This Privacy Statement applies to the programs and services we provide to individuals and to schools, districts, state departments of education, colleges, universities, and other organizations. This Privacy Statement also explains how we use and protect the personally identifiable information you share with us when you use sites and mobile apps owned and operated by College Board.
This Privacy Statement links to other areas where you can learn even more.
Personally Identifiable Information Collected
College Board provides programs and services to individuals as well as to institutions. The information we may collect varies and depends on who we are serving and in which programs and services they are participating.
The types and categories of personal data collected is further specified in Program-Specific Privacy Policies, Supplemental Resources, and our agreements with educational institutions, which may include contact information; demographic information; information to verify an individual’s identity; information for test administration such as their disability; device information; information about students’ interests, educational experience, and plans for after they graduate high school; educational institutional affiliation; or information about professionals’ role(s) at an educational institution.
Information collected from individuals.
College Board collects personally identifiable information that you provide to us and about your use of our programs and services.
Individuals do not need to create an online account to view and use most of our website. If you are a student, you may create a “student” account, and if you are an educator, representative of an educational institution, or exam administrator (exam coordinator or proctor), you may create a “professional” account.
- Student Accounts: Students need a College Board account to register for tests directly with us, view and send scores, personalize their web experience, or use certain tools on our site, such as the college and career tools on the BigFuture® pages of our site. Student account creation requires acceptance of Legal Terms for Students. Student accounts are personal to and belong to the student who creates the account and serve as the student’s gateway to various College Board programs and services.
- Professional Accounts: Education professionals need a College Board account to perform certain tasks or save personalized information. Professional account creation requires acceptance of the Legal Terms for Educators and Institutions. Professional accounts are created by professionals acting solely in their capacity as authorized representatives of their respective institutions and are not for their personal use.
For any programs and services requiring payment for which a credit card is used, credit card information will be collected and processed by a third-party payment processor. A tokenization approach is used through which no credit card information is stored in our systems.
Information collected from other sources.
College Board collects personally identifiable information from schools, districts, state departments of education, colleges, universities, and other third parties. When College Board has an agreement with a school, district, state department of education, or higher education institution to provide assessments, financial aid services, and/or other educational services, it only collects students’ and educators’ information as necessary to provide those services.
We may receive information about you from other sources, such as third parties who have authority to share the information. We may also collect information automatically such as through cookies as further described here.
Information Use and Disclosure
College Board uses and discloses your personally identifiable information to carry out our organization’s mission for the following purposes.
- Serve Educational Institutions. When College Board has an agreement with a school, district, state department of education, or higher education institution to provide assessments, financial aid services, and/or other educational services, it uses and discloses students’ and educators’ personally identifiable information as necessary to provide those services and for other limited purposes permitted by our agreements. College Board fully complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. s. 1232g, and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. pt. 99 (“FERPA”), and state student data privacy laws, as applicable.
- Consent. We will use and disclose your personally identifiable information with your consent and at your direction.
- Educational Reporting. We provide student information in accordance with our contracts and applicable international and domestic law to high schools, districts, colleges, governmental agencies, and to third parties to whom these organizations request College Board provide student information to support their educational, diagnostic, and/or reporting purposes.
- Operational Third Parties. We use and disclose personally identifiable information to third parties providing services to College Board as necessary for their performance of those services, such as:
- administering testing services,
- producing and generating student score reports,
- processing CSS Profile applications and requests for financial information,
- administering scholarship and recognition programs,
- developing instructional materials and tools,
- providing customer service,
- sending email and SMS communications,
- supporting the operation, hosting, and enhancing of our website(s),
- event registration and administration,
- payment processing, and
- fulfilling orders and shipping.
These vendors cannot relicense, sell, rent, or otherwise repurpose the information. These organizations have contractual requirements to protect personally identifiable information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.
- Customer Service. We use personally identifiable information to maintain your account and to verify user identity during customer service calls and respond to specific requests.
- Web Experience. We use personally identifiable information to customize and/or personalize your website experience, such as prefilling a test registration with stored personally identifiable information or fulfilling online purchase requests or other transactions performed on our website(s). See Cookies and Web Experience for more details.
