An SAT test-taking imposter’s out there? Say it ain’t so. There’s a juicy college admissions story brewing in Rancho Penasquitos, California. Apparently, a Chinese national who speaks little English and is rarely seen outside of the home at which he works (maybe he orders a lot of Seamless?) has been hiring imposters to take exams like the SAT and TOEFL for Chinese students applying to universities here in the United States. As it turns out, a test proctor discovered that an imposter was sitting for an exam. The proctor then contacted diplomatic security services and the bread crumb trail pointed toward this Chinese national operating a fraudulent business out of a second story bedroom in Rancho Penasquitos.
Department of Homeland Security Uncovers SAT Imposter
As reports Dave Summers in a piece on the fraudulent scheme for San Diego’s local NBC affiliate, “The search warrant indicates for the last three years, the sole owner and operator of Mayen was paid as much as ‘$25,000 per student to have an imposter take the SAT college entrance exam, the Test For English as a Foreign Language exam, and complete college applications.’ The imposters also allegedly used ‘fraudulent Chinese passports to gain access to exams.’ Once enrolled with a student visa they could transfer to other schools participating in the Students and Exchange Visitor program. They could stay in the U.S. as long as they kept up their grades and stayed in school.”
Remember some years ago when an imposter was caught taking exams for students in Great Neck, New York? It was the talk of Long Island. And it led to some changes in security at College Board that were a long time coming.