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ACT Testing Wrongly Accusing Cheating 2017

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  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,952 Senior Member
    ^ This is my thinking based on earlier comments in the thread. It seems that once flagged, your only remedy is to appeal or retake the test under specially-proctored circumstances - both pretty awful choices, given the low rate of success for appeals and the ridiculous length of time passed before they notify you of the "flag".

    The poster who reported how they worked directly with the college of admission offered a decent alternative for these situations. Once they were notified of the flagging, they immediately notified the college of admission and laid it out for them. The college did its own investigation into the matter, and concluded ultimately that the score would be honored even if cancelled by ACT. Haven't looked back at that post but it wasn't too long ago. Wasn't there scholarship money also involved?
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 1,042 Senior Member
    Re: the seating chart comment. Many of the posters here accused of cheating asked for the seating chart and the student says it was blatantly incorrect. Like the chart says they were in back corner of room, when they were front center.
  • RandyErikaRandyErika Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    @JBStillFlying It was post #346. I don’t think I would say that the school launched their own investigation, nor did they decide to honor the ACT score. Instead, they reviewed evidence provided by the student and agreed to honor their original scholarship offer. In fact, the school advised the student to let the ACT cancel the flagged score, as they had obviously decided to side with student and wanted to put the issue behind everyone involved.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,952 Senior Member
    edited October 6
    ^ Thanks for clarifying. They actually DID honor the score since the score was needed in order to obtain the scholarship, unless I'm not remembering correctly. By own investigation I meant they didn't discuss with ACT - should have been more clear about that. In reviewing the student's materials, the school actually did a lot more than ACT seems to have done for those who have posted about the arbitration path. It just seemed like a more reasonable course of action. Of course, not all schools are the same.

    If our kids found themselves in a similar predicament, we'd probably do exactly what the poster in #346 did.
  • CALKYmomCALKYmom Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    So interesting that we are nearing the end of arbitration and pretty much know the outcome already, however, isn't it ironic that ACT notifies the Arbitrator yesterday to get an update on the case that the arbitrator has had for 3 weeks? It took ACT 5 months to notify my child of her questioned scores because they have so many to go through, however, they can check with the arbitrator after 3 weeks? What a way to wreck student's lives and confidence.
  • StaceyfStaceyf Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    What was your outcome?
  • StaceyfStaceyf Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    How do I contact you? My daughter is also going through this and we need all the help we can get. Thank you.
  • King4447King4447 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Four years ago, my son's score jumped from a 28 to a 33 and was flagged. He was an excellent student, we appealed and were rejected. He retook the test alone with a proctor beside him the entire time. He scored a 31 on this test, within the 3 point range of acceptabilty, the case was dropped, and his score of 33 was allowed to stand. It was an extremely stressful time. He's now a senior in college, wrapping up a successful experience in an honors program at a large university. Wishing you all the best of luck. It's so tough to go through.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,952 Senior Member
    Very confused. It's quite possible to jump 5 points on a test just due to prep. My D jumped 4 points on consecutive tests and started from a higher initial score. Do they somehow exclude you from getting flagged if you start at 30 or higher?
  • CALKYmomCALKYmom Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    Hello everyone. I wanted to let everyone know that I just got cold chills listening to our local news station say that they will be doing a news story tonight concerning students being punished for receiving high ACT scores and basically what we all are or have been going through. I can't believe this has surfaced. I always wanted to be "around" when it did but it actually will be on the news tonight. I also have been refraining from conveying my outcome about my daughter's case for fear of another type of "punishment" from one of these organizations. The hell that we have lived since February has been HORRIBLE. I will tell you all to NOT GIVE UP defending your children's honor and what is RIGHTFULLY theirs. If that tells you our outcome hopefully that will give others hope that you can do this. I will post more soon! The story I hear is on WLWT out of Cincinnati at 6PM Eastern time tonight. I look forward to watching.
  • 888dean888dean Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Ridiculous on the ACT's half, my heart goes out to you (and all other stories on this thread). My test scores from Feb 2017 (school mandated ACT) went MIA and I called ACT the week all of my friends got theirs (and I hadn't). They told me all I could do was wait, and they couldn't do anything about it... I waited another two weeks and went to my counselor, who told me my scores weren't in the school report either.

    My proctor had reported me for not putting my pencil down in time (which I don't even remember doing, but um, ok, I guess), and according to ACT, constitutes as cheating, and my school principal and counselor were so upset that the appealed to the ACT in my favor but to no avail...

    I take responsibility because it is partially my fault, but it would have been so nice if they could at least tell me and update me on what was happening...

    I retook in June and got a 36 so...

    Anyway super messed up system with sketchy customer service...
  • kf123456kf123456 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    We just received the dreaded letter- my son will be finishing his first semester of college in 4 weeks. What all documents did you send back with the written statement? My son's score went from an 18 to a 22 and he took the test last April. He is devistated...He is not a good test taker and does not want to have to take this test again.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,952 Senior Member
    edited November 13
    Sorry if this has been answered already but If a kid's in college already how can the cancellation of these scores possibly hurt him/her? Do they notify the college? In this case, @kf123456 did your son receive an ACT-dependent scholarship or anything? An increase from 18 to 22 is hardly unusual!

    If yes I'd be proactive and notify the college first.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 4,952 Senior Member
    ^ A follow up to my above post: if your son took the ACT last April, is he at a test-optional school by any chance? In that case he should DEFINITELY go to his school first.
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