@Marywontlose Agreed. It’s incomprehensible that students are forced to foot the bill for the ACT’s erroneous actions. Regardless of whether you elect to pay the $50, there is a 3-month wait for the secondary review of a writing booklet. By the time they admit to their mistake, admissions decisions will be posted on the portals, and kids will collectively have paid heaps of money for an arguably moot point. If they are scoring essays incorrectly, and the problem is not about individuals, but instead the overall system, who’s to say the issue won’t repeat itself? I definitely don’t trust ACT to perform reliably now that so many people have come forward bringing their inconsistent scores to light. What we have to do is get to the root of the problem: are test scores being mixed up, is a lack of uniform training for employees to blame, or is there a much larger issue within the ACT’s organizational structure? It seems to me that this is the WORST time of year for them to test out a new format for writing. They should have anticipated problems and worked to rectify them, or at least be willing to admit to their mistakes now that they’ve been made apparent. ACT needs to be held responsible and accountable for the loss of merit scholarships, admission offers, monetary costs for rescoring, and stress and anxiety they’ve caused their clients. Because, yes, we are their CLIENTS, and regardless of whether or not they insist on keeping up the pretense of operating as a nonprofit, students PAY them to perform a service, and if they fail to deliver, they are subject to legal repercussions. I do intend to try to seek representation to bring ACT’s reputation as a nonprofit standardized test provider into question. With the compensatory damages that would be awarded in a case like this, legal professionals would be pushing each other out of the way to represent the plaintiffs.
@suzyQ7 Thank you so much for posting the link to the Essay Viewer! I’ve gotten in touch with my guidance counselor, and she said our school does not utilize the service; however, she is more than willing to register for an account. This is an indispensable tool we can use to print our essays (whether they ARE our own or they’re someone else’s mixed up with ours) and save them to our laptops to keep a copy for our records!!! The rubrics used to grade our essays should also be accessible in Essay Viewer.
@bigboy12 @Salutation If your tutoring companies had access to the new scoring guides released by ACT ahead September 2015 test, and you are ABSOLUTELY certain you prepared for the new perimeters established for this fall, then I would be suspicious. It’s one thing if you were having an off day, but it’s another thing entirely if the employees ACT claims are “trained readers” are just circling random places on the rubrics because they’re peeved about the sexist quid pro quo going on in the workplace (OH YES, I found TONS of claims about this from current and past employees!!) and their working environment is so hostile that are unable or unwilling to perform their job duties.