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Q&A with Jack Buckley on June SAT Printing Error

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John Vic
Thanks for linking College Board's update. "Second, the equating process was not affected by the error. Equating is a statistical procedure that is conducted to ensure that different versions of a test are of comparable difficulty." Does this mean that the curves were not modified to account for the fewer questions? What I mean is the following: pretend a test taker missed two math questions. He/she would usually get a 760. But, with only 38 questions instead of 54 questions, many believed that the score would be more like a 740 on the June 6 SAT. Either it means that, or if you missed two they extrapolated it to minus three, thus producing a lower score. Thoughts?
Karina Norton
How do affected students go about getting a fee waiver for the October SAT?
Simran G. Nayak
Does this affect international students? This problem was not there for my friends when they took the SAT in India.
Elliot Jauregui
If two sections were not marked and we'll still receive a valid score then why don't they make the SAT two sections shorter than what it is.
Aisha Ahmed Kalban
Hello Jack, I did my SAT exam in Dubai, and i am wondering, when will i get my SAT scores, because all my classmates that did the exam with me got their scores, and am very nervous because i want to know if i passed or not. So please hurry up in solving the problem and send the scores because we are eager.
Helga Progri
What about international students taking the 6, June SAT?
Richard yang
Absolutely, a big mistake was happened in June SAT test, 2015. The scores were markedly affected. The test results should be not counted. And a makeup test would be held in August to allow students to retake the tests!
David Siqueiros
My name is David Siqueiros and my daughter Rebecca Siqueiros took the SAT on June 6, 2015 in Miami, Florida. As I understand it you will provide a new testing date in October 2015 considering your June 6, 2015 test was deficient. October is too late to retest for those interested in early decision deadlines of November 2015. You should provide a new test date much earlier. Please consider the amount of extra time students study for the SAT in addition to regular school classes and extracurricular activities including community service activities. Again you should provide an optional testing day well before October 2015 specifically for those affected by your clerical mistake of June 6, 2015. I am sure your mistakes were not intentional but you did make a mistake. With this in mind the best course of action will be to benefit those affected by taking action above and beyond what you are proposing. Please schedule a new test before October 2015 because this date is not conducive to those who were affected by your mistakes of June 6, 2015 and create additional expenses, stress and anxieties for those who were affected by your mistakes.
Chandrima Tolia
Has this affected international students?And are we eligible for the fee waiver?
mehak sejwal
Is this applicable for indian students? Will they get the fee waiver?
Gina Flomberg
The test scores came in remarkably lower than previous tests for my son. Would really request earlier test to retake than October!
Syeda Airas Burhan
I took the SAT in Pakistan on 6June,2015.How am I supposed to apply for the fee waived test and when will it be conducted? Waiting for a positive response.
Donna Hill
I agree with other parents concerned about retesting so late (October) for early decision. I simply do not believe that leaving out sections produces an accurate score.
Mary Leighton
David Siqueiros is 100% correct. We work hard to teach our children to own up to their mistakes and to make things right. The College Board should set a good example for these students and provide an exam in late July so that the students can have their scores before they spend countless hours preparing college applications, researching schools, etc. October 3 is far too late for many students who intend to have their applications completed prior to that date. Many schools have strict deadlines when it comes to providing merit scholarships, and by not retaking the exam until October 3 thousands and thousands of students will not know truly where they stand in relation to acceptance and scholarships. Not to mention that any of the study skills, etc. that the students used for the June exam will be ancient history by October. This means many more study hours for the students plus the potential for a lot of money to be paid to tutors as there will be a lot of stress for this final opportunity to take the exam for the class of 2016. SHAME ON YOU COLLEGE BOARD!!! DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROVIDE AN EXAM WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. This is way too important to ignore or to hide behind the desire for more financial profit. Your video is ridiculous. I will NEVER EVER believe that my daughter's June scores were correct and I will NEVER EVER trust your organization again. SHAME ON YOU! You are the gateway to college for America's youth and you have FAILED. The powers that be at the college board ought to beware of karma. Here's hoping that it kicks you hard in the tail.
