Education: SAT Misprint Affects Thousands

In a test administered on June 6th, 2015, SAT test booklets misprinted the amount of time allotted for the final reading section of the exam. While the test booklets said that students would have 25 minutes to complete the section, proctors were correctly instructed that students would have only 20 minutes. Although the misprint only appeared in the final reading section, some students may have been taking their final math section in the same room, and may have been affected by the confusion. In a statement on its website, the College Board has stated that it would not score either section of the exam, and would waive fees for students who wanted to take the test again.

Given the stakes of the SATs, however, many students have expressed their frustrations about the June 6th test on social media, bemoaning the possibility of inaccurate scoring or receiving a worse score than they would have otherwise. The board has apologized for the error, but has said it was confident the test would deliver reliable scores. In a statement to the New York Times the board has said that the SAT is “designed to collect enough information to provide valid and reliable scores even with an unscored section.” The statement added, “From fire drills and power outages to mistiming and disruptive behavior, school-based test administrations can be fragile, so our assessments are not.”

Contributor: Cai Redmond

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