New Security Measures

beginning of content:

The College Board is committed to SAT test security and will continue confronting attempts to undermine it, including the unauthorized disclosure of test questions and forms.

In all of our efforts, we’ve worked to strike a balance between preventing anyone from gaining an unfair advantage and providing testing opportunities for the majority of students who follow the rules.

New measures announced in February 2017 will increase security and preserve the integrity of SAT scores. They include:

  • Reducing the international testing dates for the SAT to four for the 2017–18 and 2018–19 school years with administrations in October, December, March, and May. Recognizing that international students use both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests to build competitive applications, SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June.
  • Canceling the June 2017 international SAT administration, as part of the change to the international test administration schedule. SAT Subject Tests will be available during the June 2017 administration.
  • Providing the names of test-prep companies and individuals we suspect of stealing and receiving secure test content to law enforcement and other government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Prohibiting individuals from taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement® Exams when we conclude they have gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test.
  • Working with colleges and high schools to explore effective ways to inform them—consistent with applicable laws and contractual obligations—when their applicants or attending students, respectively, have gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test.
  • Increasing test center audits worldwide.
  • Making it easier for students and educators to confidentially and anonymously report suspected cheating.
  • Expanding the College Board’s criteria for barring registrants who are taking the SAT for reasons other than one of its intended purposes.

These policies will be enacted for future administrations. We will provide more details in spring 2017.