Mary Leighton
Shame on you College Board. We work hard to raise our children to be honest and to have integrity and to own up to their mistakes. Yet the supreme organization at the gateway to most colleges in the US has royally messed up and claims that it had no effect on scores. THAT IS NONSENSE AND A LIE. This is an outright attempt to cloud over your error and to escape culpability. You should do the right thing and provide a free SAT in late July so that students have the chance to try again and to know their scores PRIOR to applying to colleges. October 3 is FAR TOO LATE. First of all, scores will not be available until almost the application deadline for many schools offering scholarships. Not to mention that students will be forced to pay application fees and to work hard on applications for schools to which they may not have applied had they known their true scores. I will NEVER EVER BELIEVE THAT THE JUNE 6 SCORES ARE CORRECT. SHAME SHAME SHAME. For once please forget the bottom line and do the right thing and give these kids a chance to take this exam in the next few weeks. Make things right. If you don't, good luck because karma can be a you-know-what.
Annemarie Willbanks
I agree with the post by David Siqueiros post. My daughter Emily took the test on June 6 in Savannah, GA. My daughter will be applying to several schools for early decision and the October date will be too late. There needs to be an additional SAT date set up for the students who have taken the June 6 test. These students study hard and are very stressed about the test. as well as their rigorous classes. You made the error. I don't believe that there is any way you can be sure that these scores are accurate, even with the data and professionals. How is it fair to count only 2 sections on this test date and three on all other tests? This is not fair to these students. I am stunned by the decision that you all have made. This is definitely not in the best interest of the students. There needs to be a make up date for these students ASAP. Please schedule a test date for these students before the September test date.
Kailyn Williams
Hello, I took the June 6th SAT and was effected by this over site. I wanted to know how I would go about getting fee wavier for the next SAT.
College Board Communications
Good Afternoon, Thank you for your comments. Please direct any questions to our customer service department so that we can address them as quickly as possible. please email: sat@info.collegeboard.org Thank you, All Access Team
Matt Denktas
You have college educated people dispensing these test and no one checked the booklets for any Errors. This just shows how getting the money to take these test are more important then giving the tests. I am going to start a petition with all the families effected to get a new test given under the supervision of someone who knows what they are doing. This test will be administered without any fee's to the families / students otherwise I am going to start a class action lawsuit showing that the College Board acted reckless and should pay back what has been paid plus damages.
Mary Leighton
This is my third attempt to post a comment which leads me to surmise that the College Board did not allow my first two comments to post. It's a shame that the organization which is the gatekeeper for higher education in the US is also a shameless censor. If you had any sense of responsibility you would stop hiding behind the "scoring 7 sections is the same as scoring 9 sections" mantra and offer a new test in July/August for these poor kids who suffered from your incredible error. Waiting until October 3 to take the exam is difficult for rising seniors as 1. it is a long time between June 6 and October 3 and it would be almost like starting from scratch to study properly and 2. By October 3 most kids should know to which schools they want to apply. They may be forced to complete applications, pay fees, etc. hoping for a better (and more accurate since the 6/6 scores could not have been accurate) scores which may wind up being a waste of time and money. You cannot comprehend the widespread problems that your lack of proof reading one little number have caused. Do the right thing and do not make the kids wait another 3+ months to take this test.
Mary Leighton
This is my third attempt to post a comment which leads me to surmise that the College Board did not allow my first two comments to post. It's a shame that the organization which is the gatekeeper for higher education in the US is also a shameless censor. If you had any sense of responsibility you would stop hiding behind the "scoring 7 sections is the same as scoring 9 sections" mantra and offer a new test in July/August for these poor kids who suffered from your incredible error. Waiting until October 3 to take the exam is difficult for rising seniors as 1. it is a long time between June 6 and October 3 and it would be almost like starting from scratch to study properly and 2. By October 3 most kids should know to which schools they want to apply. They may be forced to complete applications, pay fees, etc. hoping for a better (and more accurate since the 6/6 scores could not have been accurate) scores which may wind up being a waste of time and money. You cannot comprehend the widespread problems that your lack of proof reading one little number have caused. Do the right thing and do not make the kids wait another 3+ months to take this test.
