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Answers to English exam allegedly sold online

By Li Yao and Cheng Yingqi (China Daily)

09:47, January 10, 2012

Test workers monitor exam venues at the University of South China in Hengyang, Hunan province, on Monday. (China Daily Photo)

BEIJING - The Ministry of Education is looking into a reported leaking of test answers during the national entrance examination for postgraduate students, which ended on Monday.

The ministry issued a statement on its website on Monday, saying answers to an English test had reportedly been circulating online and, if found to be true, would seriously damage the credibility of the exam and bring severe penalties to those responsible.

More than 1.65 million people took the exam from Jan 7 to 9.

The whistle-blower, Liu Ruoqing, 23, a first-year PhD candidate in physics at Tsinghua University, posted evidence on Jan 7 on Weibo.com. The post went viral and reached the attention of school authorities and the Ministry of Education.

Liu's girlfriend, who asked to remain anonymous, took the test for the master of law program at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

On Jan 6, she read messages in an online chat group that offered answers to the English test, for 100 yuan ($15.84), that was scheduled for the next day.

She told Liu and figured it must be a scam. However, she later found questions from the English test she had taken are nearly the same as a posting on the online chat group half an hour before the test.

The sender of the leaked messages is now offline and the chat group has closed.

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