Gross negligence and incredible incompetence on the part of the College Board. They will have the records as to which students took the same version of the exam twice in a row. I have to imagine that they’re going to be forced to cancel the second scores for these students. Although it’s absolutely no fault of the students, it’s not reasonable or fair to compare their results on a re-take of the same exam with someone who is seeing the exam for the first time.
But that also speaks to the other huge problem. If the repeated version of the test is the same version that was widely leaked in China and elsewhere, that version is tainted for other test-takers as well … only it’s impossible to know which test-takers had an unfair advantage (i.e., early access to the exam questions) and which ones did not.
As far as I can tell, this appears to be a double or triple failing. (1) The March version was leaked ahead of the March exam. (2) Some students taking the exam in June received the exact same test that they already took in March. (3) If the re-used March test version is the same version that was leaked, the CB exasperated the original failing.
For shame, College Board! You had several other options, including (a) you could have dedicated necessary resources to developing a sufficient number of versions of the new test on time, or (b) you could have used fewer versions of the test than usual and perhaps compensated by hiring additional proctors to ensure no cheating, or © you could have admitted that you were unprepared to shift to the new SAT and therefore postponed the transition from the old SAT until you were ready, or, if none of those possibilities were feasible, (d) you could have admitted that you were unprepared and recommended that students postpone their test-taking and if that wasn’t possible, to recommend they take the ACT instead.
Nice job (not!) modeling competence, discipline, integrity and ethical decision-making.
So, so glad I encouraged my HS Class of '17 daughter to take the old SAT! Kudos to the other parents and guidance counselors who encouraged their students to do the same or to take the ACT in lieu of the SAT. So, so sorry to the members of the class of '17 who are trying to deal with the new SAT. Good luck!