Enhancing Test Security and Expanding the International SAT Administration Calendar
Enhancing Test Security and Expanding the International SAT Administration CalendarCollege Board Communications
The College Board regularly keeps our members and other educators abreast of new developments in our work to ensure the integrity of the testing process and provide students in the U.S. and across the globe with opportunities to take the SAT in a fair testing environment.
In recent months, the College Board has significantly expanded capacity to develop and pretest items and to produce forms. We have implemented new test security measures to strengthen prevention and detection techniques and increase deterrence. We have expanded the team focused exclusively on test security. We also continue to take actions to maintain and expand access to students internationally.
Below is more detailed information about our recent efforts:
- We will be adding a fifth international SAT administration back into the testing schedule, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. The College Board is working directly with international educators to determine the optimal administration schedule to support international students. While data indicate that with four administrations in the test calendar international students are still testing at the same frequency as in years past, increasing the number of administrations in order to provide sufficient and convenient testing opportunities for students, while ensuring the integrity of the test, remains a top priority.
- The College Board is pleased to share the news of two important new hires for its growing Test Security Department: Camille Thompson is joining as Executive Director of Test Security and Tom Denzler is joining as Senior Director of Test Security. Thompson is a leading, well-respected expert in the field of test security, most recently overseeing ACT’s global test center network. Denzler has a 24-year career as a military leader and senior law enforcement specialist, most recently commanding a team of 650 individuals and supervising the Army’s investigations into procurement fraud; cyber-crime affecting Army networks and systems; and alleged war crimes and acts of terrorism against U.S. persons, property, and interests.
They join their colleagues in the Risk Management Division, the dozens of other individuals at the College Board who are already working hard to enhance all aspects of test security, as well as the full team of experts at ETS’ Office of Testing Integrity.
- Test Center Supervisors are now routinely collecting test takers’ cell phones during all SAT administrations.
- Individuals are banned from taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement Exams when we conclude they have deliberately gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test. The College Board reserves the right to share the names of banned test takers with their attending high school and interested higher education institutions. The College Board recently banned students from taking our assessments, including one who was caught with an answer sheet and another who attempted to take photos of the test.
- On Friday, October 13, the College Board hosted the inaugural meeting of its international advisory group in New York City. This group – which includes international counselors, school heads, and admissions officers from U.S. and international institutions – will provide feedback and guidance moving forward on issues impacting international students, including test security.