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1. Is the website copy written in flawless and natural English?
Nowadays, copy on the majority of essay writing websites, including the copy on foreign-based sites, will have been proofread by a native English speaker. But take a look at some of the other sections on the web page, such as the graphics or multimedia elements. These are not always proofread to the same degree. Common English language errors or the use of odd expressions on these other sections can reveal the true origin of the website in question.
2. When phoning the company, does the sales/support person speak to you in faultless, natural English, and without a foreign accent?
The work ethics and employment standards employed by many foreign-based essay writing companies are not usually comparable to those of companies in developed nations. For a start, these foreign-based companies predominantly work with ESL writers from developing nations who are only paid a few dollars per page. Similarly, their sales and support staff are paid nothing like the salary that is paid to qualified equivalent staff who are based in countries such as the US, UK, Canada or Australia.
3. When chatting online, is the written English of the sales/support person flawless and natural?
It's relatively straightforward for companies to have their web copy proofread by a native English speaker, and, subsequently, for their website to appear to be legitimate. It is, however, almost impossible to hide English language flaws and oddities in live conversations. If a company hires ESL speakers to directly handle your sales or support requests, imagine what kind of writers they work with behind the scenes.
4. If the company claims to be located:
In the US: Is it incorporated in Delaware, Nevada, Virginia, or Wyoming?
For foreign essay writing companies, Delaware, Nevada, Virginia, and Wyoming are the most popular states to incorporate in. This is because they are the least costly states in which to form and run a corporation. Hence, it makes sense for foreign-based companies to open a virtual office in one of those states in the pretense that they are operating as a domestic corporation. Legitimate companies form a corporation in their home state. It is very unlikely that a legitimate academic research company will be physically located in Delaware, Nevada, Virginia, or Wyoming.
In the UK: Does it have a valid Company House number and a UK business bank account?
A company with a Company House number will have to pay UK tax and is consequently more likely to be genuine. Foreign companies are unlikely to get UK business bank accounts.
5. Are positive reviews about an essay service posted by alleged satisfied clients written in broken English?
The fact is that satisfied clients DO NOT post online unsolicited and positive comments about their experiences with particular essay websites. If they are happy, they directly thank their writers for a good job and move on with their lives. Positive comments about a particular company are also often written in broken English. And that usually means that the posts have been authored by the company's own writers.
6. Does the company secretly operate multiple websites providing the same writing service?
This is probably the most notorious sign that an essay writing company is operating in a deceptive and non-legitimate way. By creating multiple websites that are seemingly unrelated, these companies trick their clients into thinking that they are ordering essays from different companies. This is an integral part of their business model: they create dozens of unique-looking websites and, as soon as one is revealed as a scam, they simply promote another website.
7. Does the website look and feel too fancy and flashy?
There's nothing wrong with a great looking website. Website design, however, has become rather an obsession for foreign-based companies. Like putting lipstick on a pig, these companies hope that their website's glossy design will deceive clients into not noticing their real origin, their lack of ethical and business standards, and the poor quality of their custom essays. Unfortunately, their deception usually succeeds and unsuspecting students pay the price.
Why Do Students Feel As If They Need Them?
I recently had the opportunity to speak with a former writer for a prestigious essay writing service and his experience in the industry.
"I have witnessed the steady growth of this industry for years. When I became part of the team for Rush Essay, I thought we would be writing academic content for students with below-average capacity. I was in for a surprise. We got orders from all types of students - lazy ones who only want to find an easier way out of a messy situation, as well as really smart young people who simply couldn't find the time to do their own work.
I was convinced that students who got into Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, and other prestigious US and UK universities would work much harder than the ones admitted to "secondary" schools. In fact, they do work hard; and that is the exact reason why they cannot afford to fail. In some cases, the assignment's requirements are so complex that it's difficult for the students to understand what the real question is. The struggles of ESL students are even greater; it is nearly impossible for them to produce degree-level academic content. Since the charges for plagiarism are serious, they have to rely on essay writing services as a solution that provides unique content by the given deadline."
Some statistics - Who buys papers online?
The essay writing industry is a source of interesting statistical data. California, New York and Texas are the most popular regions where orders were coming from. Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, NYU, Columbia, University of Houston, and other institutions from these states are known for their competitive systems. A student who hopes to graduate from one of these universities usually needs to rely on "unorthodox" methods to deal with all challenges imposed by the professors. Since academic writing is becoming one of the most prominent aspects of the educational system, the constant development of the custom-writing industry is clearly justified.
The most popular types of content requested from custom-writing services are essays, research papers, and MA thesis. Students have an abundance of essays and research papers to write, so there is nothing unusual in the fact that professional writers mostly deal with these types of assignments. When it comes to subjects, students most commonly struggle with projects for Business, English language, and Management courses.
According to those within the industry, buying papers is a necessary reaction to serious underlying issues in the educational system. All college and university professors will tell you the same thing: to them, the act of purchasing papers online is no different than plagiarism. However, some argue that the issue is more complex than that claiming, that the content completed by professional writers is not plagiarized. It is completely unique, well-researched and properly-referenced. When a customer buys this type of product, he has the right to use it as a source for another paper, or simply submit it as his own. The teacher may suspect that the student didn't write a particular paper, but there is no way to prove such claims. Higher education is an industry on its own. Universities accept more applicants, including international students who don't have the needed grasp of the English language to write extraordinary academic content. On the other hand, they don't provide effective support that would enable these students to fit into the system.
The benefits of using custom-writing services are immense for foreign students. In addition, students with part-time jobs, older students who have families and those who are going through tough personal struggles simply need help to go through all challenges they face. The rapid growth of the custom-writing industry is a symptom of the great weaknesses within the educational system, which put students through a great deal of stress and emotional struggle.
What About The Moral Argument?
We all know the definition of cheating is, and simply saying that the work is more challenging for most or that they may not receive enough support from educators, or have enough time to dedicate to the work does not change the definition of cheating, or make it right in any way. Speaking from both ends of the argument, there are those that feel as if these services are creating lazy students and helping to grow an unprepared workforce.
Writing is a vital skill that is applied in many areas of life, especially for those who are entering the workforce, whether they are doing so as an employee or a business owner.
With communications being a vital skill for anyone entering the workforce, our education system recognizes this and strives to prepare our students by requiring them to improve this skill through writing assignments. By outsourcing the work, students, are depriving themselves of the opportunity to strengthen their communications and writing skills.
Are professors and teachers that difficult to reach that so many prefer to risk the stiff penalties of being caught cheating, rather than asking for help? There are many other options available for international, and any other student that may be struggling to keep up, from study groups, to programs within schools and Universities, such as writing centers. What they do require, however, is that the student actually make an effort, by simply making the decision to apply themselves.
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