Taking the SAT test as a part of a high school student’s application process for college is a stressful event for many high school students and it has only gotten worse during the Coronavirus pandemic.  The next date for the SAT tests is May 8th with a registration deadline of April 8th and a late registration deadline of April 27th.  Recently, high school students and their parents are reporting receiving telephone calls purporting to be from the College Board offering to provide home practice tests, workbooks and CDs to assist the student in preparing for the upcoming tests.  The cost of these materials is usually around $200.  Sometimes, the callers ask for personal information such as the student’s Social Security number. These calls are from scammers posing as College Board employees and the materials you get if you provide them with your credit card are worthless, if you get anything at all.  Additionally, if you provide them with your Social Security number, you will end up becoming a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

An easy way to recognize if the phone call or email is a scam is to merely know that the College Board never asks for credit card information, bank account information or password information over the phone or through an email. Anytime you get a call purporting to be from the College Board asking for any of this information, you can be confident that it is a scam. The College Board will only call students and their families in response to student-generated inquiries or to provide students and their families with information about tests for which the student is registered.  Even if your Caller ID indicates that the call is coming from the College Board, as I have told you many times, scammers can manipulate your Caller ID through a technique called “spoofing” to make it appear as if the call is coming from the College Board when, in fact, it is coming from a scammer.

There are a number of legitimate companies that do offer SAT prep materials, however, there are also are scammers offering to sell you worthless materials. If you are considering using a SAT test prep service, research the company before sending any money. You also can inquire of your child’s school’s guidance counselor as to what are good companies for test prep.

Finally, the trend of colleges and universities not requiring applicants to take the SAT test has increased during the pandemic.  Here is a link to a list of colleges and universities that do not require applicants to take the SAT.  https://www.collegelifetoday.com/blog/tips/college-not-requiring-sat

For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.”  Scamicide has been cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

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