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ACT Announces New Test Security Protocols

March 28 2012

IOWA CITY, IOWA – ACT is proud to announce new safeguards that will further ensure score integrity and meet students in the advanced technology world they live in today. During the upcoming 2012-2013 testing year, the following protocols will be implemented:

  • Students will be required to upload their photo at the time they register.
  • The uploaded photo will be printed on the student’s admission ticket and on the roster the testing staff use to check in students on the day of the test.
  • On test day, testing staff will match the uploaded photo with the roster and the student’s ID.
  • After testing, the uploaded photo will be available to the high school the student attends.

“Under our revised test security protocols,” said Jon Erickson ACT Education president, “test security will be enhanced by the latest web and photography technology, while being reinforced by the people who know the students best — the teachers and counselors at their high schools.”

Like the vast majority of students, ACT understands the importance of honest test scores. We also know the importance of ensuring that students maintain access to the educational opportunities the ACT test provides. Our solution achieves both objectives, by investing our own reserves so that the new protocols do not impact the normal cost of the test.

ACT continues to work out the operational details for the new test security protocols. Information about new procedures will be distributed to testing staff through normal communication channels and to students, parents, teachers, and the general public through the website ACTstudent.org.

For more information, please visit act.org/newsroom/announce/testprocedures.html.