College Board Tightens SAT Security

The College Board, owner of the SAT college entrance exam, on Wednesday announced plans to strengthen security following reports of cheating and test stealing in recent years, the Associated Press reported.

The New York-based company outlined new measures to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters, including reducing the number of times the test is given outside the United States and increasing the auditing of test centers. The College Board will also alert law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad of companies and people it suspects of illegally obtaining test content. Additionally, the company will take steps to make it easier for students and educators to anonymously report suspected cheating.

The College Board canceled college entrance exams in China and Macau last year after determining some students may have obtained copies of the tests. Forty-five testing centers were affected, and similar problems have plagued the administration of the test in Asia in recent years, though cheating has occurred elsewhere, as well. A Reuters investigation found that SAT test leaks were even more pervasive than the company had acknowledged.

"We are unwavering in our commitment to SAT test security," Peter Schwartz, the College Board's chief administrative officer and general counsel, said in a written statement. "We will continue to confront any efforts to undermine it, including the unauthorized disclosure of test questions and test forms."


The Associated Press