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College Board Says 4,000 SAT Scores Wrong

peachykeen27peachykeen27 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2009 in SAT Preparation
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060308/ap_on_re_us/sat_scoring_mistake


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I took it in Oct...this is weird. But my chances of being affected are less than 1%, so whatever. Just thought I'd share this article.
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Replies to: College Board Says 4,000 SAT Scores Wrong

  • Dell101Dell101 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    AHHH!!!

    I was one of those people!

    My Scores for the october test were REALLY REALLY OFF!

    My Critical reading was off by 90 points, my math was off by 80, that's 170 points error!

    I knew something was off when I got my scores and it was in the mid 600's when i'm used to being in the mid 700's, so I requested a score report. When I saw the score report, I was shocked to see that two sections were almost compeltely omitted.

    It was a HUGE problem to get the hand scoring because of ETS sticking by such a complicated beuracracy! They didn't want to do anything at all and kept asking for a fee of $50. I played by their rules. At around Thanksgiving, I officially requested the handscoring and waited weeks and weeks and weeks. It said on the site that it would take about 5 weeks, so after 5 weeks, i called them because I still had no response. They had the nerve to tell me that they didn't count weekends and holidays as business days! So I had to wait until FEBRUARY 2 for the change on my SAT score page on the internet to appear (Not even a mail or an email!)

    They didn't send a formal apology either, I had to badger them about my SAT scores, I had to call all my colleges one by one in order to inform them of the situation. It wasn't until MARCH 2 that they sent the score change to my colleges. My family and I have gone through much more hassle than we deserved, and because of their mistake, I was too insecure to do early decision or even apply to the top schools I would have had a chance to attend had I known my CORRECT SCORE. I have no idea what this cost me, but it could have meant the difference between Ivy and just private.
  • Heathcliff88Heathcliff88 Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    from nytimes
    "Chiara Coletti, vice president for public affairs at the College Board said last night that the board first learned that it might have a problem in late December when two students questioned the scores they had received. She said it had taken time to investigate the extent of the problem."

    could one of those two students be referring to you Dell101??
  • Dell101Dell101 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    Possibly! But when I have been contacting them for the past 3 months, most of them were not helpful or professional at all, until feb 2 the revised scores showed up then they begin to have a more professional staff to process my requests.
  • SouthJerseyChessMomSouthJerseyChessMom Posts: 2,472Registered User Senior Member
    From NY Times article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/08/education/08sat.html)

    ""We ask that you do everything you can to ensure that students are in no way penalized for a matter that was beyond their control," Jim Montoya, a vice president of the College Board, wrote in a letter to deans and admissions directors dated March 6.

    One college brought the error to the attention of The New York Times, and the College Board subsequently confirmed it. "

    And, they knew since December!!! Did not send letter until March 6th! Investigation needed!

    Collegeboard has some explainin' to do!
    This is a mess!
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Posts: 3,344Registered User Senior Member
    I've heard it was just NJ test takers.
  • rixrix Posts: 145Registered User Junior Member
    According to the College Board, if you were affected by this, you will receive an email tomorrow (Thursday 3/9) and your online score report will be updated.
  • Roger_DooleyRoger_Dooley Posts: 106,143Founder Senior Member
    Dell01, it's a good thing you persisted. One wonders how many others just assumed, "Wow, I did worse than I expected to, I must have missed more than I thought."
  • DETSAznDETSAzn Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
    what about scholarship decisions that have already been made?!
  • Cami215Cami215 Posts: 878Registered User Member
    I wonder why NJ has their SATs scanned in Texas. Kind of strange...
  • mom&dadmom&dad Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    This is a disgrace. A complete and utter, unacceptable, disgrace. Congress should investigate. College Board is an arrogant, protected company and this error is so egregrious, they need to pay dearly for it. I hope the victims think about a class action lawsuit. It's just outrageous this could happen.

    If you want to see arrogance in action, go to the College Board Web site. They minimize the problem and offer phone numbers to call. Call the line set up for students. When you call, they tell you they will email you tomorrow if you are an affected student. They won't tell you today! Arrogant. Never mind that the colleges already know.

    As if our children don't suffer enough anxiety through this process.
  • IcedragonadIcedragonad Posts: 301Registered User Junior Member
    Stop blaming collegeboard (so much). This mistake affected less than 0.3% of test takers, most only a few points. I hate you people who shout "sue, sue, sue." Collegeboard screwed up royally, why take money from them that could be used to improve the system? I would like to see anyone try to score 255,000,000 questions and 1,500,000 essays without a mistake (not counting subject tests).
  • mom&dadmom&dad Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    CB has a long history of arrogance and abuse. They have no interest in using their margins to improve the system. The problem is that they are a powerful monopoly that has been abusing their power for years. Hopefully, some of the colleges will band together and use this latest error as a mechanism for positive change. The company does not deserve to be in business, let alone wield this much power.
  • Cami215Cami215 Posts: 878Registered User Member
    The problem is not so much that the initial mistake was made. Anyone can make mistakes. But they knew there was something wrong by late December. By early March, many colleges have already made scholarship and admission decisions.

    Think of the applicant who is turned down for a scholarship and subsequently finds out that his score was actually 130 points higher. Collegeboard should not have taken two and a half months to correct their mistake. I would not be happy.
  • SwatTeam2010SwatTeam2010 Posts: 125Registered User Junior Member
    Knew I was smarter.
  • Timothy'sMonsterTimothy'sMonster Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
    Stop blaming collegeboard (so much). This mistake affected less than 0.3% of test takers, most only a few points. I hate you people who shout "sue, sue, sue." Collegeboard screwed up royally, why take money from them that could be used to improve the system? I would like to see anyone try to score 255,000,000 questions and 1,500,000 essays without a mistake (not counting subject tests).

    um, apparently you dont get it. student's futures could be effected by a miscaluculation on the scoring. 100 points could easily be the difference between a tier 1 school or a tier 2 school or your top school and your safety school. i know for a fact if this happened to you, youd be ****ed off.

    i hate when people hate when people shout "sue, sue, sue." this isnt a baseless lawsuit in the slightest and its sad you think is. first off, theres probably a big difference in total income between higher ranked school graduates and lower ranked school graduates. so when someones score is calculated wrongly, you could be talking about a difference in say maybe 10k a year for several years right after they get out of college. second off, we pay them to score the test correctly, not for them to screw up. so they should do their job correctly and not get away with no punishment. simple as that. someone has to be accountable. and third off, if someone threatens to sue and does, this will be more effective than just leaving it up the college board to reform their scoring system. i know if i was sued for something, i wouldnt make the same mistake twice.

    again this statement just show how much you miss the point. "I would like to see anyone try to score 255,000,000 questions and 1,500,000 essays without a mistake (not counting subject tests)"
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