- Research: We use personally identifiable information for research consistent with our mission, such as with respect to:
- psychometric validity (e.g., does an assessment reliably and consistently measure what it’s supposed to measure, including across subgroups, and is that measurement predictive of performance in college?),
- assessment and program design and improvement (e.g., is there a better way to measure this skill?),
- safeguarding test security and fairness,
- student engagement and program effectiveness (e.g., do students who do this activity learn or otherwise receive the intended benefits?),
- identifying and producing public reports about trends in education, and
- supporting educational research (with aggregated and de-identified data) by educational institutions and other reputable third party organizations.
For more information about our research, visit our Research page.
- Internal Analytics. We use personally identifiable information to maintain, develop, support, improve, and diagnose College Board products, services, and applications.
- Parents and Legal Guardians. If you are under the age of 18, we may disclose your information to your parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s).
- Other Instances: We may also disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law, for example, to comply with a subpoena or other legal process, when we believe in good faith that it’s necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety, or the safety of others, investigate and help prevent fraud, or respond to a government request.
College Board may use and disclose anonymized, aggregated, and de-identified data, except to the extent such disclosure may be limited by law or in an agreement it may have with an individual or institution.
Access to Your Information and Data Retention
College Board will give you information about whether we have, or process on behalf of a third party, any of your personally identifiable information. You can also access, correct, or ask questions about your personally identifiable. To make these requests, please complete the Your Privacy Choices webform, contact us via email at [email protected], or contact Customer Service. We’ll respond to these requests within a reasonable timeframe and as required by applicable law.
Customer Service Contact Information:
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
Phone: (844) 849-3551
If you have a College Board account, you may access and correct your information by logging in to your account at https://my.collegeboard.org/profile.
We may retain your information as needed for legitimate educational purposes, to provide services to you or your educational institution, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. College Board uses secure methods to delete or destroy personally identifiable information.
You can ask us to disable your College Board account. If College Board disables your account, you won’t be able to access your account or any associated scores, send your scores, or see information related to any other account activity. You’ll also be unsubscribed from our marketing communications and Student Search Service, if applicable. Once your account has been disabled, it cannot be restored.
Colorado residents—see our Colorado Supplemental Privacy Notice for additional information about your rights. EU and Brazil residents—see our EU and Brazil Privacy Notice for additional information about your rights.
Communications and Marketing
College Board uses your personally identifiable information to contact you about our programs and services. Based on your choices, we may send you two types of emails and texts: transactional communications and optional marketing communications. See SMS (Texting) Program-Specific information for more details.
- Transactional emails and texts relate directly to your participation in a College Board program or service or an action you took on our site.
- Optional marketing emails and texts inform individuals about College Board programs, services, newsletters, alerts, events, and surveys. When you create a College Board account, you’re given the option to receive marketing communications from us. Users can opt in to get these emails or texts and can change their communication preferences at any time. To unsubscribe from commercial emails:
- Click the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of any College Board email
- Reply STOP to a text message
- Manage your email subscriptions through your College Board account
- Contact us at privacy.collegeboard.org/contact-us
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
Attention: User Account Manager
Cookies and Website Usage
Like most websites, our systems gather certain information automatically. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, referring/exit pages, the files viewed on our site (e.g., web pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. This information is used to analyze usage trends in the aggregate and administer and improve the site.
Cookies and other technologies such as beacons, pixels, tags, and scripts are used by College Board for analytics in analyzing trends, administering and improving the site, tracking users’ movements around the site, and to gather demographic information about our user base. We may collect analytics data or use third-party analytics tools such as Adobe Analytics, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the sites and understand more about the demographics of our users. You can learn more about Adobe’s practices at Adobe Experience Cloud privacy.
Cookie Controls: Most web browsers provide controls that let you block or delete cookies. Generally, you can go to your browser’s Help section and see instructions for blocking or deleting cookies. However, certain features College Board uses on its site depend on cookies. If you turn off your cookie settings you can still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited.
