Enhanced SAT Security Measures Announced for 2012-13 Academic Year

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM EDT

...

Enhanced SAT Security Measures Announced for 2012-13 Academic Year

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (College Board news release) -- Effective with the 2012-13 academic year, the College Board and ETS will implement enhanced SAT security measures for all test-takers.

According to the news release issued Tuesday:

These enhancements — developed with the input of Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC — are designed to effectively address the issue of test-taker impersonation without creating unnecessary barriers that might prevent students — particularly those traditionally underrepresented in higher education — from pursuing their college dreams. By implementing these changes, the College Board and ETS can maintain an honest and fair testing environment for the millions of students who take the SAT each year as part of the college admission process.

The following enhanced security measures will be implemented during the 2012-13 academic year and apply to students participating in any of the seven national and six international SAT and SAT Subject Tests administrations that take place during a given academic year:

Registration Enhancements:

* Students will be required to provide the name of their attending high school during registration. Once SAT registration opens for the 2012-13 school year, registrations submitted without attending high school will not be processed.

* Students will be required to submit a current, recognizable photo during registration that will be included on a new photo admission ticket.

o Students registering online will be required to upload a digital photo.

o Students registering by mail will be required to enclose a photo with the paper registration form.

* Students who want to take the SAT at a different test center than the one designated during registration will be required to request such a change prior to test day. Test center changes will no longer be permitted on test day. 

* Students who want to change the type of test they intend to take (i.e., SAT rather than SAT Subject Tests or vice versa) must do so in advance. Test-type changes will no longer be permitted on test day.

Test-Day Enhancements:

* Students will be required to preregister for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Standby (walk-in) testing will no longer be permitted.

* Students will be required to test at the center designated on their admission ticket. Test center changes will no longer be permitted on test day.

* Students will be required to present their photo admission ticket for admittance to their designated test center.

o Students who registered online will be able to print out their admission ticket by logging onto their online College Board account.

o Students who registered by mail can choose to have the admission ticket mailed or emailed prior to test day.

* Students arriving at the test center without both their photo admission ticket and an acceptable form of photo ID will not be admitted to the test center. 

* The Test Center Supervisor rosters used to admit test-takers to the test center will include each test-taker’s:
          o First and last name
          o Date of birth
          o Gender
          o Test type (SAT or SAT Subject Tests)
          o Attending high school

* Test center supervisors also will have access to a printable on-line register of the photos uploaded during registration for each student registered to test at that test center.

* Test-takers will be subject to additional ID checks throughout test day. Test-takers will be required to present both their photo admission ticket and an acceptable form of photo ID:
          o Upon entry to test center
          o Upon entry to their test room
          o Upon reentry to their test room following breaks
          o Upon collection of their answer sheet

* Test-takers will be required to sign a more comprehensive certification statement on the SAT answer sheet:
          o Attesting to the accuracy of the information provided on their admission ticket and answer sheet
          o Agreeing to comply with all test security and fairness policies
          o Acknowledging that engaging in impersonation could result in referral to law enforcement and prosecution

Post-Test-Day Enhancements:

* High schools will automatically receive scores for all test-takers enrolled at that high school.

* A registration data repository will be created containing the information and photo provided by the test-taker at the time of registration and used to produce the photo admission ticket required for test center admittance. High schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions that receive SAT scores will have access to the repository, as will the ETS Office of Testing Integrity. The registration data repository will not include test scores.
 

Read the College Board news release HERE.