The Dark Side of the SATs-Update

Cliché: Cheaters never prosper.    
POCS Reality: Colleges can use standardized test scores to offer admission and college scholarships.


The SAT cheating scandal is not just a criminal investigation anymore. A New York State Senate committee hearing will examine the Long Island cheating scandal that started with the arrest of a 19 year-old-college student for allegedly taking the tests for high school students.

According to this Wall Street Journal article, invited to testify/be a witness before NY Senate’s Higher Education Committee hearing scheduled for October 25 at Farmingdale State College include:

  • Kurt M. Landgraf, president and CEO of Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service
  • Gaston Caperton, president of The College Board
  • NassauCounty District Attorney Kathleen Rice
  • Bernard Kaplan, principal at Great Neck North High School
  • Robert Schaeffer, who runs FairTest, a longtime critic of the SAT.

POCSmom’s College Prep DIY Insight: Stakes are high because opportunities for college admission and money to pay for attending are involved. Colleges may use the SAT scores as part of their admission criteria and their institutional aid calculations to award money from their own funds. SAT cheating has an impact locally, state-wide, and nationally so safeguards and penalties should be appropriate.