Cracking down on SAT and ACT cheaters

The College Board, the division that administers the SAT exam, is taking a closer look at its security procedures prompted by a notorious cheating scandal in New York.

(MoneyWatch) SAT and ACT cheaters beware. It's going to get considerably harder to cheat on either the ACT or SAT.

ACT Inc. and the College Board announced steps on Tuesday to crack down on test imposters. The changes were triggered by a testing scandal last year in Nassau County, N.Y., which revealed that students were paying in some cases thousands of dollars to have someone else take their tests. Dozens of students in Long Island were implicated and 60 Minutes interviewed a college student who acknowledged taking the tests for others.

Under the new rules, students will be required to submit a current, recognizable photo when they register online for the SAT or ACT. Students registering by mail will have to include a photo. The photo will be printed on the required admission ticket.

On test day, students must bring a photo ID which will be compared to the photo on the admission ticket. As part of the crackdown on impersonators, students can no longer change their testing location on the day of the test or take the test standby.

Test takers could be subject to additional ID checks throughout the test day including when students return from the bathroom and after breaks.

Students must also list their high school when signing up for either test and the scores and the photos will be available for high schools and colleges.

It's a shame that the testing services had to take these measures, but ensuring the accuracy of these tests is important. It's unfortunate that some students feel so desperate that they are willing to go to such lengths to beat the system.