As allegations of cheating on an SAT administration across South Korea and China continue to be tossed around, we figured we’d share our two cents. Hey, you know us. We’ve always got two cents. From what we’ve heard, SAT tutoring companies in China were asking their students to come back after the SAT administration with questions and answers from the test they took that day. These tutoring companies were then piecing together the exams — exams that College Board had no intention of releasing. And then College Board reused the questions from these exams. But this isn’t completely new to The College Board. After all, this same kind of thing happened in the United States a few years ago. And the May 2013 SAT exam was canceled in South Korea when it was discovered that recycled questions were given out in tutoring centers.
As New Yorkers, we’re very familiar with New York State recycling their questions for their Regents Exams. Barron’s even publishes all past New York State Regents Exams so if a student takes enough of these old exams, they’ll find a good percentage of recycled questions with the same exact answer choices. Maybe that’s why for a bright kid, a 95% or above on a New York State Regents Exam is the norm, not the exception. But one would think that a multi-billion dollar company like College Board would have the resources not to recycle questions. Come on, College Board! Seems pretty lazy if you ask us!
Curious to read more about the SAT scandal in South Korea and China? There’s a good “Washington Post” piece entitled “New concerns about cheating on SAT in Asia” written by Valerie Strauss that you might want to check out. And we’re curious to hear what our readers think about this SAT scandal in Asia so let us know your thoughts by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you about this SAT scandal in Asia.
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