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Test cancellation stirs anger

ABOUT 10,000 Graduate Record Examination test takers in Shanghai may miss the deadline for US graduate school applications after their score results were canceled.

Many test takers are still shocked, angry or confused after the cancellation was announced on Thursday.

"I can't believe this," said Zhou Chenxi, a 23-year-old test taker. "How could such a mistake happen for a worldwide test?"

US-based Educational Testing Service, organizer of the test, released a statement on the China National Education Examinations Authority's website on Thursday.

The ETS statement said: "The difficult decision to cancel all scores resulting from the October 23, 2010, GRE administration in China was made because a previously-used edition of the test was mistakenly administered."

China is the only country affected by the cancellation.

Graduate programs and business schools in the US and other countries use the test to evaluate applicants.

ETS declined to reveal how many people took the test.

Three options were provided by ETS to test takers: take a make-up test on November 20; transfer to a scheduled GRE test on June 11, 2011; or receive a full refund.

ETS added it intends to report results for the make-up test faster so that scores may be reported to applicant institutions by December 10.

ETC also said it will provide test takers more information today.

Zhou said the make-up test seems to be the best option.

"If I take the test next year I would waste another year," said Zhou, who hopes he can meet the application deadline by the end of this year.

Still, some GRE test takers were worried they would miss application deadlines.

Test takers also said they hoped ETS would explain to the schools what had happened so that application periods could be extended.

However, some were angry after spending much of their time preparing for the test and said the issue has not been settled., one of the country's biggest overseas study service platforms, said in a open letter that it would represent test takers for future negotiations with ETS.

Taisha also asked test takers to join an online petition.


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