College test ‘switcheroo’ brings fine for woman

Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court sentences Olga Torobsky to three months probation for having cheated on a university English proficiency test.

May 23, 2011 03:26

Academics. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court sentenced Olga Torobsky to three months probation and ordered her to pay a NIS 1,000 fine on Tuesday, for having cheated on a university English proficiency test.

According to the ruling, in 2009, Torobsky had sent another person to take an English test in her place in order to receive a high grade so that she would be exempt from having to study English at university.

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The switch, however, was discovered after the high grade raised the suspicions of the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation examination board, and Torobsky was prosecuted in a criminal proceeding on fraud charges.

In his ruling, Judge Ido Druyan wrote that though Torobsky eventually confessed to having cheated, she did so only after the trial was over and after she lied on the stand.

The Judge said that letting the deed go unpunished would send a wrong message to other people, especially young people, who are tempted to cheat on their tests.

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