Universities rescind offers after Pearson cheating concerns

Hundreds of international students’ plans to start UK university courses this autumn have been derailed after testing organisation Pearson revoked some of its online English language exam results following cheating suspicions, writes Helen Packer for The PIE News.

Earlier this year, some universities raised concerns about students who had taken the PTE Academic Online test applying with full or very high marks. According to Pearson, recent reviews of some assessments showed testing violations. Upon discovering this, the organisation said it immediately began withdrawing or cancelling test scores. The organisation’s in-person tests are unaffected.

But students who are not linked to cheating have been caught up as some British universities, including the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sussex, have stopped accepting the online test as proof of English proficiency altogether. The situation has left many students scrambling to take another language exam or secure a place at an alternative institution.
Full report on The PIE News site