Third Parties and Online Advertising: We do not display any advertising on our site. If you sign up to receive information about College Board programs, we may use third parties, such as Facebook, to provide information about our educational programs and services. Only hashed, non-identifiable information is provided to these third parties. We do not share personally identifiable information with any of these platforms, and they can only use what limited data we share to provide services to us. You can opt out of these communications in your account settings page at my.collegeboard.org/profile by clicking on Subscriptions.
When you visit certain pages on our website, such as BigFuture, we use marketing pixels to record information about the user's browsing session including the URL viewed, which is sent to third parties such as Facebook (or similar platform). No personal information is contained in or collected as a result of using these pixels.
When we share usage data from our site with marketing partners to improve the efficiency and quality of our advertising, the data that is shared is anonymous.
For more information about interest-based advertising and how you can opt out from some of it, visit the NAI Consumer Opt Out page or the Digital Advertising Alliance Your Ad Choices site. You can also manage certain advertising cookies by visiting the EU-based Your Online Choices and the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada site. You may also be able to limit interest-based advertising through the settings on your mobile device by selecting “limit ad tracking” (iOS) or “opt out of interest-based ads” (Android). You may also be able to opt out of some, but not all, interest-based ads served by mobile ad networks by visiting Your Ad App Choices. Please note that opting out of receiving interest-based advertising through NAI’s and DAA’s online resources will only opt out a user from receiving interest-based ads on that specific browser or device, but they may still receive interest-based ads on their other devices. You must opt out on each browser or device you use.
YouTube: We use the YouTube service to display videos related to our programs and services, such as college and career planning and opportunities and training for educators. YouTube uses tracking technologies, which may be present in the videos embedded on YouTube, which may collect information from your browser when you view the video, including device identifiers and/or cookie IDs. This information is collected directly and automatically by YouTube and its partners; College Board does not participate in these data transmissions. College Board does not provide any personally identifiable information, such as usernames, to YouTube. You can learn more about Google’s practices and control your settings on the service at YouTube policies.
Colorado residents—see our Colorado Supplemental Privacy Notice for additional information about cookies and targeted advertising.
Protection and Security of Information
College Board has a variety of reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards in place to protect the security and confidentiality of personally identifiable information. We follow industry-recognized security practices and standards to protect the personally identifiable information submitted to us, both during transmission and once it’s received. College Board has ISO 27001 and SOC-2 certifications and is certified by third-party auditors annually to help us proactively manage risks and controls. However, because no data transmission over the internet nor any website, mobile application, database, or system can be guaranteed 100% secure, we can’t guarantee the security of information. If you have any questions about the security of your personally identifiable information, email us at [email protected].
Links: To give you additional resources and information, we may include third-party links such as to colleges, universities, access organizations, scholarship organizations, career information, test preparation, and site administration on our site. These linked sites have separate and independent privacy policies that you should read. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites, but we want to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites (including if a specific link doesn’t work).
Children Under 13
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information online from children under 13. If you know of a child giving us this type of information online, please send us a message or contact Customer Service to have the account deactivated.
International Users and Data Transfers
College Board, its website, and its website servers are located and operated in the United States, requiring your information to be transferred from your location to the United States, which may not provide the same level of protection for your personally identifiable information as your home country. The information may be available to the United States government or its agencies under a lawful order in the United States. When you give information to College Board through this website for any reason or otherwise send us your personally identifiable information, including for any of the services we offer, you acknowledge a cross-border transfer of that information to the United States. In addition, College Board works with a trusted third-party service provider, Alorica, to provide customer service with contact centers in the United States and the Philippines. If you do not agree to this international transfer of data, you shouldn’t use the website and the services it offers or otherwise send us your personally identifiable information. If you choose to revoke your consent to such transfer, and this is the lawful basis for the processing, we may cease processing your information. Depending on the service you’re using the website for, it may impact your ability to apply or be accepted to a U.S. college or university.
