The Aftermath of the SAT Cheating Scandal

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Remember those SAT scammers from Long Island? Although they didn’t end up getting away with their scheme, they can at least rest happy that their actions resulted in lasting change. Their legacy:  Starting in September, test-takers will have to provide a photo when applying to take the test. Then, when they actually show up at the testing site, test officials will make sure that that photo matches both the photo ID provided and the student standing in front of them.

This is a clear reaction to the New York scandal, in which Sam Eshaghoff, then a student at Emory University, used fake IDs in order to take the test on behalf of several students, including one girl. As the case developed, four other students were arrested for being paid to take the tests; each got paid between $500 and $3,500 per test.

Eshaghoff and his cronies accepted plea deals to avoid prison time. In a lovely instance of the punishment fitting the crime, Eshaghoff must spend his community service hours tutoring low-income students on SAT test-taking strategies.



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