Cheating scandal: SAT canceled for all of South Korea

College Board said this is the first time the SAT had to be canceled for an entire country.

For the first time, the SAT has been canceled for an entire country.

"The College Board and ETS (Education Testing Service) have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the May 2013 administration of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests at all test centers in the Republic of Korea," College Board said in a statement last week. The test had been scheduled for May 4.

The College Board said the decision was made in light of SAT test materials being illegally obtained in South Korea for commercial benefit.

The Korea Herald reported that a number of private cram schools in Korea may have obtained exam questions illegally. According to the Herald, authorities are investigating more than 60 SAT prep schools.

College Board said the cancellation was necessary "to protect the integrity of the test administration process worldwide."

The board said selling test questions is illegal and that it "would support charges being brought against individuals or organizations engaged in such illegal activities."

CNN reported that cram schools called "hakwons" may have been helping students cheat the test for years. Usually, hakwons give students extra lessons to cram for tests during evenings, weekends and holidays.

CNN reported that brokers may even have sold SAT test papers in advance for exorbitant prices.

The College Board said that another test planned for June will still be administered.