william rick singer boston college admissions scandal

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Department of Justice, the alleged ringleader of the college admissions scandal, William Singer, took a number of steps to avoid being detected by the SAT score review process.
Prosecutors say Singer made students get extra time for the exams so they could take them in controlled environments in which Singer could bribe test center administrators.
He is also seen in court documents telling one parent he couldn’t guarantee the man’s daughter a 1550 out of 1600 on the SAT because he didn’t want to be investigated.
As part of the scheme, prosecutors say the man who helped students boost their SAT and ACT scores would make sure students answered different questions correctly so the exams would not be similar.

The College Board has extensive measures put in place to flag up students who may have cheated on the SAT, but it appears those involved in the $25 million college admissions scandal may have found ways around the system.

A criminal complaint released by the Department of Justice on Tuesday said parents paid between $15,000 and $75,000 to have William Singer — the alleged ringleader of the cash-for-college scheme —guarantee a specific ACT and SAT test score for students.

Prosecutors allege that Singer would organize for a proctor to help students with the questions, correct answers after the students finished the exams, or take the exams in place of the students.

But to avoid getting caught for cheating, Singer took several steps to lie under the radar of the SAT’s unfair advantage algorithm, according to the criminal complaint.

College entrance exams have systems in place to combat cheating.

The College Board told INSIDER that it has an extensive process to make sure SAT scores are valid. The ACT has a similar procedure.

With the SAT, the College Board conducts statistical analysis on every answer document it receives, and flags ones that could have validity concerns.

A high score alone can’t raise a flag for the College Board, but that combined with other factors — like similar answers to another person or group, the discovery of a cheat sheet, or the absence of scratch work — can.

There is then an official investigation by College Board officials, which looks into a number of factors, like which questions were answered correct and incorrect, the amount of work shown in scratch work for math sections, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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Here’s how people involved in the college admissions scandal may have avoided being flagged by the SAT’s cheating algorithm

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