Since the beginning of the pandemic, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, and other examinations for studying abroad began to be conducted online.
Pretending to take the exam is a common form of cheating in international exams such as IELTS and TOEIC in China. For just over $1,000, candidates can get high scores without rehearsing.
In an English certification exam in China, students take the test at home and are monitored by cameras and computer screens. It looks like they’re serious about doing the test.
However, in reality, they didn’t do the test at all. Next to this student, someone sits to take the exam for them.
Tony Wang is the founder of a company that specializes in helping students cheat in international aptitude tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, and GMAT…
He said that he had supported more than 100 students in mocking the TOEFL exam since the exam was held online in 2020.
For the cheat to go smoothly, Wang regularly reminded the student to look at the screen from time to time. He also deliberately gets some questions wrong in the reading and listening test for fear of being discovered.
He said, ‘For those in the profession like us, these exams are just mosquitoes. However, Scores that are too high will be suspected.’
In China, this business of cheating on exams has grown into a multi-million dollar market. Over 10,000 people have chosen this trick to pass international exams during the pandemic.Wallace Dalrymple, Security Director of the American Institute of Education and Training, said that they spend tens of millions of dollars every year to prevent scams. However, the online form of the exam has allowed deceit to flourish.