SAT Enhanced Security Measures for the 2012 – 2013 Academic Year
The changes below apply to the seven national and six international SAT and SAT Subject Test administrations that take place starting in fall 2012.
• Students must provide the name of their attending high school during registration.
• Students must submit a current, recognizable photo that will be included on a new photo admission ticket.
On Test Day
• Students must preregister for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. On test day, walk-in testing will not be permitted.
• On test day, test center changes will not be permitted.
• Test-type changes will no longer be permitted on test day (i.e., SAT to SAT Subject Tests or vice versa).
• Students must present their photo admission ticket to their designated test center.
• Students arriving at the test center without both their photo admission ticket and an acceptable form of photo ID will not be admitted to the test center.
• Test-takers will be subject to additional ID checks during test day and must present both their photo admission ticket and an acceptable form of photo ID upon entry to the test center and test room (including before and after breaks), and during collection of their answer sheet.
• Test-takers will be required to sign a more comprehensive certification statement on the SAT answer sheet.
After Test Day
• High schools will automatically receive scores for all test-takers enrolled at that high school.
• A registration data repository will be created containing the information and photo provided by the test-taker at the time of registration and used to produce the photo admission ticket required for test center admittance. High schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions that receive SAT scores will have access to the repository, as will the ETS Office of Testing Integrity. The registration data repository will not include test scores.
For more information on the enhanced SAT security measures, please go to:
The ACT will also implement security measures. Check back for more information.
Tips and Advice for Students
• Know and follow the rules
• Be prepared for a longer Test Day check-in process
• Be cooperative during ID spot checks throughout the Test Day
• Make sure that the photo you use during registration is how you want admissions officers to see you. To be safe, on Test Day, bring a printed copy of the same photo that you used during registration and bring a backup photo too (cell phones are not permitted at the test site so don't rely on your phone as a means of showing your photo).
If you have questions as Test Day approaches, contact your guidance office for additional information, or check back here for future updates.