BANGKOK, Thailand — From sleep to social lives, there is little Asia’s most upwardly mobile students won’t sacriﬁce for education. Though they belong to “Asian Century,” American colleges remain the premier destination for the elite from Shanghai to Singapore to Seoul. The path to US college acceptance however, increasingly compels students to sacriﬁce their integrity. For the right price, unscrupulous college prep agencies offer ghostwritten essays in ﬂawless English, fake awards, manipulated transcripts and even whiz kids for hire who’ll pose as the applicant for SAT exams.
“Oh my God, they can do everything for you,” said Nok, 17 years old Thai senior in her ﬁnal year at a private Bangkok high school. “They can take the SAT for you, no problem. Most students don’t really think it’s wrong.”