Someone I know spoke last night to an admissions person at a highly selective college.
The admissions person said that highly selective colleges here in the U.S. have been admitting numerous students from China because their resumes are so strong. Spectacular scores, spectacular grades.
Then, when the students arrive at the highly selective colleges, their professors discover that they aren't prepared and can't do the work.
What these colleges are seeing, the admissions counselor said, is "systematic cheating." Those were his words.
Another thing: these highly selective colleges have been led to believe that the Chinese government is paying full fare. But no. The students have a bit of money from the Chinese government, but nothing close to what they need, and their parents can't afford to make up the difference.
So there they are, in America, enrolled in the most selective colleges in this country. They can't do the work, and they can't pay the tuition.
update: no change in ACT math scores