Students taking the SAT or ACT this fall will be required to submit photo IDs with their applications after a cheating scandal in several high schools in New York's Long Island, reported the Associated Press.
The security change is one of many announced Tuesday after a cheating scandal where high-scoring students used fake IDs to take the entrance exams for other students. 20 teenagers were arrested were arrested last fall, five of them were accused of taking the test for others and the other 15 were accused of paying them $500 to $3600 to take the test, reported the New York Times.
The new rules will be applied nationwide and will take place next fall, according to the New York Times.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the previous security measures were too lax. She was also upset when she learned that a male student had taken the test for a female, reported the AP.
The new rules make students upload a photograph of themselves when they register for the ACT or SAT. Then an admission ticket into the testing site, with the photo, will be mailed to the student according to the AP.
Another new rule is a test-taker must list their high school when they sign up. This means the high school will receive the student's score as well as the uploaded photo, reported the New York Times.
Standby test registration where student's could sign up for the test on the day of the exam will be eliminated, reported the New York Times.