The Ivy Coach Daily

October 28, 2020

SAT Scandal in Korea

The College Board needs to increase its security measures for SAT testing in South Korea.

An SAT cheating scandal is brewing in South Korea. If this headline inspires a yawn, know that we fully understand. After all, it’s not like this is the first time that an SAT cheating scandal has been brought to the public’s attention in South Korea. In the past, we’ve called on The College Board, the maker of the SAT, to improve their security measures, particularly in Asia. But it seems that College Board — an organization surely enduring its most difficult year in history — hasn’t stepped up its game enough since the scandals just keep popping up.

As Ko Jun-tae reports for The Korea Herald in a piece entitled “Arrest warrant in review for school counselor suspected of leaking SAT questions,” “A local court on Tuesday began reviewing whether to issue an arrest warrant for a high school counselor suspected of leaking test papers for a US college entrance exam. The Seoul Central District Court is expected to reach a decision Wednesday. The suspect is a former career counselor for the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, a prestigious boarding high school in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. Police accuse him of selling photos of US Scholastic Aptitude Test papers to a broker for three years beginning in 2017. The broker was arrested last month for allegedly selling the leaked content to an SAT cram school tutor on 10 occasions from 2014 until the end of last month.”

As if College Board didn’t have enough to deal with this year with all the test cancelations due to the pandemic, with so many colleges choosing to go test-optional, and with the loss of their biggest customer — the University of California, now they’ve got another cheating scandal on their hands. Oh 2020 — you have not been kind to The College Board. No, you have not. But, hey, College Board can find some solace. 2020 also hasn’t been kind to ACT, Inc. So there’s that!

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