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Police probe exam web leak

FUDAN University has called in police to investigate a website which published its admissions exam paper only five minutes after the test ended.

The pre-admission test, which was held over the weekend, is of great importance to many high school students as they can earn extra credits when applying for a place at the university.

Candidates must hand in the test paper once they have completed the exam and no past papers are available.

The website,, claimed someone with staff links to the university supplied the material. It published a photograph of the first page of the test paper for free downloads.

The university suspects that a test taker used a miniature camera to photograph the exam paper and seek profits from the website, which sells test papers. "Whoever did this will bear the legal responsibility," said Ding Guanghong, director of the university's admission office.

The culprit faces being banned from this year's college entrance exam, which is held in June.

Officials are now checking surveillance cameras at test centers for clues.

Ding said the leak also infringed the university's intellectual property rights and damaged its reputation.

A similar case occurred at Fudan in 2009 when a candidate released the test paper online. The university reported the case to the police but never traced the culprit.

Ding said the paper was leaked after the test, meaning it could not be used for cheating.

But he suspected that the website may charge customers for the remainder of the paper, which could be useful to students preparing for the test next year.

The national college entrance exam used to be the only way for college students to enter university. Now the Ministry of Education allows some top universities to hold pre-admission exams as part of a pilot program.

The Fudan test paper was stored securely before being transported to each test center by armed police, Ding said.


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