Tuesday, October 4, 2011
As this New York Times article reports, a current scandal involves students paying a college student to take the SAT for them. The article suggests that this incident may be far from isolated. One wonders how many students rely on others to serve as stand-ins when it comes time to take the LSAT.
According to the article, in cases of cheating, the Educational Testing Service withdraws the scores. However, it does notify the high school or colleges:
Neither colleges nor high schools are ever alerted that cheating was suspected. Tom Ewing, an Educational Testing Service spokesman, said that confidentiality laws meant to protect minors prevented his company from disclosing that information. Of 2.25 million SATs taken every year, about 1,000 scores are withdrawn for misbehavior, 99 percent of which are for copying, he said.
Years ago, I spoke with an individual who had a bright friend take the SAT for him. He received a high score and a number of invitations from high ranking colleges. Then he received a call from ETS suggesting that his scores were out of whack with other information about him. He agreed to withdraw his scores. His invitations from colleges rapidly vanished. Perhaps a withdrawal is an implicit message of possible impropriety.