Kim Cohen
I demand a retake test to be offered THIS SUMMER, free of charge, to all those who took the June 6 SAT. An October retake is far too late for those students applying early decision, those applying to special competitive programs which have accelerated deadlines, and those counting on merit based scholarships. You have created an unfair bias for those students who need to rely upon merit scholarships to be able to afford college and those who don't get fee waivers, grants from the federal government to attend college, or sports scholarships. The flip and casual manner of the College Board in the handling of this matter in inexcusable. I'm certain it is to deflect an onslaught of bad publicity. Well I have news for you college board, you are a monopoly shrouded in "not for profit" clothing, whose executives command salaries in the six figures. It is downright cowardly for the College Board to blame the error on the company that does the printing for the exam. The buck stops with YOU, college board. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that your documents are accurate. For you to state that colleges admissions officers have full faith in the scores reported, what choice do they have? You are the only game in town.
aditya
The error made by college board is completely unacceptable and recourse suggested by college board even more egregious. This shoddy approach to justify the gross error mocks the efforts and hard work students have put in over several months at a critical time for college application. Not counting 2 sections and applying scores of prior section CANNOT represent the true score at all. It is imperative that College board offer a retest in July or early August for the students who took June 6 SAT. This option, although a significant challenge and interruption in the life of large number students and families, is better than being stuck with an erroneous test and extrapolated results or working through entire summer to take the another attempt in October. This gross error certainly has significantly affected the college boards credibility with students, parents and colleges regardless of what Jack says they have heard from colleges. Only fair option is offer a retest in immediate term. College board must take responsibility for this horrendous mistake and what it has done to students, and remedy themselves by offering a timely and completely fresh test. No other option is acceptable. Students must be given an option to not count this test as one of the attempts. The autocratic, unilateral approach to force students to accept college boards subjective justification can not be allowed to be stand. College board must do the right thing by offering another test as soon as possible. Time is of essence. College board TAKE ACTION NOW!
Danial Abbas
Hi Jack , I would like to know how i can waive my oct 3rd test fee . CB said to call the customer service number . I called but the operator is speaking . Can you please tell me how to contact CB and how retake the sat on october . I also took the June 6th test , and as shocked at my score . Pllz Help
Alison Redmond
UNACCEPTABLE!! There should be a fee waived for a retesting date later this summer. This error was at no fault of the students, and they are the only ones affected by this. Reliability doesn't mean anything to us. We want accurate scores for tests we paid for!
Theresa Cobb
I have a set of twins (H. Cobb & J. Cobb) that took the SAT's on June 6th, Can someone please inform me on how do affected students go about getting a fee waiver for the October SAT? I don't think it is fare that they get penalized for something that was out of their control. It is only fair that they received their next test free. Theresa Cobb
Roy Cossairt
It appears THE alternative to get the College Boards ear, according to their singular response on this comment thread, is to communicate via e-mail at: sat@info.collegeboard.org. Has anyone had better luck receiving useful information from the college board? My recommendation for the College board is to over deliver in customer service for the students who took the exam June 6th--they know exactly who they are. This is their best shot at maintaining some credibility, not being sued, and ultimately not being put out of business . . . Between Khan stepping up to help prepare and a POTUS anxious to take over many things around education (loans anyone?) I submit the College Board work to shine on this issue very soon. My daughter is doubting her score even though she studied very hard and saw her numbers go up quite significantly. She doesn't need her confidence challenged after such monumental efforts and achievement!
