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Another College Cheating Scandal: Personal Essay ‘Editors’ Reveal How They Cheat for Rich

Another College Cheating Scandal: Personal Essay ‘Editors’ Reveal How They Cheat for Rich

Tarpley Hitt

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The other day, the sting operation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues exposed a long list of well-heeled and well-known parents who rigged the college-admissions process, in part if you are paying proctors and ringers to take or correct tests for his or her kids. Not even after news of this scheme broke, critics rushed to point out that celebrity parents like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman did need to break n’t what the law states to game the system.

For the ultra-rich, big contributions may get their name on a science building and their offspring a spot at a top-tier school—an option California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently called “legal bribery.” Even the moderately wealthy can grease the admissions process with extensive SAT tutoring or, more problematically, college application essay editing.

Into the admissions process, there’s a higher premium from the personal statement, a 500-word essay submitted through the most popular Application, about some foible or lesson, which is designed to give readers a much better feeling of the student than, say, a standardized test score. More than one university and advising blog rank the essay among the “most important” aspects of the procedure; one consultant writing in The New York Times described it as “the part that is purest associated with the application.”

But while test scores are completed because of the student alone—barring bribed proctors, that is—any number of individuals can transform an essay before submission, opening it as much as exploitation and less-than-pure tactics as a result of helicopter parents or expensive college-prep counselors who appeal to the one percent.

In interviews with all the Daily Beast, eight college application tutors shed light from the economy of editing, altering, and, at times, outright rewriting personal statements. (más…)

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