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Cheating Scandal Leads To New SAT Rules

April 1, 2012 by Geneva Reid
Posted in: Special Report


The SAT and ACT entrance exams just got a little tougher — with these new rules in place to prevent cheating.  Students are now required to present a photo when signing up for college entrance exams, according to The New York Times.

Exam officials will make sure the photo matches whatever ID the student uses when going in to take the test.

The goal, of course, is to prevent cheating.

If you’ve ever watched the TV show “Suits,” you know the idea of one student taking entrance exams for another isn’t unique — and if you believe the show, it doesn’t seem particularly difficult.

But 20 Long Island high school students were caught doing just that last fall. Five of them were high-scorers and took tests for not-so-high-scoring students. The other 15 high schoolers were charged with paying anywhere from $500 to $3,600 to have someone take the test for them.

So here’s how it’s going to work:

Students signing up for the SAT or ACT exams will have to upload or mail in a photo of themselves.

This will be printed on both the admissions tickets and the test center’s roster, giving proctors two methods of making sure the student actually is who he says he is.

And one more change:

It is no longer up to the students to say whether their scores will be sent to their high school — it’s now a requirement.

Will this take care of future cheating incidents?

It should “go a long way in eliminating impersonation,” FairTest Director Robert Schaeffer told the Times.

But he adds the new rules do “nothing about the more significant and widespread problem of collaboration inside the test center or simply copying.”

Do you think the new rules will prevent cheating — or is it more of a Band-Aid on a broken arm?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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