In response to a cheating scandal last year, students taking the SAT and ACT exams will now be required to send in a photograph when signing up for the exams, The New York Times reports. The pictures will be printed on the roster at the test center and on their admission tickets, and be used to compare with the IDs brought in by students on testing day, as well as their actual faces.
Until now, test-takers had a choice as to whether their scores would be sent to their high schools, but now it is required. The schools will also receive a photo of the student along with his/her score. Students must now share their birth date and gender, and “certify their identity in writing at the test center and acknowledge the possibility of prosecution for impersonation.” There will no longer be standby test registration, as students will not be able to register on test day.
One change that has drawn some debate is if colleges will receive students’ photos along with their scores. While this measure can serve as another check against cheating, many have objected that the photos could “unduly sway the admissions process.” Experts at testing companies are looking into the matter.