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    #245003 - 03/12/19 09:22 AM xtra time on tests: alleged college admission scam
    indigo Offline
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    Registered: 04/27/13
    Posts: 4300
    The following breaking news reports may serve as a cautionary tale:

    TMZ - https://www.tmz.com/2019/03/12/felicity-...s-bribery-scam/
    Originally Posted By: TMZ article about college placement consultant, William Rick Singer
    The alleged scam was reportedly unearthed after authorities found a California businessman who ran an operation helping students get into the college of their choice. Authorities say parents would pay the man a predetermined amount which he would funnel to an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach.

    The feds say if the money went to a college coach ... the coach would arrange a fake profile that listed the student as an athlete. If the money went to an exam administrator, the administrator would either hire a proctor to take the SAT/ACT or correct the student's answers.


    FoxNews - https://www.foxnews.com/us/college-entrance-exam-cheating
    Originally Posted By: FoxNews report on college entrance exam cheating
    daughter reportedly had twice the normal amount of time to take the SAT, and her proctor was paid to correct her answers after she completed the test.
    ...
    many parents involved [in] the scheme obtained letters from their children's therapists explaining that they needed more time for the standardized tests as a way for their children to take the exams privately with paid proctors who would correct the students' errors.


    USA Today - https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019...rts/3139204002/
    Originally Posted By: USA article on admissions counselor
    Prosecutors say Singer operated a college counseling organization called "The Key," which he used to accept more than $25 million in payments from parents from 2011 through Feb. 2019. He's accused of funneling money to coaches and others to guarantee admission to elite schools such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of Texas and Wake Forest University.
    The California-based college counseling organization which was mentioned: "The Key,"(archived).

    Additional details may be forthcoming over time.


    Disclaimer: All parties are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

    Updates... Related posts:
    - Many students get extra time on SAT (May 2019)
    - Ivy League Admissions (Nov 2019)

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    #246754 - 02/08/20 08:53 PM Re: xtra time on tests: alleged college admission scam [Re: indigo]
    indigo Offline
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    Registered: 04/27/13
    Posts: 4300
    Over the past year, concern about college admissions has evidently become part of the national consciousness, as shown by a recent TV commercial for a product with broad appeal and a wide audience... which alludes to this situation.

    Snickers candy bars has been running a series of TV commercials with a comical theme of feeding planet Earth giant Snickers bars to literally make the world a better place. One ad in this series indicates the world would be a better place without college admissions scams:

    View '#SnickersFixTheWorld:Chancellor' courtesy of iSpot.tv
    Originally Posted By: TV commercial, courtesy of iSpot.tv
    Monitoring the giant hole dug into the earth in order to feed the world a supersized Snickers, Luis Guzman asks a "college admissions guy" how his selection process is going. Considering his progress so far, the man notes that he hasn't been offered a bribe by any B-list celebrities on behalf of their underachieving offspring... so that's good! Encouraged, the actor can only conclude that "the Snickers hole" is working -- rich people canít buy their kids straight Aís now that Snickers fixed the world.


    A link to a related post (survey on parental willingness to scam college admissions):
    Ivy League Admissions, in the General Discussion Forum. Post from Nov 2109, thread started July 2013.

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