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Cheating: Ace test-taker takes SAT for other students for $$

CJ Westerberg, January 2, 2012 7:14 AM


"I mean a kid who has a horrible grade point average,
who no matter how much he studies is gonna totally bomb this test,
by giving him an amazing score,
I totally give him this like, a new lease on life.
He's gonna go to a totally new college,
he's gonna be bound for a totally new career and a totally new path in life.
-Sam Eshaghoff

"Get a TI-89 Calculator"
See behind-the-scenes video

Last night's 60 Minutes on CBS featured the Long Island student, Sam Eshaghoff, who illegally took the SAT and ACT for other students who paid him thousands of dollars to do so, in the "The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT."   Sounds like ETS (Education Testing Service) will have to beef up security but there is an as  important story lurking beneath it, as addressed by the quote above - the high stakes nature of one test.

However, what we are featuring first in the videos below is NOT what ran last night but the behind-the-scenes video that features Eshaghoff giving tips of how to do better on the SATs.  

Biggest take-away at the 3:00 minute mark?  "HUGE Tip: Get a TI-89 calculator" which will "literally answer the question for you."  Allowed for the SAT, not the ACT.

How far we've come.

Related The Daily Riff:
Stephen's Sound Advice: How to Ace the SAT - Stephen Colbert VIDEO
The Underground Guide: How to Outsmart the SAT
Saying No to Standardized Testing for College
Three Great Reads on High-Stakes Standardized Tests

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