The General Scholastic Ability Test's 60-minute English exam took place on the first day of testing this year. One test taker in Taipei brought a sugar glider inside a bag into the exam room. The animal then proceeded to climb out and flee. It took monitors three and a half minutes to handle the situation, and the test was prolonged by five minutes. This was the first incident of a test taker bringing an animal into the exam room that affected other test takers. The College Entrance Examination Center used a secret ballot to decide what to do.
There are 12 ballots in favor of a deduction of three points from the scaled score and two ballots in favor of a deduction of all points, so we are deducting three points.
Three points were deducted from the test taker's English exam scaled score. The CEEC said affected test takers were allowed to file complaints. It declined to go into detail. There were 765 irregular incidents reported during this year's GSAT. There were 451 incidents of test takers failing to bring proper identification documents and 130 incidents of test takers failing to power off their phones. There were also an incident of a test taker leaving ID documents under the chair after an exam, and a test taker putting the phone in the bag of a friend only for it to start ringing.
In accordance with Article 8-2, three points were deducted from the scaled score for the owner of the phone. The person whose bag was involved was not penalized.
The CEEC decided to deduct one point from the scaled score for the exam in which test takers failed to produce proper ID documents, and three points for the failure to properly power off phones. The CEEC urges high schools to make sure students are aware of all regulations.