Four Chinese students were arrested in a cheating scam involving the TOEFL last week. (We’re placing this here because we don’t have a TOEFL section to this discussion board and we’re more interested in stressing the penalties handed out to cheaters when they’re caught.)
According to the US Department of Justice, one of the alleged cheaters, Yue Wang, got cold feet about taking the TOEFL test on behalf of the applicants after reading accounts of other cheaters being arrested. (Wang hired another student to take the test.) Nevertheless, Wang is still subject to a charge that carries a sentence of up to 5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Furthermore, all four Chinese nationals charged can be deported after conviction and serving whatever sentence is imposed.
While the vast majority of prospective applicants we talk to are extremely ethical and would never consider cheating, we still occasionally talk to individuals who don’t think cheating is a big deal. As a result, we’ve decided to share this post so any readers who fall into the latter category can become properly educated as to the extreme risks associated with such cheating.
So if you know someone who is considering such a cheating endeavor, please do them, and everyone else, a huge favor and share this post with them.