Tuesday, August 09, 2016

College admission tests for Chinese students

More students from China are enrolling in American colleges. As with all applicants they have to take an admissions test. In China ACT is the one they take as it is recognized by admissions offices at more than 60 colleges in the United States. ACT in China is part of a program known as the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC). Well, it turns out that at three different GAC centers, school officials and proctors ignored and were sometimes complicit in student cheating on the ACT, according to seven students interviewed by Reuters.

The GAC program can costs students $10,000 a year or more. Guess what? ACT itself owns and oversees the program. The GAC program is operated by a foreign subsidiary of ACT Inc, the Iowa-based not-for-profit that administers the crucial college entrance exam. The subsidiary, ACT Education Solutions Ltd, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

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