Chinese Students Accused of Cheating on College Entrance Tests

Last week, a U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh announced indictments against 15 Chinese nationals on charges they cheated on college entrance exams by hiring imposters to take the tests for them, reports The Wall Street Journal. Several students ended up at schools across the United States.

In recent years, fraud on college entrance exams has also been uncovered in students from South Korea as well as from several U.S. states.

Michael Reilly, executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, told the Journal that "more students from a greater number of countries are seeking admissions to American campuses, bringing recruiters into more rural areas where academic standards and test-taking security can be less stringent."   

Reilly added: "What we hear from schools is that when students arrive at college campuses from China, you see once they begin their studies an incongruity between their performance and what their portfolio suggested they should be able to do."

In 2013-14, the number of international students applying to U.S. schools increased 8 percent, to nearly 900,000, from the previous year. Among that increase were 274,439 Chinese students, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

Education officials told the Journal that an increasing number of these Chinese students are struggling with academics, and issues of academic dishonesty involving these students are on the rise.  

Test administrators increased security across the United States in 2012 after dozens of Long Island high school students were caught cheating on entrance exams in fall 2011. The ETS now requires students to show photographic proof of their identification when they sign up for the tests, and again when sitting for the exams. Test-takers must also confirm their gender and birth date, the Journal reported.


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