College Entrance Exams Cancelled in S. Korea, Hong Kong
The non-profit company that gives the ACT college entrance exam canceled plans to give the test last Saturday in South Korea and Hong Kong.
Spokesman Edward Colby said the company canceled the exams on Friday for about 5,500 people at 56 test centers. It did this, he said, after the company received evidence that test materials had been stolen. He said he believes it is the first time that the exam has been cancelled for an entire country.
"We are extremely concerned about any activities that could (have an effect on) the fairness and integrity of the test," he said. "When individuals attempt to profit by stealing test materials and selling them, it can hurt thousands of students who did nothing wrong, as it has in this case."
Colby did not discuss how or where the test information was stolen.
The students whose tests were cancelled will have their test fees returned, Colby said. However, the test will not be given again until September.
In 2013, the College Board, the company that gives the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, cancelled testing for all students in South Korea. In that case, the College Board also said its testing materials were stolen.
The ACT college entrance test competes with the SAT.
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上周六，美国官方称，可能会取消中国香港及韩国的美国大学入学考试ACT（American College Test） 。
ACT公司发言人爱德华·科尔比表示，将取消周五在56个测试中心举行的约5500名考生参加的考试 。他称，这是公司截获考题泄露的证据后所作出的决定 。这是首次取消整个国家的考试 。
“我们非常担心任何行为或活动会影响考试的公平与公正 。”“有人试图窃题并将考题卖给考生，这会损害到上千万无辜考生的利益 。正如刚发生的这一事件 。”
科尔比强调，考试费用会退还给考生们 。但是9月份前不可能再为考生们重新安排考试 。
2013年，美国大学委员会取消了韩国的SAT考试 。当时，美国大学委员会也是以“考题外泄”为由取消了考试 。