SATs have been known to make teens anxious, especially in today’s exceedingly heightened test-based society. The standardized test is also starting to cause a few kids to commit crime.
At least six Long Island high school students allegedly paid 19-year-old college student Sam Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the test for them, reports the ABC News.
Eshaghoff reportedly received between $1,500 and $2,500 from each student to take an SAT test posing as that student. These arrests come merely a few days before this year’s exam scheduled for Saturday.
“Colleges look for the best and brightest students, yet these six defendants tried to cheat the system and may have kept honest and qualified students from getting into their dream school,” Rice said in a statement. “These arrests should serve as a warning to those taking the SAT this Saturday that if you cheat, you can face serious criminal consequences.”
It’s likely that Eshaghoff knew the students in question because he graduated in 2010 from the same high school in Long Island that the students attend. He is currently enrolled in Emory University and spent his freshman year at University of Michigan.
I remember being incredibly nervous in the weeks leading up to the big test. My friends and I were told over and over how our futures depended on this one test. Apparently, some schools and parents are still telling their kids that very same thing.
My daughter just started her freshman year at a college preparatory school and from day one, they are drilling her by stressing the importance of keeping good grades, participating in after-school activities and taking leadership roles in those activities, performing community service, and taking challenging classes. They say it’s the whole overall experience, hard work and dedication that colleges look for, rather than just one test. I sincerely hope that’s true, but I suspect it’s different in every school. The sum of everything a student has done for four years in high school should be the determining factor, not just one single test.
I wonder how stressed and anxious the kids must have been to resort to handing over thousands of dollars, and I wonder how much their self-esteem has suffered that they felt this was their only option. How many were just spoiled kids who thought they could get away with paying off someone to take their test? We can speculate all we want but two things keep popping up in my mind: one test does not make a person and when it is projected that it does, it only becomes a disservice to educators and parents, but most of all kids.