I reckon that that hall was at least feet wide and feet long—more or less the size of two football fields. The hall was empty, except for me and a handful of parents milling around, waiting while their kids took the SAT in an adjacent hall.
University World News or Higher Education Web Publishing does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with any comments, opinions or statements or other content provided by readers. The United States firm that owns the SAT, a college entrance exam accepted by many US colleges and universities, cancelled plans to administer the test this weekend at centres in China and Macau following concerns that some students may have obtained information about questions in advance.
Tests scheduled to be administered Saturday in Bahrain and Kazakhstan also were cancelled. Students in Hong Kong sat for the test Saturday as scheduled. The cancellations mark the latest chapter in a string of test security problems for the College Board, the non-profit group that owns the test, and the Educational Testing Service, a non-profit that administers it.
In an email to students registered to take the test, the College Board apologised for the "significant inconvenience" for students who had "worked hard to prepare".
The organisation will email students this coming week with details about a make-up test, College Board spokesman Zachary Goldberg said.
We take a range of action steps to identify and mitigate [against security breaches]," he said. The College Board also emailed an apology to counsellors, noting that disclosing details about its investigation and security measures "would compromise the effectiveness and integrity of those measures".
In andit delayed reporting of SAT scores from students in Asia and Korea multiple times as it investigated evidence of cheating. Source of the problem The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a US non-profit and long-time critic of standardised testing, says the two testing firms themselves are to blame for their test security problems.
Four times in the past year, including last week, it has received copies of what later turned out to be the SAT administered overseas.
He said recent posts to an online chat site Saturday appeared to show that the exam administered overseas on Saturday was a recycled copy of one that US students had taken in December The group has been tracking the phenomenon, based on tips from confidential sources showing that coaching companies, particularly in China and Korea, are selling complete copies of upcoming SAT exams.
Schaeffer said the source of the problem is that the exams administered overseas are versions that have previously been administered to students in the United States. That leaves open the possibility that someone could either obtain recently administered exams or exam questions or piece together questions and answers by monitoring online discussion boards where recent test takers share thoughts about a just-administered test.
The cancellation of a test increasingly creates "ripple effects across the globe", said Anne Richardson, a US counsellor and chair of the association's international advisory committee. Last year, one Chinese city deployed a drone to detect cheats on the gaokao, a gruelling standardised test that determines who will be able to enrol in one of China's universities and who will not.
She argues that university recruiters should factor the Chinese curriculum, grading system and high school experience into applications just as they do in reviewing US student applications.
Doing so could signal to Chinese students and families "that the high school academic record is much more important than test scores", she said. With so much pressure to perform well on tests, Chinese students have less time to participate in enriching extracurricular activities, adds Weifeng Chen, an associate professor at Yunnan Normal University.
Then, with encouragement from their teachers and advisers, they embellish their records to appear to be well-rounded students and excellent leaders.At the same time, Hong Kong Airlines, which is a subsidiary of the Hainan Airlines Group (HNA) and the second-largest carrier at HKIA, has contracted with SATS HK and AAT to .
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