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College Board Seeks to Tighten SAT Security Worldwide

The College Board, which owns the SAT, is taking steps to strengthen security following a wave of cheating and test stealing, the Associated Press reports.

In moves that will be formally announced on Wednesday, the New York-based company hopes to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters. Planned reforms include cutting back on the number of international testing dates from six to four, communicating with law-enforcement agencies about people suspected of stealing test materials, and increasing audits at test centers worldwide.

The college-entrance examinations were canceled in China and Macau last year after the College Board learned that several students had copies of the exam, but misdeeds have gone even further than that. A Reuters investigation found that SAT-test leaks were even more pervasive than the College Board had acknowledged.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to SAT test security,” said Peter Schwartz, the College Board’s chief administrative officer, in a written statement. “We will continue to confront any efforts to undermine it, including the unauthorized disclosure of test questions and test forms.”

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