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ACT Testing Wrongly Accusing Cheating 2017

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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,502 Senior Member
    I would also go to the school and ask if they even care that his score was cancelled. I recall reading on this thread last year that many colleges told the student not to worry about it and that it wouldn't impact their acceptance/matriculation.
  • kf123456kf123456 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    He is going to talk to his advisor. He is not on an ACT scholarship, he is however an athlete and I don't want anything to jeopardize him that...not even sure if this is one of the schools we had his scores sent to. I am trying to find the original ACT letter they sent.
    I just don't understand why they waited so long and why question a 4 point jump? We have letters coming from his highschool to send in...this is just crazy!!
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 6,314 Senior Member
    edited November 2018
    Talking to the advisor is the right first step. If he didn't send the scores to the school then it's probably not even an issue. Other than this being just amazingly infuriating, it might have no impact.

    A score send report can be found on his ACT portal.

    It's absurd to question a 4-point jump unless they have evidence that someone nearby has a very similar pattern of answers. If your son's school has no issue with this I'd 1) ignore their threats and/or 2) tell them to take a hike (or rephrase to your level of comfortable profanity. Mine, unfortunately, would be pretty bad!).
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 9,107 Senior Member
    @JBStillFlying , I think it matters depending on the college and if the student was awarded any scholarship based on an ACT score. I personally know a woman (mentioned many pages back) whose son plays sport at a D1 school. In his case, he got the letter during his first semester and had to retake to satisfy ACT. If he hadn't, he risked losing his scholarship.
  • OutlanderOutlander Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    Many years ago I worked on-campus for my university's NCAA Eligibility Coordinator. Your son should check with him/her to double check whether that ACT score was used by the NCAA Eligibilty Center in certifying him as an eligible student athlete. It has been a long time, so I may not be remembering correctly, but if it was and ACT invalidates the score, he will need to submit another score to the NCAA that is high enough to meet the required ACT/SAT score, and until he does so could be deemed ineligible.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 9,107 Senior Member
    @Outlander , yes, that is the situation the woman I know mentioned. I forgot until you mentioned it. It really does cause huge problems.
  • cbmomcbmom Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Has anyone won there case against act when they did go to arbitration?
  • ktrrightsktrrights Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    I would love to hear what you did to win. Congratulations!
  • CyurichCyurich Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    My son is going through this right now. He is accused of cheating due to statistically similar answers. Among other many many reasons this is false, he was sitting in FRONT of and diaganol from the other student. How does someone repeatedly turn around and look at someone else’s test without notice? We appealed and were told they were going with the stats. He graduates this May and he has no other option but to retake this test even though he hasn’t prepared for it in nine months. Why wait so long, ACT, to let us know? Is there anyone who has contacted an attorney for a class action law suit? There is absolutely no reason with today’s technology for ACT to not be able to provide each student with an individual test in order to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
  • ktrrightsktrrights Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    reach out to calkymom 2 posts above . They just won arbitration.
  • cbmomcbmom Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Can you give details on how you won arbitration?What proof did you show,etc
    Congrats!!!!
  • HowtheHeckHowtheHeck Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Our experience is somewhat related -- not to cheating, but to incompetence of some national standardized testing orgs.... Our DD is homeschooled, but took the PSAT at our local public HS over a year ago. Never got any scores... they seem to have simply vanished! There is a record of her registering for the test... and the administrator (a guidance counselor) remembers DD, and remembers putting her booklet in the batch. She also counted both the booklets and the score sheets, and the numbers matched, before shipping them to College Board. But College Board says they have absolutely NO record of her even taking the test, and no score sheet to be found. Thankfully, DD was in a lower grade at the time, so this was just a practice experience. But imagine if she had been in 11th grade!! And NOW... she just got her scores from this year, and there are some questionable things on there... like her score report says she omitted questions on the reading and writing sections, when she swears she finished both of those sections with time to spare. I am going to search CC to find out how to get a copy of her answer sheet, if that is still possible.
  • mmk2015mmk2015 Registered User Posts: 599 Member
    Maybe she didn't omit questions.

    But maybe she didn't bubble deeply enough with the pencil, so the scanner didn't read the bubbles.

    I would call College Board and see if you can have the test hand scored. If yes, there will be a fee.
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 6,314 Senior Member
    Were the questions omitted or just her answers? Sometimes CB tosses out bad questions.
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