SAT Scam Uncovered

Posted: October 1, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Everyone hates the SATs. The reasons why are endless, usually recounted with colorful language. The running joke, “Oh hey, take the test for me? I’ll pay you. No, really, I will. Just write my name on your test.” Remember? Yeah, well these Long Island students actually did it. Granted, they got caught, but for a while they probably felt like total badasses who’d stuck it to the man.

Six students from his alma mater Great Neck North High School paid Sam Eshaghoff, a sophomore, at Emory University, “$1,500 to $2,500 each to take the SAT.” The system he used to pull it off was pretty simple. He went to whichever school his client was registered to take the test at and showed an ID with his picture and the student’s name.

Eshaghoff plans on pleading not guilty to charges of “scheming to defraud, criminal impersonation and falsifying business records.” I’m sorry, innocent until proven guilty is one thing, but who is giving this kid legal advice? Unless there’s a deal they’re not reporting in the news, I don’t see how this is going to play out any better than him just pleading guilty. Either way, bye-bye Emory? I’m guessing yes.

All six students were arrested as well and charged with misdemeanors. There are other students still under investigation about their participation in the “scheme.” The concept of six students wanting to cheat to get good scores on the SATs probably seems familiar to some of you. Oh wait, that’s right, it’s because Hollywood beat them to it with 2004’s “The Perfect Score.” Although, I think cheating on the SATs turned out just a tad bit better for them than it did for Eshaghoff and co.

-Erin Elzo

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