergeant Cul looked up from his patrolling rounds. What's going on? Hah! It's just like her to be confused by the electronic grading system instead of the pencil-and-paper way.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:58 PM   #83
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Krishna had just finished grading a cadet's paper when he heard Tally asking for help. He stifled a sigh. Tally was one of his favorites and she was a brilliant soldier except she was more inclined to using archaic methods and often would confuse certain functions on consoles. It was one of the reasons she didn't quite have the scores for Fleet but he'd take her as an ape any day.

It would be impossible for him to talk to her since it would distrupt the greenies. He gave the customary signal of using his stylus pencil to point at his console to indicate that he would be sending her a message. With ease he typed and sent, What is the problem Tally?

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Old 08-13-2010, 04:23 PM   #84
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Tally finally found the console interface that would allow her to communicate with Krishna without disturbing the test-takers. Take a look at this, she typed. I'm sending you a link that will allow you direct access to my screen. Sometimes Tally amazed her fellows, being a sort of "idiot savant" with technology. The simplest tasks in the FedCON system would often confound her, and yet oftentimes, she would find rare pathways through the labyrinth that even the most keen computer whizzes could not! However, those moments were few and far between. This one allowed Krishna to see what was going on with Tally's console--and her students. What Khrishna saw confused and amazed him: Could there actually be so many perfect, or near-perfect, scores here?!

See what I mean? Tally typed. I don't think this is a console glitch...
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:55 AM   #85
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Krishna looked at the data streams that Tally sent him. The group that she was grading did seem to have an unusual amount of right answers. Heck he expected near perfect from Blackfern and he hadn't disappointed so far. This though was unusual. He typed back, I agree that this is unusual. Give me the IDs of the test takers. I'll compare with their school records.

That was the first step. He could scan the cadets for any discrepancies and then he'll have Cul summon them to the Commandant's. Of course leaving them with Cul would give the would be cheaters a different look at the world.

I would expect good scores coming from the group you inspected this morning Tally but I want to make sure on this batch. If there are any more, book mark them.

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Old 08-15-2010, 09:24 PM   #86
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As the test session continued, Tally kept a careful count of which student exams seemed a little too similar, and which ones actually contained original answers. She entered the student ID's of the cadets that she suspected were cheating and sent them over to Krishna. As for Sergeant Cul, he didn't seem to think that anything was amiss; he simply glared at each "greenie" and moved on.
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Krishna began looking through the exams that Tally had sent him. Unofficially he was the chief grader and proctor. Any problems came straight to him. He scanned through the records with the cadets exams. Several were red flags. He tapped n his message write, I suspect someone accessed the testing database and passed them out to friends. Some though are alright.

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Tally was shocked: How could they have hacked into our FedCON system so easily? As far as I know, these don't seem like the creme de la creme of computer scientists, although they could be. Something big is going on. I can feel it. The only way that these greenies could have done this is if a) one of our higher alumni gave them the codes and passwords or b) a faculty member did it. Either that, or c) someone is an undiscovered hacking genius, and we need to uncover who it is ASAP. In the meantime, what do you think I should do?
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Rani was not the greatest writer in the universe. Her spelling was mediocre at best and her grammar was misplaced about seven times out of ten. Her writing came out like her thoughts, including the occasional Spanish word. She knew that if her score was handed back on actual skill, it would be terrible. If someone cared to sift through all the mistakes, they would find exceptional content. Rani was an exceptional critical thinker, and proud of it, and so she chose the more challenging of the two questions presented to her and began typing away, contented.

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Either way, she picked the choice that made the most sense and made use of as much of her limited vocabulary as she could. All she could do was hope for the best, that they would acknowledge her limited understanding of their language and admit her anyway with the condition that she work extra hard in her intensive English course, which she'd planned to do anyway.


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Krishna tapped on his stylus as he managed his multitasking by grading what came in along with examining the exams that seemed out of place. He sent back to Tally, Don't disregard the Anatolians. More likely it was a student of Anatolian background. I've seen this configuration before.

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The female Sergeant glanced around at all the test-takers of Anatolian lineage. None of them seemed to be doing anything suspicious; they appeared perfectly quiet, diligent, and hard-working. However, as Tally had known all her life, looks could definitely be deceiving. Take herself: most who did not know her regarded her as a tall, blonde bimbo. What they didn't realize was that she could hit their solar plexus with one hand and make them triple over in pain.

She smiled, remembering the one time when she actually happened to do just that. A smart-mouth "greenie" one year had dared to give her a loud wolf-whistle and lick his lips, and within a matter of seconds, she had him on his knees bawling an apology. Nobody'd better crank MY voltage to high...

Suddenly, the ID number of another completed exam beeped into Tally's console. This is it. I happen to know that THIS greenie isn't what he seems. She sent a message to the offending student's console: Come here. Now.
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Krishna had noticed what Tally wanted to do and sent Give me the name before you send for him. Besides it's better if you have Cul remove him/her from the exam room. No need for disturbances.

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Aruko had no idea what was going on at the front table but he had just managed to finish his essay on his question. He looked at it with a devil may care look and justified it by saying that it was a critical essay after all. He was training to become an officer and he needed to be able to think. He read his essay one more time and satisfied that he had done everything, he submitted it.

The confirmation light blinked saying that it was received. After that, he had no idea what he was to do next. He still had forty-five minutes before the end of the exam and yet he wasn't sure if he was to be excused or not. So he simply just sat there and tapped his stylus absentminded on the desk, looking with temptation to end the testing interface and look for a connection to the InfoNet. He then noticed a decal that was interesting and clicked on it. It was a library selection of materials to look at while he waited. He clicked on a volume of the Frontier Sieges and began to read.

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