In certain countries, data protection and privacy laws provide individuals with certain rights, such as the right to access, correct, request deletion of, restrict or object to the processing of, or portability of your personally identifiable information. To exercise these rights, please complete the Your Privacy Choices webform or contact us via email at [email protected]. If you exercise or seek to exercise any of those rights, our obligations to respond are limited by and subject to applicable law.
EU and Brazil residents—please read the EU and Brazil Privacy Notice.
Changes to Our Privacy Statement
We sometimes update our Privacy Statement, so visit these pages periodically to review the latest changes. Policy changes will only apply to information collection after the date of change.
If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Statement or our privacy and data security practices, please contact us at [email protected]. You may also contact us at:
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
Phone: (844) 849-3551
Website Terms and Conditions
Please also visit our Legal Terms for Students and Legal Terms for Educators and Institutions, which establish the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website.
Jurisdiction-Specific Privacy Supplements
Notice of Your California Privacy Rights
California Residents—Your Privacy Rights: California law (California Civil Code Section 1798.83) permits residents of California to opt out of College Board disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes at any time. College Board will not disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing without giving you notice and getting your consent. Please note—this opt-out doesn’t prohibit disclosures for non-marketing purposes. You can opt out for free by contacting us or writing to:
11955 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Attention: Student Search Service
Please note that College Board is not subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) or to the California Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) as a nonprofit organization.
California Do Not Track Disclosure
Some browsers may be able to send a do not track signal to websites. The College Board site does not respond to do not track signals or similar mechanisms and requests.
Colorado Supplemental Privacy Notice
This supplemental privacy notice gives Colorado residents additional information required by the Colorado Privacy Act and its implementing regulations (CPA). These provisions, together with the statements in the College Board privacy notices, explain our practices for processing Colorado residents’ personal data to the extent CPA applies.
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information offline from children under 13 who may be consumers of our programs and services and covered by CPA. Please send us a message or contact Customer Service before providing any such information.
Your Rights: College Board respects your right to access, correct, and request deletion of your personally identifiable information and to portability of it as required by law. This means:
- You have a right to know if College Board maintains your personally identifiable information. If we do, you have the right to access it and request that we provide you a copy of your information (subject to the rights of others) in a portable, and, to the extent technically feasible, readily usable format that allows you to transmit it to another entity.
- If your information is inaccurate, you have the right to ask us to update it.
- You may ask us to delete your personally identifiable information.
To exercise these rights, please complete the Your Privacy Choices webform, contact us via email at [email protected], or write to us at the U.S. address provided in this Privacy Statement and our Customer Service team will assist you. You may also go to https://my.collegeboard.org/profile to access and correct certain personal data. Our ability to delete personal information will be limited when we’re required to retain records, as in connection with score reports and test security processes.
College Board also respects your right to opt out of Student Search Service (Search). You can opt out of Search at any time by submitting the Your Privacy Choices webform, going to https://my.collegeboard.org/profile/privacy, by contacting us at 866-825-8051, or by email at [email protected].
You may authorize someone to act on your behalf to exercise these rights, using the same methods described above. We may need to verify your identity, and any authorized agent authorized by you to act on your behalf, before we can process your request. College Board’s process to authenticate identity includes name, date of birth, and security phrase or security questions, as well as further validation processes, if necessary, including use of the phone number associated with the account.
If College Board does not take the action you requested when exercising these rights, you may appeal such inaction within a reasonable period after we have notified you of our denial of your request. To submit your appeal, please complete the Your Privacy Choices webform, contact us via email at [email protected], or write to us at the U.S. address provided in this Privacy Statement.
Cookies for Targeted Advertising: When you visit our website and with your consent, we place cookies on your computer. Visitors to our site from Colorado can opt out of cookies for nonessential website purposes when they first access our site, including marketing cookies. You may exercise your right to opt out of processing personal data for targeted advertising by clicking on the link “Cookie Settings and Your Opt-Out Rights” and then “Marketing Cookies,” presented as a banner when you visit our website. Please see the Cookies and Web Site Usage for more information regarding cookies and similar technologies.
