CSAT’s wrong answer was right, court decides

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CSAT’s wrong answer was right, court decides

The Seoul Administrative Court yesterday rejected a petition by high school students to cancel the grading of the College Scholastic Ability Test. The students claimed one of the answers on the test was wrong.

A group of 59 students joined a lawsuit against the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, a government body in charge of administering the CSAT, and Education Minister Seo Nam-soo, over a question on the geography portion of the test.

The question asked which group had a larger combined gross domestic product: the European Union or the countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement. The correct answer, according to authorities, was the EU, as per Korean textbooks.

But the students argued that in 2012, according to data from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the GDP of the Nafta bloc surpassed the EU’s.

The court said students couldn’t be held responsible for information beyond that in their textbooks.

With the ruling yesterday, the 2014 regular college admission procedure will begin Thursday as scheduled.

BY KANG JIN-KYU [jkkang2@joongang.co.kr ]
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