Thousands of SAT scores from Chinese and South Korean students are being withheld due to widespread reports of cheating on the exam, The New York Times reported yesterday.
The Educational Testing Service said the decision was “based on specific, reliable information,” about “organizations that seek to illegally obtain test materials for their own profit.”
Because the SAT is not administered in most parts of China, except for a few private schools, thousands of students travel to other parts of Asia every year to take the test.
A spokesman with the Educational Testing Service said that results were being withheld based on where students lived, not where they took the exam. Students from other countries who took the test on October 11 will receive their scores on Tuesday.
The spokesman said that the case would be investigated and the students in question would get their valid scores by mid-November, around the time many colleges have set a deadline for early admission.
Students fear that the delay could affect their chances, as knowing their scores earlier could determine where they apply to college.
Admission officers claim that as many as one in 10 applications to US colleges by Chinese students contain signs of fraudulent information, usually in essays or high school transcripts, CNN reports.
“There are a lot of Chinese students and parents trying to get into the best quality schools they can,” Eddie West, director of international initiatives for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, was quoted as saying in the report. “Obviously there’s competition and incentives to cut corners.”
Earlier this week, around 2,500 students in China were caught cheating on a pharmacy licensing exam with the use of wireless ear pieces and electronic erasers that transmitted answers to test-takers in code.