EU and Brazil Supplemental Privacy Notice
This supplemental privacy notice gives European Union (EU) and Brazilian residents additional information required by local law. These provisions, together with the statements in the College Board privacy notices, explain our practices for processing EU and Brazilian residents’ personal data.
Cookies: Visitors to our site from the EU and Brazil can opt out of cookies for nonessential website purposes when they first access our site. When you visit our website and with your consent, we place cookies on your computer. Please see the Cookies and Web Site Usage for more information regarding cookies and similar technologies.
This EU and Brazil Privacy Notice explains why we collect your personally identifiable information and how we process it. When necessary, we collect and process your information per the lawful bases described below:
- To fulfill a contract with you, for instance to provide a College Board test or a test offered by another company on behalf of College Board.
- We may provide personally identifiable information to our subcontractors (processors) and other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our written instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Statement and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. For example, we use service providers to help process and score our tests.
- To process a payment, to create an account on our website, and for website management.
We may also process your personally identifiable information with your consent to send you marketing email communications, enroll you in Student Search Service, or send your scores to your designated recipients.
We may also process your personally identifiable information for the purposes of our legitimate interests, if processing it doesn’t outweigh your rights and freedoms. We may process your personal information as needed to:
- Protect you, us, or others from threats (such as test security, security threats, or test fraud).
- Improve College Board tests and support College Board research initiatives.
- Enable or administer our business, such as for quality control, consolidated reporting, and customer service.
- Manage corporate transactions, such as mergers or acquisitions.
- Understand and improve our business, improve test integrity, and for research purposes.
We may also process your personally identifiable information to comply with applicable laws.
Automated Decision Making and Profiling: College Board may use automated processes in connection with scoring tests and for similar purposes, as needed to provide the test services you have requested, and for fraud prevention related to test security. All of these decisions are subject to human review. We will not make automated decisions about you that may significantly affect you, unless (a) the decision is necessary as part of a contract we have with you, (b) we have your explicit consent, or (c) we’re required by law to use the technology. You can learn more about test scoring by reading the information posted on our website about each of our tests. You can learn more about test security by reading the information posted on our website.
In some cases, we use certain elements of personal data for College Board research. For example, we may consider how certain types of test takers (such as non-native English speakers) respond to specific test questions. Our research initiatives reflect our commitment to fairness and equity in testing, helping to ensure that our tests are accessible and free from bias. They also aim to improve teaching, learning, and assessment. Our research results do not contain any identifiable data and aren’t used to target or profile individuals. Visit research.collegeboard.org to learn more.
Your Rights: As stated in this EU and Brazil Privacy Notice, you always have the right to object to our marketing communications. To opt out of emails, click the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email we send you. And see the sections above related to communications and marketing for information about your choices and opting out.
College Board also respects your right to access, correct, and request erasure or restriction of your personally identifiable information as required by law. This means:
- You have a right to know if College Board maintains your personally identifiable information. If we do, we’ll give you a copy (subject to the rights of others). If your information is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to ask us to update it.
- You have the right to object to our processing of your personally identifiable information.
You may also ask us to delete or restrict your personally identifiable information, including a copy of your information related to your right to data portability.
To exercise these rights, please complete the Your Privacy Choices webform, contact us via email at [email protected], or write to us at the U.S. address provided in this Privacy Statement and our Customer Service team will assist you (we may need to verify your identity before we can process your request). Our ability to delete personal information will be limited when we’re required to retain records, as in connection with score reports and test security processes.
If you believe we have processed your personally identifiable information in violation of applicable law, you can file a complaint with the College Board Chief Privacy Officer or a supervisory authority by emailing [email protected].
Data Retention: We’ll retain your personally identifiable information for as long as the information is needed for the purposes detailed above and for any additional period that may be required or permitted by law. You may request that we delete your personally identifiable information by emailing us at [email protected]. Unless we’re required by law to retain your information or have a legitimate interest in retaining it, we’ll delete it within 30 days of your request. If you ask us to delete your data you won’t be able to access any College Board account or test scores or send test scores to any colleges, universities, or any other third parties.