Deets After Dark

Jul 03 2012

How to Cheat the SATs

I understood at age 15 that a single, solitary high SAT score was far more impressive than multiple attempts at it.

At the time (this may have changed), the ETS tracked your SAT-taking history through your Social Security Number. With this in mind, every time I took the SATs between Sophomore and Junior year, I deliberately wrote my SSN off by one digit.

When I finally got the score I wanted (1510 in my case), I called up ETS and raised hell, telling them they screwed up my SSN and demanding that they correct it to my true SSN.

"Oh, we are so sorry Mr. Chang. We will fix that for you immediately. Please accept our apologies …"

Consequently, only one high score was attached to my true SSN, and it became the basis for my applications.

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