Some Applicants Barred from June SAT Test

      May 27, 2013 12:06

      Some Korean applications for the SAT test scheduled for June in Korea have been canceled amid an investigation of test question leaks.

      Earlier, the entire SAT test scheduled for May here was canceled, as was the SAT subject test in biology scheduled for June. The latest cancellation suggests that some Korean candidates have been blacklisted.

      Last Saturday, the U.S. College Board, which administers the SAT, sent e-mails to some Korean applicants, announcing its cancellation of their applications "for security reasons."

      It also warned them not to show up near SAT testing centers, adding that supervisors will stop them if they come near. It did not say how many candidates are affected.

      ETS, the company that develops and administers the tests, said it canceled some applications to guarantee fairness and protect other applicants. It said only a few applications were canceled. The candidates will be able to take the next SAT test, the company added.

      The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education pledged to ban any crammers that leaked test questions and prevent them from re-registering under another name or in another location. It also promised to thoroughly inspect the 12 crammers subject to criminal investigation this week.

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