Digitalized SATs – are they the way forward?
The face of SATs as we know it is changing – soon a standard SAT experience may be digital. The College Board, the company behind the SAT, announced earlier this year that it would be expanding access to a digital version of the test. A practice online version is already running, and some districts may be fully equipped with the digital version in spring of 2018.
In 2016, more than 5,000 students in 17 districts took the SAT online within the College Board’s ‘school day’ testing program, which allowed students to take the test on a regular school day instead of on the weekend.
The College Board indicated that more online SATs mean easier accommodation for students with special needs, as well as an eventual quick turnaround time. In addition, it saves paper and resources and could reduce the number of misunderstood markings.
While there are a lot of benefits to online SATs, it also comes with its own set of cyber security concerns. In Florida, a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack prevented students around the state from taking a digital standardized test for three days. Repeated attacks could be made, hindering the entire process.
Schools can easily combat this risk by adopting intrusion detection for suspicious traffic.
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