Since Betazoids are telepathic, it would seem they would have a prohibitive advantage in an academic setting. How did Starfleet Academy deal with Betazoids and other telepaths in trying to keep everyone on a level playing field?

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    In addition to using computers and telepathy-immune species, I wonder if they use meta-telepathy: telepaths who can detect when another telepath is using telepathy. Just like human teachers can catch a human student copying from somebody else, maybe telepathic teachers can catch a telepathic student by "watching" (hearing?) the student's telepathy. – Kevin Workman Jun 6 '16 at 16:29
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    This does raise a more general question: how are telepathic students tested when they're in school? Of course, the answer might be "it's a utopia and nobody would cheat" anyway. – Kevin Workman Jun 6 '16 at 16:31
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    @KevinWorkman - Which raises an even more general question of why Betazed isn't one of the most technologically advanced races because they would be able to steal secrets quite easily from just about everyone else. – iMerchant Jun 6 '16 at 17:22
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    A lot of the telepaths only got the current active thoughts when simply in proximity with others, not full access to all memory, and processing. If you only get active thoughts, then you could write a testing algorithm to generate questions, instead of having a fixed test. So each individual gets a unique question set. That combined with randomized ordering and so on, might help remove advantage. – Zoredache Jun 6 '16 at 19:41
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    @Sareesataka - This question has actually been raised before. Imagine playing poker with an empath who can detect a bluff, a guy with a VISOR that can see the other side of cards, and a sophisticated android capable of stacking the deck & counting every card. scifi.stackexchange.com/q/6515/54605 – iMerchant Jun 7 '16 at 9:22

Tests can be administered by computer. We see an example of this in Star Trek IV with the "memory test" that Spock takes. Since Betazeds can't scan computers, this would be an effective way of testing them as long as they weren't in the vicinity of other testees.

I would assume that any live test where a telepathic alien was involved would require them to operate on the honour system, simply asking them not to use their abilities to subvert the purpose of the test.

Capt. Picard: The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don't deserve to wear that uniform!

TNG: The First Duty

There's also the possibility that in addition to computerised testing, they would also use holodeck simulations like the Bridge Officer's test administered to Deanna Troi in TNG: Thine Own Self (Mrs Troi confirms in TNG: Manhunt that she can't read holograms).

In extreme cases, they might also use aliens who're resistant to telepathy. Ferengis and Cardassians are probably out, but Vulcan masters are known to have this skill so there are almost certainly others that can be used.

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    "holodeck simul" ... click here to pay $19.99 and read the rest of this answer. – Rand al'Thor Jun 6 '16 at 12:12
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    @iMerchant - They can do ship-to-ship at least. I don't think there's evidence of interstellar communication. Worthy of its own question, perhaps – Valorum Jun 6 '16 at 12:43
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    @ewanm89 Certainly true for Deanna, but she isn't a full Betazoid after all.... – BMWurm Jun 6 '16 at 13:42
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    @iMerchant Actually, it sounds like it raises the question. "Begging the question" is really something else altogether, the logical fallacy of assuming as fact the very thing one is thus "proving" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question. – Monty Harder Jun 6 '16 at 16:12
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    @MontyHarder - I think you'll find that while it used to mean only that, dictionaries and thesauri now reflect the modern usage as well. Unless you subscribe to the idea that dictionaries should be used to pin language to the page like a butterfly, trapped eternally and unchanging. – Valorum Jun 6 '16 at 16:34

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