SAT scandals frustrate students — including me

Ella Mangels

By Ella Mangels

In the wake of yet another SAT cheating scandal, this one surfacing right on the heels of the #rescoreJuneSAT movement, I am justifiably upset.  

I expect more from an institution that charges $47.50 to $64.50 a test for students to have the distinct privilege of staking their college hopes and dreams on four hours of bubbling and the occasional essay.  

The College Board is two for two in the last two testing periods at creating scandals, and as a student, I have had about enough.

It all started when June 2018 SAT test-goers were administered a test that was too easy, leading to unfair score curves for students who took it. Many students reported answering more questions correctly (as proven by their score reports) in comparison with past SATs while receiving equal or lower scores on the test.

Then in the August test period, test takers were allegedly given a recycled test, meaning some students could have taken the same test, or at least answered some of the same questions, twice.  But the scandal got worse when it was determined that the entire test had actually been leaked in parts of Asia online, before the U.S test date, leaving students wondering if their scores would be delayed or canceled.

The College Board is currently being sued by a student-father duo over the incident.

As someone who took the August SAT as my last attempt to raise my scores before applying to colleges, the threat of having my scores canceled and having to rush to retest, or not be able to retest at all in time for the first few applications, was angering.

For a test taken by more than 1.7 million students around the world since its revamp in 2016 and heavily weighted in the college admissions process, there need to be more protections and procedures in place to prevent this from happening again.

These scandals are only the most recent, only two of many that The College Board has faced over its reign, and if something is not done to ensure test security and fairness it will happen again.

The next SAT test date is Oct. 6. Will history repeat itself?