Category Writing Essay

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

Tarpley Hitt

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Getty

Last week, the operation that is sting Operation Varsity Blues exposed a long list of well-heeled and well-known parents who rigged the college-admissions process, to some extent by paying proctors and ringers to take or correct tests for their kids. Not even after news of the 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 machine.

When it comes to 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.” Perhaps the moderately wealthy can grease the admissions process with extensive SAT tutoring or, more problematically, college application essay editing.

A 500-word essay submitted through the Common Application, about some foible or lesson, which aims to give readers a better sense of the student than, say, a standardized test score in the admissions process, there’s a high premium on the personal statement. One or more university and advising blog rank the essay among the “most important” areas of the procedure; one consultant writing in the latest York Times described it as “the purest part regarding the application.”

But while test scores are completed because of the student alone—barring bribed proctors, that is—any number of people can alter an essay before submission, opening it as much as exploitation and less-than-pure tactics as a result of helicopter parents or college-prep that is expensive who focus on the 1 percent.

Leer Más