Concerns rise about cheating by Chinese applicants to U.S. colleges

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The application essay from a student in China sounded much like thousands of others sent each year to the University of Washington at Seattle.

“‘I did this,” admissions officer Kim Lovaas remembers the essay saying, and, “‘I did that.’” Then she came to a phrase that stopped her short: “Insert girl’s name here.”

“I thought, ‘Did I just read that?’” said Lovaas, associate director for international student enrollment, admissions, and services. “To me, that was a really big red flag.”

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