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College entrance test mix-up has parents worried

By Jenny W. Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Nearly 1,000 students in southern Taiwan were affected by a mix-up in answer sheets on the second and final day of the annual college entrance examinations yesterday.

Some parents voiced concern that the blunder might affect the students' test scores, but the Center for College Entrance Examinations assured them that the problem had been remedied.

The blunder was discovered at 8:40am yesterday when a proctor in Pingtung City found a box of answer sheets that were meant for the 11 testing centers in Kaohsiung. The answer sheets for the Kaohsiung students winded up in Pingtung.

A total of 924 students were affected.

As the mistake was not discovered until 20 minutes before the test, the center decided against swapping back the answer sheets because of time constraints.

Instead the students were asked to cross out the names and the registration number that appeared on the sheets that were handed to them and write in their own personal information.

The center said the mix-up would not affect the students' scores, but some parents expressed concern that the computer testing system might not be able to recognize the changes and assign credits to the person whose name appeared originally on the sheet rather than the person who actually filled in the answers.

Yesterday morning's test was on English.

Many students said they found the vocabulary section very difficult, but said the essay was relatively easy.

More than 150,000 students participated in the two-day test.

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