SAT Called Off in 3 Countries

Security problems are blamed. Some say the test was for sale in advance of scheduled administration.

March 11, 2019

The College Board last week called off plans to give the SAT on Saturday in Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

A statement from the College Board said that the test was canceled in those countries and at "a few select test centers in other countries" based on a "test security matter."

"The College Board and its test administration and security provider, Education Testing Service (ETS), are committed to insuring that all test takers have the same opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and that the scores we deliver to universities are accurate and valid," the statement said.

The College Board plans to reschedule the tests.

Robert Schaeffer of FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which is a long-standing critic of the College Board, released a statement saying FairTest had last week "received a tip from a source in the Middle East that an advance copy of the international version of the March 9 SAT was available for sale." Schaeffer added that "once again, the College Board and its test security contractor ETS have demonstrated the weakness of their global exam security system."

The College Board and other test providers have been forced to call off international administrations of their tests numerous times due to security issues. In other cases, the College Board has been criticized after reports that stolen tests -- generally sold outside the United States -- have given some test takers an unfair advantage.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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