This was the question that I am facing that prompted me to register and login, given that I have spent years as a content lurker at the Cyburbia Forums.
Anyway, because this is my first major round of job applications, I want to make sure I am being completely ethical. A recent job to which I applied last month replied by sending me a civil service exam, to which I am supposed to answer multiple-choice questions and send in the answer sheet. The instructions make no mention of whether this is open book or not, but say that the pass rate is only 70%. I've glanced at the questions and think I could get comfortably above 70% without researching answers. However, there seem to be quite a few specific questions about legal cases and exact definitions, and those certainly would be easy to find the answers to. I would feel bad about that, but is it to be expected and will everyone else be doing that? (in which case it makes no sense to be put at a competitive disadvantage)
What does the Cyburbia community think about what is normal and ethical here? Would it be weird for a municipal planning agency to see a near 100% (which would be easily attainable through basic searches), and throw that one out? I'm not sure what to do in this situation, and would thank you all for any advice you could provide.
(By the way, this was an entry-level Planner I position. Apparently, there were 150+ applications.)