SAT-ACT Anti-Cheating Measures: Will They Work?
Photo Required for SAT, ACT Registration
Cheating on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams just got a lot harder, or so the College Board hopes.
Previously, a student needed photo ID to take the SAT or ACT; now that student must supply a photo in order to register for either exam in the first place. Also, pre-registration for a particular testing site is also required: students cannot just show up and hope for a seat.
Beginning with exams taken in September, students will have to submit a photo of themselves when they apply for a test. That photo will be printed on the student's test admission ticket and the roster provided to proctors at testing sites. Testing staff will compare the submitted photo to a photo ID and to the student in person at the testing site.
We're not sure about this. The actual security around the SAT and ACT is not really changing: it's only introducing a second photo to the process. Those who decide to cheat at the last minute ("OMG! I'm not ready! Better hit craigslist and find someone to take my test on Saturday!") would be thwarted, but not those who have decided to cheat as a long-term strategy.
If a student is hiring someone else to take his or her exam, will that student not just hire the cheater earlier, and use the cheater's photo for the registration?