New York SAT Cheating Scandal Leads to Arrests.

Two more school districts and a private school have joined the Great Neck, NY school already under investigation for an SAT cheating scheme involving 19 year old former Great Neck North High School student and current Emory University, Atlanta student Samuel Eshaghoff. Everything was foiled when Eshagoff was busted last month after being paid to take the SAT on behalf of six other students who were also arrested. Eshagoff made a decent sum of money, FoxNews reports numbers of $1500-$2500, from those students who used him to take the SAT on their behalf and he used fake identity cards to complete the charade. Most interestingly is that the investigation is focused on not only finding out others who have used him to take the SAT for them, but it is also looking for those who, like Eshagoff, are taking the SAT on another’s behalf because it is not believed that Eshagoff was working alone. Eshagoff will face felony charges for having taken the SAT for others which raises the question to what degree of importance should colleges attach to these admissions exams if people are willing to go to such lengths to defraud the system? Cheating will always occur, but when the cheating nets one several grand per instance, does it not become something very different that necessitates a reevaluation of the system? According to ABC News, ETS (Educational Testing Service): “…administers about 2.3 million SAT tests in a given year…[and] cancels about 1,000 of those scores, primarily because of students copying answers, says spokesman Tom Ewing. Impersonations are extremely rare, he says. Overall, proctors do a good job, and their pay was recently increased.”