I went to take my Social Studies content test yesterday, and I was amazed at the security involved. I was not allowed to bring anything into the room with me except my id. Everything, including my hair tie, had to be locked in a locker outside the testing room. I was wanded, had to roll up my pants legs and shirt sleeves to show I wasn't hiding anything, and had my glasses inspected for cameras or listening devices. When I last took a test, back in 2004, I had to have id, and my purse was in the room, just not with me. I was also allowed a drink on my desk. I assume this is because either people are cheating, or test companies are being accused of people cheating. If people are cheating, that is so sad to me. This company does tests for teaching, civil service, etc, so these are tests that you need to be able to pass to show that know how to do your job. Why would you cheat on a test that says you know how to do something, but you actually don't, and then go try to figure out that job. What if it's a life and death job, like an EMT exam or a nursing exam? It scares me that there are people out there who are willing to cheat to get a job they can't do. I do wish we could do this sort of security for SOL tests. It would make the kids realize how important they are.