Leak of SAT Questions Reported Again in Korea

October 11, 2013

Police launched an investigation into another alleged leak of test questions for the U.S. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) conducted on Oct. 5.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Friday that it is investigating private institutes that provide SAT lectures in Gangnam District in southern Seoul. The investigation will mainly target two institutes. Police said they will focus on how those two institutions obtained the questions from the test conducted in the U.S. earlier this year in March.

Critics claim that the education authorities should strengthen their monitoring of the SAT private institutes in order to prevent a recurrence of the leaks. (Yonhap)

Critics claim that education authorities should strengthen their monitoring of the SAT private institutes in order to prevent a recurrence of exam question leaks. (Yonhap)

The College Board, one of the co-administers of the test, oversees the question banks system for SAT and it does not provide sample tests.

The College Board and the Education Testing Service (ETS) – the two administrants of the test in Korea – are taking the latest test leak allegations seriously and said they are willing to cooperate with the police for the investigation. “At this time, ETS and the College Board have no reason to suspect that any Korean test takers gained unfair advantage on the October SAT test but we take such matters seriously and will thoroughly look into any credible information received,” the College Board said in a statement.

After a series of question leaks in Korea, the College Board cut the number of SATs administered in Korea from six to four and voided scores for the May test and some scores from the June test.

There are rumors of some academies in Korea hiring test-takers to collect actual questions. Some say if the same questions did indeed appear on both the March and October tests, it’s just bad management.

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