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Fudan first: scanned essays

FOR the first time, a local university has started to use anti-plagiarism software in its independent student-enrollment process.

Previously, the software has been used to detect plagiarism in graduation papers to deter rampant academic cheating on campus.

Now Fudan University is using the software to vet the work of prospective students who seek entry through a nationwide writing competition.

It's meant to serve as a backup, after the papers are read by a panel of professors

"The judges' panel have chosen about 90 finalists from 2,291 participants," said Ding Guanghong, Fudan's admissions director.

"But further machine filtering detected a questionable 3,000-word paper, with about 1,000 words copied or similar to others works," Ding said.

College entrance reforms give schools more freedom to choose students than before.

Talented students can show their individual qualities, instead of depending primarily on the national entrance exam. Universities can grant them early admission, even if their scores on the national exam are not the best.


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