LONDON (Reuters) - Candidates for British universities have been caught red-handed copying their applications from the Internet after hundreds mentioned "burning a hole in pyjamas at age eight" on their online entrance forms.I don't know if Price is correct. If they caught hundreds, couldn't more people have slipped through the cracks.
The phrase, taken from a Web site which provides examples of personal statements used by successful candidates, describes an early encounter with a chemistry set.
Medical course applications from 370 others contained statements beginning with "a fascination for how the human body works" and 175 included anecdotes which involved "an elderly or infirm grandfather."
A study published on Wednesday by UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, found that five percent of the 50,000 personal statements surveyed at random contained "borrowed material", lifted mostly from one free Web site: www.studential.com.
Most of the material plagiarised, however, was adapted by applicants with direct copying from online sources standing at less than 1 percent, the study revealed.
"There is a small problem but we're looking at ways to address it," said Byron Price, communications officer of UCAS.
Besides being lazy, using the internet for term papers or applications is just dumb. I remember a NY Times article recently talking about the substandard work these websites turn out. Then what do the students expect? They are paying for a cheat, and when you do don't expect not to get cheated also.
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