Drawing by Laura Reyome
Starting in the 2012-13 college admissions cycle, students will have a hard time hiring imposters to take the SAT or ACT for them. You can read about the enhanced security measures in the press release on the College Board website: Enhanced SAT Security Measures Announced for 2012-13 Academic Year.
Some highlights of these new measures include:
- Students must submit (online or through the mail) a photo at the time of registration.
- Students who fail to identify the high school they attend can not register.
- Test center changes must be made in advance of the test.
- Standby testing will no longer be allowed.
- Students must present their photo admission ticket and a photo ID at the test center.
- Test center supervisors will have student information including a photo roster.
- Test-takers will be subject to additional ID checks throughout the day.
- Test-takers must sign a more comprehensive statement certifying their exams were taken honestly.
- High schools will receive all scores for their students.
- High schools and colleges will have access to students' registration information including the photos.
So even though I have not worked for the FBI or CIA, I'd like to offer ACT and the College Board these suggestions for added test security:
- A herd of specially trained dogs will prowl each test center to sniff out cheaters.
- All test takers must be fingerprinted and eye scanned at the time of registration. All test center entry gates will have thumbprint and retinal scanners.
- All test-takers must walk through full-body x-ray scanners before entering the exam center to make sure they haven't hidden any #1 or #3 pencils on their bodies.
- Test-takers must submit to random blood and urine tests designed to detect cheating.
- No beverages over 3 ounces will be allowed in the test center.
- Immediately following the exam, all test-takers will be boarded onto aircraft and flown to undisclosed overseas locations for rendition. Waterboarding can be used whenever cheating is suspected.
- Ivy League Special Ops forces can awaken applicants in the middle of the night to make sure they can define "adumbrate," "grandiloquence" and "solipsistic."