SAT Cheat Let Off The Hook
Sam Eshaghoff is a New York teenager who is so good at the SAT’s he decided to take the all-important college entrance exam for other people in return for thousands of dollars in payments.
60 Minutes profiled Eshaghoff and the loose identity requirements for taking the SAT, but placed more blame on the Education Testing Service and the College Board for only requiring test takers to show a photo id – even just a school id – that matches the name on the registration information. This is obviously easily faked with today’s technology, but what is a realistic alternative? CBS criticized the test “security” system without acknowledging the reality that a lot of the 16 and 17 year-old kids taking these tests only form of photo id is a student id.
With today’s technology a system could be put in place where every high school student is photographed by their school and that is put in a public database that could then be called up when they take these hugely-important standardized tests to confirm their identities, but that is expensive, would require a computer at the testing center with a proctor trained to operate the system. This would also raise a lot of concerns about putting minors photos into a huge digital database.
The real deterrent to cheaters needs to be strong consequences, but in Sam Eshaghoff’s case, he got off with a slap on the wrist community service and is now attending college somewhere (although 60 Minutes didn’t say where) and got his fifteen minutes of fame, as CBS made him seem like a genius who exposed a corrupt system.
This is pretty pathetic considering how serious the District Attorney made the charges seem. He should have served jail-time. Eshaghoff showed little remorse for his actions and couldn’t see and admit how his actions cost somebody else a place at the school they had worked so hard to get into.
It’s unfair that this kid gets to attend college, so if you know Eshaghoff or where he goes to school, post that information below so his professors, peers and any future employer considering hiring him is fully aware of his criminal activity.
If you’re going to be ignorant enough to go on national TV after doing something as dishonest as this, you deserve to have that ignorance slap you back in the face.
Of course there are major problems with the way our college system works in this country, but to excuse such low-life behavior because it’s a small part of a flawed system ignores the deterrent that stiffer penalties for cheaters would create.
Watch: 60 Minutes’ The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT
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