Stricter Security for SAT Tests

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Stricter Security for SAT Tests

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM CDT

Mineola, New York (Northland's NewsCenter) --- In light of recent cheating scandals involving SAT and ACT test taking, the College Board is implementing tighter security on their tests.

The biggest change involves increased photo identification for students registering to take the SAT and ACT.

Students must now send in a valid picture ID when they register for their test that will be included in a photo admission ticket. On test day, students must then present both a valid ID and the photo admission ticket before they are allowed to take the test.

Throughout the test taking day, students will be required to present both their photo ID and the photo admission ticket before entering the test center, initial entrance into the testing room, re-entry into the testing room after breaks and when being handed their answer sheet.

Other new security measures for the SAT and ACT testing include:

- Students will no longer be able to change their testing site on the day of their test. Students who wish to change their testing site must request a change in location prior to their testing day.

- Students will also no longer be able to change the type of test they take on test day. Students will be required to request a change in their test before the testing day.

- Walk-in testing will no longer be allowed.

- Test Center Supervisors will be required to ask for the following information from test takers: first and last name, date of birth, gender, test type, and attending high school.

These changes in the SAT and ACT test taking will take affect in the 2012-13 academic year.

Kaplan Test Prep, a provider of test preparation courses and books, issued a statement concerning the increase in SAT and ACT security, saying:

“Kaplan Test Prep believes these security measures will help ensure the integrity of students’ SAT and ACT test-taking experiences, while also maintaining the exams’ accessibility to the millions of college applicants who take them every year. The security measures will also help restore confidence in college applicants who need to know that they are only competing for admissions with students who play by the same rules. A student’s SAT or ACT score is not only one of the most important college admissions factors, but also helps determine merit-based financial aid, so there’s a lot at stake in making sure that one’s score is one’s own.”

To see the full list and changes for the SAT and ACT test taking, click on Enhanced SAT Security

Posted to the web by Krista Burns