College Guide


July 23, 2012 10:00 AM The Debate Behind New Policies of College Entrance Exams

By Christine Chun

Rice, however, clarified that since administrators will send a follow-up report, along with the photograph, to each student’s high school after the exam, the new policy will not only deter cheating, but also make it easier to detect cheaters. Rice added that the College Board’s database would have the photograph file in case of future allegations of cheating as well.

The SAT and ACT scores to play an important role in a student’s university admission, as they are generally in the top three most important factors for admission. And because of the significance of exam scores, the exam administrators’ roles are important as well: how they design and regulate the tests can affect each student’s score.

So, how will the new ID requirement affect the students and the exam system? Will it deter cheating? Or are the extra security measures unnecessary? We may have to wait for the next standardized testing cheating scandal to find out.

Christine Chun is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan.


  • Dixie Hart on October 26, 2012 6:32 AM:

    I am both a mother and a teacher. I have observed my daughter, who is 17 yrs old and an A student - yes, with a few Bs on her transcript, struggling with self esteem issues as she takes the SATs. I finally told her that SAT scores do not make the student. It is her focus, determination, and commitment to her studies that makes the difference. I reminded her that when we visited schools like Brown and Yale and Harvard, that she really didn't like the atmosphere - which had an elitist feel to them.. That, in fact, she was more comfortable in a university setting. Her grades were great, and that a grade average of 3.85 overall was a wonderful grade average. So? She's not a test taker. That doesn't mean that she is not college material.

    I have now taken one more stand against public education - the amount of money we waste on assessment in this country is astounding. Rather, why not put that money directing into the students themselves - tutoring, counseling, projects. How about a portfolio assessment? Or, why not extend the hours for the SAT - some of us do not believe in this kind of competitive, high speed nonsense that does not translate into much in real life.

    Then I noticed that many colleges are not requiring the SATs or the ACT anymore. They simply look at the student's high school grades, activities, and commitment. I, for one, am glad to see it. Having taught those students with high SAT scores (2100, 2200, etc.), they annoy me to no end. Description: A bit arrogant, self satisfied individuals who think their memory and middle class status will save them from the test of life. Nope, my friends, it does not and never will.