Translator from China jailed for helping somone take language test in S'pore

An English language translator from China was jailed for five months on Thursday for sitting for a language proficiency test here on behalf of someone else.

Lina Zhang, 29, received an e-mail in November last year asking if she was interested in helping others sit for exams, reported The Straits Times.

She was promised 7,000 yuan (S$1,509) to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination for someone named Ge Li on Dec 6.

After Zhang agreed, some 6,800 yuan was transferred to her bank account for her to buy flight tickets and accommodation in Singapore. She also received a forged passport.

Entered Singapore

Zhang entered Singapore on a social visit pass and cleared immigration using her own passport.

She used the forged Chinese passport to enter the test venue at the United World College of South East Asia campus in Dover Road.

The invigilator suspected something was amiss with the passport and sounded the alarm. 

Zhang pleaded guilty on Thursday to cheating by personation.

The details of Ge Li’s identity and whereabouts are unclear.

The IELTS examination is a test conducted by the British Council here. Its results can be used in applications for various degree programmes overseas, as well as permanent residency in countries which require proficiency in the English language.

Source: The Straits Times