Test Security and Fairness

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The Test Security and Fairness policies are designed to give every student a standardized, fair, and equitable opportunity to demonstrate college readiness and to prevent anyone from gaining an unfair advantage on SAT tests.

When you register to take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and will comply with these Test Security and Fairness policies.

  • You must present acceptable photo identification for admission to the test center. You are responsible for understanding and following the SAT Test-Taker Identification Requirements and Policies.
  • Allowing someone to impersonate you to take a College Board test, or engaging in impersonation to take a test for someone else, is strictly prohibited.
  • Your scores and your registration information, including the photo you provided, will be made available to your high school. In the event of an investigation involving the validity of your test scores, your photo may be made available to institutions to which you have sent your scores. Any college that is granted access to your photo will first be required to certify that you are an admitted student.
  • Sharing of test questions or answers is prohibited at any time. Never give questions or answers to anyone or discuss them by any means (e.g., email, text message, exchange via the Internet, or any other form of communication). There is never any point in time at which you are allowed to discuss exam content unless it is released as part of a College Board service (such as the Question-and-Answer Service).
  • The use of phones and certain other electronic devices is prohibited in SAT test centers. You are responsible for understanding and following the phones and electronic devices policy.
  • Test materials are secured before, during, and after the test. You are prohibited from accessing secured test materials at any time before, during, or after the test. You are also prohibited from reading test materials without completing an answer sheet. If you leave your answer sheet blank, you are subject to dismissal.
  • If you exit the building before testing ends, your scores will be canceled.
  • While you are taking the test, you should not allow anyone to see the test questions or your answers — your test booklet and answer sheet should remain flat on your desk at all times.
  • The timing of each test section is strictly scheduled. You cannot skip ahead or go back to a previous test or test section in the test book or answer sheet while taking either the SAT or SAT Subject Tests.
  • If your SAT Essay does not reflect your original and individual work, your entire test score may be canceled.
  • You may not consult textbooks, other people, electronic devices, or any other resources during the test or during breaks.
  • Calculators may not be shared, and may only be on your desk during applicable mathematics test sections or tests.
  • If you fail to comply with these Test Security and Fairness policies, you may be dismissed from the test center, and your scores may be withheld or canceled. If you are dismissed from the test center prior to completing the test because of failure to comply with these Test Security and Fairness policies, your test fees will not be refunded.
  • Legal action may be taken against test-takers who violate applicable laws.

To confidentially report any suspected violation of these Test Security and Fairness policies, or any suspicion concerning the security of an SAT test administration, please immediately contact the Office of Testing Integrity by phone at 609-406-5430 or 800-257-5123 (test day only), or by email at testsecurity@info.collegeboard.org.

Consequences of Violating Security Policies

The College Board regularly enhances the security of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests to ensure valid, reliable scores are delivered to colleges and universities, and to protect each student’s opportunity to demonstrate their abilities on a fair and level playing field.

As stated in the SAT and SAT Subject Tests Registration Booklet (.pdf/1.7MB) and in the SAT Terms and Conditions (.pdf/116KB), “violation of policies related to test security can result in denial of entry to or immediate dismissal from the test center, cancellation of scores, or a ban from future test taking.”

The College Board will prohibit individuals from taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or AP exams when we conclude they have deliberately gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test, or otherwise threatened the integrity of the test. Examples include viewing or capturing images with a cell phone on test day or being caught with a “cheat sheet” containing test content, answer keys, or other content that would provide an unfair advantage.

The duration of an individual’s ban may vary depending on the circumstances and severity of the violation, as determined by the College Board’s discretion. The College Board reserves the right to share information, including the names of banned test takers, with their attending high schools and interested higher education institutions.

Appeals of the ban will be considered and decided at the College Board’s discretion.