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7 Students Arrested For Cheating On SATs

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Can one test really make a huge difference in your life?

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.

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0 thoughts on “7 Students Arrested For Cheating On SATs

  1. bob says:

    Six fat envelopes from the school of hard knocks.

  2. bob says:

    E is for E. Coli.

  3. Roxy says:

    Well in a test based society, I’m not surprised. I cannot tell you how much these exams suck, because they are the FIRST cut-off used by most universities when it comes to accepting applicants.

    I dealt with it for SSATs, SATs, MCAT, USMLE 1, 2 and 3…. soon my board exam and then every 10 years as long as I wanna practice medicine.

    It never ends and it’s awful that we’re judged by numbers. But what can we do?

    And as someone who has Tiger parents, it’s not fun at all… especially when your parents judge you by your score too.

  4. Diana says:

    The sats are not a simple one time test you take it for a whole month broken up into parts, are educated on it befor hand and told what to expect that day and what part you are taking, 1 day could be english, another math, and so on the sats test you on simple comprehension skills and problem solving and lightly on what you learned from the past 12 years of schooling if you dont comprehend by the time your in 12 th grade something is definatly wrong. also i dont know if its true for everyone but in 11th grade they give you the test as practice and also prepare you(my school did at the time atleast)…..these “kids” obvously didnt give a squat and took the easy way out taking away the chances of others who were prepared for not only the test but life aswell. The sats are a great indicator of how well you will utilize further education and if you fail you may need more farther help then you realize. the test is pretty simple they may ask you something like an economics question yet the answer is infront of you (many dont realize this sadly) i also think they should implement the asvab as that would be a far better test to see if you were properly trained , but sadly i have gone to schools where teachers give you the answers right on the chalkboard yet dont tell you that those are the answers and even tell you make it believable that you knew the answers by failing a few questions. .

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