I am fed up with what Collegeboard and ETS has done and need someone reasonable to hear me out.
I am a current international student in Korea.
For those of you that are not familiar with the nasty education system that goes around here, Korea is infamous for its "hagwons" aka academies that supply students with information on how to ace the SAT, what's on the test (the actual, real test, not those cheap Kaplan prep book practice tests), etc.
Many of these academies were caught recently in the winter exams (Nov~Jan) for illegally releasing test questions that came up in previous tests.</p>
<p>Collegeboard/ETS announced, approximately an hour ago, and three days before the May exam, that the May and June tests will be cancelled in all of Korea.</p>
<p>Up to here, this may all sound reasonable. They were caught, and this is what Korea gets.</p>
<p>BUT this means much more than a simple punishment.</p>
<p>For one, there are current juniors that need to take the May/June exam before the summer and before they enter their senior year.
For those of you that think senior fall isn't too late for taking the SATs, think of it this way--you've been prepping for a test for at least a full year in order to get better things done over the summer, and now everything's been blown away and you've been forced to take it at a later time 4 to 5 months later with a high chance that you've forgotten everything you prepped for.</p>
<p>For two, 3 days before the actual test in May is WAY too late for any notice. The time, money and effort that was spent for these individuals that were taking the May test is now blown to pieces.</p>
<p>If this wasn't enough to get you at least slightly angered about what Collegeboard is doing, please hear my own story out.</p>
<p>Back in January I prepped and took the SAT II Chemistry test. Everything went smooth until the day of the test, when I found that my full-color copy of my passport wasn't a legitimate ID.
This is understandable -- copies are not "official" identification.
However, for me, my passport and national ID was at the US Embassy at the time going through Visa process for a trip that I was heading to shortly after the test.
Moreover, the test center advisor (who, excuse any confusion, was a teacher at my own school that was going on the same trip that I had applied Visa for), let me in to take the exam, and assured me that it would be fine because I knew him personally and there was no way I could have identified myself better than a full-color copy of my passport.</p>
<p>Only, on February 14, when everyone else's test scores were released, mine weren't, and soon after, the score box showing "Not yet available" disappeared.
After calling CB and ETS multiple times, sending official documents from the school that showed there was no way I could have identified myself other than with the copy, and with multiple emails that explained my situation, I found myself facing a firm, stubborn answer: decision cannot be overturned, too many scandals in Korea, thank you, good bye.</p>
<p>So after gritting my teeth, taking it as bad luck, and getting ready once again for the May exam (not to mention the $150+ I spent on registration fees, prep books, etc), BAM.
Three days before the exam, unofficially at that notion, I find out I can't take the test in Korea until October.
I say unofficially because CB / ETS did not announce it anywhere except through people that called them directly and through academies that received the information at 1 in the morning today.
It is now getting to be 3 AM here, and my parents are extremely frustrated with the situation.</p>
<p>I am seriously considering to take an all out American position here and sue CB. Excuse me if that sounded racist in any way.
If anyone has any advice or information for me on how to carry this out, please help me. I would appreciate any information.</p>
<p>For a final say, I am fed up with how CB has been handling things, and really, really am disappointed.</p>
<p>Thanks for reading this long post - I needed to desperately share how furious I am with how such a big, multi-millionaire monopoly can be so amateur in their actions.</p>