Suspects Indicted in SAT Leak Scandal

      November 18, 2013 12:51

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      Crammer teachers who circulated leaked questions from the Scholastic Aptitude Tests and the brokers who sold the questions now face criminal charges.

      The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Sunday said 14 owners and instructors of SAT preparation crammers in Gangnam, Seoul and seven brokers were indicted without detention. One former broker now serving his mandatory military term was referred to military prosecutors.

      Prosecutors have investigated the leak since February, when they raided 12 crammers after a tip-off as well as 44 offices and homes of those allegedly involved in the incident.

      The leak led to the cancellation of several SAT sessions in Korea and a tightening of security.

      Prosecutors said the owners and instructors employed various ways to get hold of questions to use them in their teaching, hiring part-timers to sit the tests and memorize the questions, or buying leaked questions online.

      One owner of a crammer was nabbed trying to take pictures of the test paper with a small camera at a test center in Guam in March this year.

      The brokers sold the questions for W20,000 to W300,000 (US$1=W1,068) each. One 22-year-old broker allegedly made W220 million from selling questions he obtained online.

      Jeffrey Sohn, a famous SAT instructor, is accused of infringing copyright after he was cleared in March of uploading answers to a test that was yet to take place in the U.S. on his website, taking advantage of the time difference.

      Leakage of SAT questions is prohibited because the questions are repeatedly recycled. Some can legally be accessed via the company that runs the test, Educational Testing Service. But even then they cannot be copied, distributed or used for teaching purposes.

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