Friday, December 4, 2009

Chinese Students Caught Cheating...

Yes I know, it's a truism and anyone who has attended any university in North America consisting of a large population of Chinese students, knows that some unsavory academic behavior is not untypical.

BusinessWeek has an article titled "Crackdown on China GMAT Cheating."

The US company, which manages the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) recently won a copyright infringement court case in China against a local company that was distributing testing materials, questions, and answers to potential students. It also won a ruling against an American company, run by a Chinese national, "which allowed students to get a look at live questions from the GMAT exam." The scale of the operations and distribution of fraud were not elaborated in the article, but studies have shown due to the standardized nature of the Business School entrance test, more students partake in cheating than in other graduate study fields.

In addition to pursuing companies that facilitate cheating, the GMAT testing agency has
heightened security measures at testing centers [including] palm vein readers, which use infrared light to capture each test-taker's unique palm vein pattern, as well as digital photographs and passport scanners... The organization also has Web crawling software that scans 15 million Web sites every evening, looking for sites that illegally compile "live" GMAT questions.
The penalty imposed by GMAT for Chinese students committing user fraud have included revocation of test scores, notification to the universities to which the student has applied to of fraud, blocking individuals from re-taking the test for five years, and in one case, unspecified disciplinary action against one woman who, "took the GMAT on seven different occasions for seven different people."

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