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Fake passports uncover TOEFL scam in Chiang Mai

By The Nation

 

Chiang Mai police on Monday arrested two Chinese women who allegedly used fake passports to sit for a TOEFL exam on behalf of paying clients.


Jing Su, 22, and Jiang Jiang Xuan, 26 – the spellings a transliteration of their names from Thai as police heard them – were charged with using fake passport and visa stamps.

 

Chiang Mai Tourist Police chief Pol Col Adul Srijunta said his team was tipped off by Associate Professor Songphan Tantrakul, deputy dean of humanities at Chiang Mai University, who helps run the TOEFL (English as a foreign language) exams at the school.

 

Songphan noticed the two women sitting for Monday’s exam, which drew about 30 foreigners, and remembered them taking the test earlier. He said they used different names each time.

 

He summoned police, whose arrival while the exam was still underway prompted five sitters to flee. They were not caught.

Police said Jing’s passport allegedly carried the name “Xu Kashing” and Jiang’s was issued for a “Lin Xiying”.

 

They allegedly admitted being hired by Chinese agents to take the exam for others in exchange for 10,000 to 20,000 yuan (Bt50,000 to Bt100,000) plus travel fare to Thailand and other countries. This was the first time they’d been arrested.

 

They said they travelled using real passports but used fake ones when taking exams.

 
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So a TOEFL is basically useless as far as the UK is concerned, and we can see why. Seven out of thirty, that's almost a quarter; it doesn't sound like it's a one off either, or restricted to Thailand.

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1 hour ago, edwardandtubs said:

This is why the UK government doesn't recognise TOEFL or any ETS exam as a secure English test. IELTS exams require photographs and fingerprints so little chance of anything like this happening.

You'd be surprised!  Some IELTS candidates manage to sneak the answers in, sometimes written on their leg!  How they get hold of the answers is even more concerning...

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15 minutes ago, elektrified said:

How could the cops let them get away? Sounds like an easy pursuit. No?

Young Chinese women... perhaps they were but agreed to some other 'arrangements' with police back at the station. 

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9 minutes ago, jspill said:

Young Chinese women... perhaps they were but agreed to some other 'arrangements' with police back at the station. 

 

Does seem they are willing to go to extremes for money.

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2 hours ago, edwardandtubs said:

This is why the UK government doesn't recognise TOEFL or any ETS exam as a secure English test. IELTS exams require photographs and fingerprints so little chance of anything like this happening.

They have replaced TOEFL with the "Glasgow" exam, after listening to a tape of Scotsmen, if they can understand more than 20% of what was said, they fail.

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"Police said Jing’s passport allegedly carried the name “Xu Kashing” and Jiang’s was issued for a “Lin Xiying”."

Not so much about learning English, but all about the Cashing of cheques.

Ching Ching!

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Such issues have been reported in western countries amongst students sitting for medical degree examinations.

 

Not suprising that it occurs for other branches that perhaps may have a lower level of scrutinity, that too in Thailand.

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4 hours ago, brewsterbudgen said:

You'd be surprised!  Some IELTS candidates manage to sneak the answers in, sometimes written on their leg!  How they get hold of the answers is even more concerning...

Well then you need to look at their legs more closely! 

 

Any ideas how the answers are leaking? It's supposed to be a 'secure English language test' approved by the British government for visa purposes.

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1 hour ago, edwardandtubs said:

Well then you need to look at their legs more closely! 

 

Any ideas how the answers are leaking? It's supposed to be a 'secure English language test' approved by the British government for visa purposes.

IELTS tests are supposed to be conducted on the same day at different locations around the world but there may be a time difference between them. Hidden cameras (in pens for example) on candidates during early tests relayed to a coordinator.

 

However, cheating may only help you in the writing or reading components in an IELTS test. It would be difficult to cheat in the listening and speaking components. This means there would then be a suspicious 'jagged' profile. IE 2 components score significantly better than the other 2. A local 2nd examiner takes a look and this is also usually passed onto a senior examiner in London.

 

The British Council has put in checks to make it difficult for surrogates to take the test.

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, saminoz said:

"Police said Jing’s passport allegedly carried the name “Xu Kashing” and Jiang’s was issued for a “Lin Xiying”."

Not so much about learning English, but all about the Cashing of cheques.

Ching Ching!

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