Karen Koussis
Has there been any feedback to our concerns from Collge Board? I wrote and called and am still waiting for resolution. I can without a doubt state that taking 16 math questions and 19 reading questions all level 2, 3, 4, hurt our rising senior's score by at least 50 points. I was told "sorry for the inconvenience"....which is not what I needed to hear. Sounds like we need legal representation to get a reply? That's my next step!
Daniel Khariton
I just called the College Board Customer Support to find out how the June 6 SAT was scored with the 2 missing sections. I took that test and I got less questions wrong on my Math section but received a lower score than my March 14 Test! The woman assisting me kept offering me this hand done verification for $55 that would have someone regrade my Multiple Choice by hand. I did some research and it turns out that most people get a LOWER score after the regrade. I am extremely displeased that my admission into my college of choice is potentially harmed by this ridiculous debacle. If the College Board is truly the organization it claims to be, it would provide a detailed publicly accessible explanation as to how the test was scored using 7 section instead of 9.
Sharon Harris
I think that what has happened to these students is a disgrace in the College Board's ability to administer a test to these students whom have a lot riding on their scores. For the rising seniors to receive the best offers from the colleges they needed these scores to be accurate. For the seniors whom graduated this year and whom were trying to obtain a higher score for state funding, in our case bright futures, the college board has let these young adults down. You have caused financial hardship for many families as these students whom graduated this year do not have another chance to retake the test whether it be in October or sooner as they will be starting classes at their Universities in August and in order for test scores to count at the Universities and at the State level, they need to be submitted to the college no later than July 31, 2015. What I would like to know is how many students have been effected by this mistake that the college board has made as far as not qualifying for the state funds to help pay for their education due to their score not meeting the states requirements. These students have spent numerous hours studying for the SAT not to mention completing their everyday school assignments, Community Service and Athletics and for the College Board to make a decision to not count the last 2 sections of the test and say that it does not effect their score is an outright lie. I propose that we the parents of these students seek legal counsel for 2 different avenues the first being the seniors whom have graduated and have lost thousands of dollars through their state programs due to not meeting the requirements and secondly for the rising seniors whom will most likely loose out on the first round of monies that the universities give out based on their scores as so many of the parents have said by waiting to take the test again in October it will be too late as many students already have their applications submitted by the first of October. I can tell you that my son missed out on thousands of dollars from the state of Florida through the Bright Futures program over 20 points and I think most of you will agree as so many other parents/students have stated that by the College Board not scoring the last 2 tests has had or will have a substantial monetary effect on many of these students ability to go to the college of their dreams not to mention the hardship that it is going to put on families as they do what they can to send their children to the college to obtain a degree in the field that they want to work in. To ask these kids to work hard everyday, study, stay focused, keep your grades and GPA up and give back to your community in the way of volunteer hours as it will all pay off when you graduate and move on to college and then for a large organization such as the College Board to take that away from them by making the decision not to count two of the test instead of either having them retake the test the next week or simply just counting all of the questions, seeing how it was your fault, is a disgrace and the hours that parents spend teaching their kids that nothing is handed to you you have to work hard and it will pay off was for what....NOTHING.....as many of these students now have to obtain loans to pay for their education even though they have busted their a_ _ _ _ for 4 years studying, volunteering to be told oh I am sorry we are not going to do right by you is completely unacceptable and I know that this is not the end of this for our family. Many of us parents tell our kids "you are held accountable for your actions" well College Board you are no different you too must be held accountable for your actions and for the hardship that you have caused hundreds of students and their families.
Dawn Steele
Why can't a retest be given earlier than October 3rd?? I have seen this question asked by several parents & yet not one comment from anybody at College Board!! This does negatively affect students with a delay in early academic admittance, scholarship money and even the possibility of not getting into a major of their choice due to delayed acceptance with the competitive universities. Is there not one person at College Board that will do the right thing by these kids???
Ashraf Omar
I'm from Egypt and my daughter June 2015 score dosn't shown up till now and it says in the account " NOT YET AVAILABLE"..What is this collegeboard?..Destroying our kids future...It's really frustrating...This is unacceptable..

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