Could tech prevent rampant international admissions cheating?

By Meris Stansbury
July 29th, 2016

Shocking Reuters exposé finds pervasive cheating in an international admissions program owned by ACT. Can technology help?


A program used by Chinese students, owned by test giant ACT, and recognized by admissions offices at many U.S. institutions has been found by Reuters to encourage cheating among its students. ACT says a computerized version of the test could help. But is there more that can be done; specifically, by more sophisticated technology-based strategies?

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Key Points:

  • At three different Global Assessment Centers (GAC) owned and overseen by ACT, school officials and proctors ignored, and were sometimes complicit, in student cheating on the ACT, according to seven students interviewed by Reuters.
  • The GAC is a program/certificate recognized by admissions offices at more than 60 colleges in the U.S.—including state universities in New York, Michigan, Iowa and Missouri.
  • The GAC program, which can cost students $10,000 a year or more, has emerged as one of many avenues in Asia used to exploit weaknesses in the US college admissions process.
  • This month, ACT Inc announced that, to combat cheating, it planned to introduce a computerized version of the ACT for overseas test-takers in the fall of 2017.

(Next page: More on the GAC in China; international admissions cheating habits; how tech could help)

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