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Taking the SAT? A Tougher Test Day ID Protocol is on the Way!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Fasten Your Seatbelts, SAT and ACT Test-Takers!
A few rotten apples spoil the bushel. Those dozens of Long Island students who illegally took the SAT or ACT tests in place of the student named on the actual exam entrance ticket have made life a lot harder for all of us.

Beginning with the exams next fall (September ACT and October SAT), new rules will apply nationwide in order to ensure test security and counter attempts at impersonation.  Here’s the deal:

Upon registering for a test date on line, a student will have to upload a personal photo. That photo will then appear on the admission ticket that the student prints out. The photo will remain in the testing service’s database, and will be accessible to both high school and college admissions personnel.

Upon registering, a student will now be required to indicate gender. This additional requirement is a direct result of the Long Island test-taking scandal.

Here’s yet another new rule: test-takers will be required to list their high school when they register for an exam to ensure that high school administrators receive students’ scores along with the uploaded photo.

Home-schooled students or others who are not in high school, will have a slightly different registration process to follow. Now, here’s the kicker.

In a significant departure from the past, the testing services indicated that standby test registration (also referred to as same-day registration) in which students can register the day they take the test, would be eliminated. Not on the proctor’s printed roster? No entry. No sufficient ID? No entry.

What does this mean in practice? Plan ahead! Pick your test date well in advance. Get some counsel about the best test prep and test-taking schedule to pursue—starting as a sophomore at the latest! Don’t be among those latecomers who wake up to these college entrance tests at the very end of the junior year!

--Barry Mallis