A lawsuit
was filed against the SAT and ACT
for selling
confidential data of students to colleges. Some states mandate that
all students must take one of these tests, whether they are college
bound or not. Students assume that their names and scores will be
shared with colleges to which they apply, but it turns out that far
more is disclosed about students, and it is sold, not just shared.
It appears that ACT and SAT are in the data-mining business for
their own gain. A lawsuit filed this week contends
that the College Board, which runs the SAT,
and ACT,
, sell identifying information
about the hundreds of thousands of teenagers who take the exams
each year without the students’
The test
companies are “masking the sale” of personal details about the
students “under the
guise of ‘sharing'” the teens’
with other
, the suit says. It says
the companies don’t disclose to students that their
personal information will be sold for profit

The companies collect data from test-takers, then sell
the teenagers’ names and personal details to colleges. The
universities use the information to market themselves to potential
Across the country, more
than 1.6 million students in this
year’s high school graduating class — including 101,368 in
Pennsylvania and 83,489 in New Jersey — took the
. Nearly 1.8 million graduating high
school students
— including 26,171 in Pennsylvania
and 24,202 in New Jersey — took the
The lawsuit says the companies
collect details about those students — such as their
names, home addresses, birth dates,
numbers and social security
— and sell it at a price of 33
cents per student, per buyer, but “at no time disclosed” to
test-takers that their information would be sold “to third parties
for monetary gain.”
On its
website, the College Board tells students it provides
information to educational organizations “looking for students like
you” but says the students’ scores, Social Security numbers and
phone numbers aren’t given to other parties.

Last month, the College Board increased
its fees for student information to
37 cents
per name; the ACT now charges 38 centsper