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College Board Improves Security Measures To Stem SAT Cheating, Critics Unimpressed


The College Board, the firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam, has recently announced a comprehensive set of policies in efforts to enhance the test's security. It is part of the company's commitment to ensure that cheating will be lessened or, ideally, ended.

The new measures are expected to ensure the integrity of the students' scores which are delivered to colleges and universities. It is also intended to protect the majority of students who prepare for the test honestly.

In its official website, the College Board described the new measures as "the most robust and direct actions" that an entrance exam provider has taken against systematized cheating. It was revealed that the rising number of organizations that steal and sell SAT test content to students is focused in a few international locations, which is why College Board's new measures should be implemented globally.

Peter Schwartz, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at the firm, said that they are continuing in their commitment to the security of the SAT test. They will also persist in battling the efforts to undermine it, which includes the unauthorized disclosure of test questions and forms.

The new measures include the reduction of international testing dates for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. It will now be administered only in October, December, March and May. SAT Subject Tests will be made available in October, November, December, May and June.

The College Board will also be notifying the public about the names of test prep companies and individuals that are suspected to be involved in the cheating issue. The company will be increasing test center audits globally as well.

According to Reuters, via U.S. News, the entrance exam provider had administered some tests overseas even when it knew that the questions had been leaked. Just last month, the scores of an undisclosed number of overseas SAT test-takers had been canceled because of the issue.

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