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# 14
12-09-2012, 08:15 PM
The OP is right, all this test would do is see how many pointless things a cadet will try before getting killed in the simulation, it would test his reaction time and his decision making, but in no way could it be used to judge his character in the face of death.
The only way the test would really work is if the cadet was blindfolded, tossed on a shuttle and flown to where the simulation is taking place, every effort being made to make the cadet think that he is commanding a real ship and is in real danger, then his reactions would be noteworthy.
The scene in TNG where Crusher is being tested in what he believes is a real emergency on a station is an example of how it should be done.