By Yining Su
Image credit: NJ Southall.
Sixteen applicants to Shanghai University’s department of painting and digital arts have been rejected for hiring surrogate test takers to sit the department’s entrance exam in their place.
According to the Shanghai Daily:
Arts majors are considered a shortcut for some students to enter college because the test score requirements aren’t as stringent.
The fact that they do not have interest in or affinity for art apparently does not matter, as test takers can be hired.
In this particular case, the fraudulent test takers were caught using the school’s ID card reading machines. Not that the scheme was particularly well run: all sixteen impersonators had filled in the same phone number on their application form.
Had the applicants not been caught, perhaps they would have been able to enjoy careers painting cheap, but precise copies of Western paintings.