Cheating To Get Into College Keeps Getting Worse In China

The Daily Caller | 3/5/2015 | Staff
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Technology is exacerbating a cheating epidemic in China, in which students weaponize the internet and spy-like technology to obtain the best scores on college entrance exams.

Chinese authorities displayed in June devices designed to look like belts, erasers, and watches, which students would use to cheat on exams, reported Daily Mail. The watch functions as a camera which, upon obtaining a photo of the test, transmits the snapshot via an antenna embedded in the student’s shirt to an outside recipient. An earpiece is then used to send answers back.

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Police officers utilize signal detectors to monitor airwaves. Students found cheating cannot enroll in higher education for one to three years.

“The nature of test cheating has changed in the 21st century with the proliferation of technologies for secret instant messaging (e.g. Snapchat), sites where information about upcoming tests can be exchanged (e.g. Reddit), and the dark web,” Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest, a company which monitors testing abuse, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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“Some students/families are willing to pay significant money [for] an unfair leg-up in the U.S. college admissions process, which many overseas students believe is overwhelmingly competitive,” Schaeffer said.

Indeed, some Chinese students pay thousands of dollars to hire graduate students to take college entrance exams for them, The Atlantic reported. Chinese student Yue Zou participated in one such scam in 2013, doling out $2,000 for a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) test-taker and $6,000 for someone to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for her.

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Year after year, students from the city of Zhongxiang in the Hubei province of China obtained a disproportionate number of slots at prestigious Chinese universities, according to Telegraph. After the Hubei education department found 99 identical papers from Zhongxiang students in 2012, proctors cracked down on the city’s high school, using metal...
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