Stephen Downes

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"For just $5,000," writes Viola Zhou, "students can buy their way to ace Toefl and GREs... Despite the best efforts of test agencies, Chinese companies are still offering a variety of methods that cater to people at different locations with different levels of English proficiency. The services are sometimes more affordable than legitimate test-prep courses." There are some zingers in this article. For example: baofen means "guaranteed scores" in Chinese; Chinese authorities have little interest in how they exploit the security lapses of international tests; and proctoring services cannot detect difference in Chinese facial features.

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