Cheating Concerns in Asia Cloud SAT Testing

Te-Ping Chen & Abby Schultz:

Worries over cheating on the SAT college-entrance exam by students in Asia are raising fresh questions about the test’s security as the number of foreign applicants to American universities surges.

Students and test-prep advisers say it is becoming easier than ever for foreign students to game the test, with answers becoming available ahead of the exams, especially in Asia. The nonprofit College Board, which runs the SAT, has delayed thousands of scores in Asia this school year as it investigates.

All the students who took the SAT in May at two major international schools in China—including the Western Academy of Beijing—had their scores withheld by the College Board pending investigation. Scores were also held back at several other international schools in China, which are typically attended by foreign passport holders.