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SAT Tightens Security Against Cheaters

Students will have to send in photos in advance

(Newser) - The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams, under a host of new security measures announced today in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal on Long Island. The two... More »

Students Can Hide Low Scores With New SAT Policy

(Newser) - “What did you get on your SATs?” is now a multiple-choice question. A policy enacted last month allows students who take the test several times to pick which score they send to colleges, the Washington Post reports. But many schools aren’t thrilled with the change, and a quarter... More »

PSAT Will Expand College Testing Stress to Jr. High

Earlier exam will help students prep, College Board says

(Newser) - The College Board will start offering the PSAT to eighth-graders in 2010, the LA Times reports. Students normally take the exam, a precursor of the SAT, in 10th or 11th grade, but kids have been signing up earlier in recent years. Critics charge that the College Board is pushing the... More »

Arrivederci to AP Italian? Not So Fast, Educators Say

Groups mount effort to save funding-starved language test

(Newser) - Italian-American groups, outraged the Advanced Placement course in Italian language and culture could soon be shelved, have mobilized to save it. The College Board, which administers the AP program, plans to cut the $84 test and three others because of meager enrollment and funding. “We cannot have the Italian... More »

Ruling Lets Students Pick Top SAT Score

Officials slam new policy as benefit to wealthy kids

(Newser) - High school students can soon pick which of their SAT scores are sent to colleges, the Los Angeles Times reports. Starting with the class of 2010, the College Board, which administers the exam, will reverse its policy of sending all results—good, bad, or indifferent. A spokesman said the change... More »

Average Private College Tuition Rises to $32,307

Increase of 3.9% is biggest in six years

(Newser) - The average annual cost of attending a private four-year college increased nearly 4% to $32,307 this school year, the biggest increase since 2001, the College Board said today. Tuition at four-year public schools rose 3.8 percent to $13,589, the report said. The figures, adjusted for inflation, do... More »

Average SAT Score Slips Again

College Board dismisses 'a couple points,' touts test-takers' diversity

(Newser) - The average SAT score for 2007 was the lowest in years, but that's not necessarily bad news. Scores from round two of the revamped college-entrance exam declined an average of seven points nationwide, which the College Board chalks up to greater participation, particularly among students who weren't on a traditional... More »

Students Win $2.85M on SATs

College Board settles class-action lawsuit over incorrect scores

(Newser) - Students who took the SAT exam in 2005 and received incorrect scores have settled a class-action lawsuit with the test makers to the tune of $2.85 million, the New York Times reports. Over 4,000 students who sat the examination received scores that were artificially low—as much as... More »

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