Article by Mayako Kruger

The ACT is one of the most popular standardized tests for students planning to apply to colleges in the United States. However, due to its importance, it is natural for people to try to cheat the system.

ACT Inc., the creator of the American standardized entrance exam, spoke about the year’s first test cancellations in certain Asian and Oceanian countries including Taiwan, China, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore due to a security breach.  Students planning to take the test have turned to social media to express their shock and fury. Many students on Reddit, a discussion website, claim to have a copy of Saturday’s test to sell as well as others asking to purchase it from them. One Redditor writes “I may as well just give up on going to US to study.” Another fellow student adds by writing “I’m honestly screwed. I can’t believe this happened.”

This is not the first time something like this has occurred. Last June, tests in South Korea and Hong Kong were cancelled due to similar incident involving a security breach.

A future date will not be added and a cancellation email was sent out to all participants. The students can sign up for future dates, such as the upcoming October 28th test. Since the case is still under investigation, officials have yet to determine the exact cause of the leaked papers. Many schools do not accept late October ACT scores which means students would not be able to apply to certain colleges because of the cancellation.

In addition to the security breach, ACT Inc. is also busy rescheduling tests in the United States after hurricanes Harvey and Irma which affected southern states of the country.

Senior Nicole B. says, “The ACT cancellation has delayed everyone’s college application process. A lot of people including myself are taking these last ACT opportunities to boost our scores before the applications are due, but now that there are only two dates left, it is worrying.”

Likewise, senior Yanna Y. says, “I think the ACT cancellation in Asia mostly affected  seniors like me applying for ED/EA colleges because they’ll have to send in their test scores blind. Some seniors were also taking the ACT for the first time, so this cancellation really delayed the college process of finalising their list of schools.”

Many students are complaining that they have to suffer the consequences of the mistakes of one company. It is brutal to think that an oversight such as this could impact the lives of thousands of students worldwide.

Photo credit: Seth Perlman

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