Sunday, May 17, 2020

"Students Think the College Board Is Running a Reddit Sting to Catch AP Test Cheaters"

Madison Malone Kircher for Vulture:

On May 10, just a few days before Advanced Placement tests were scheduled to begin for high-schoolers around the world, a Reddit user, Dinosauce313, created a new subreddit, APTests2020.

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Interactions with Dinosauce313 on Reddit quickly became a resounding chorus of “okay, boomer.” That prompted the user to double down on trying to prove itself otherwise by posting Drake and Bernie Sanders memes —which only made the chorus grow louder.

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A spokesperson for the College Board directed Vulture to the company’s policies on online testing security. There it says the College Board “will be monitoring social media and discussion sites to detect and disrupt cheating” and “may post content designed to confuse and deter those who attempt to cheat.” The spokesperson also told Vulture the College Board “is not setting up accounts and starting discussion or social-media threads encouraging students to cheat, such as the ‘Dinosauce313’ account or r/APTests2020.”

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I wanted to see if it was really College Board so I sent him a PM saying, ‘hey I want to join for my AP US history test, this is the link right?’” The link the user sent was a Grabify link, meaning when Dinosauce313 clicked it, the student claims they were able to see the account’s IP information.