College Board Sued; Free SAT Retest Offered

June 16, 2015

A high school student from Long Island has sued the College Board and the Educational Testing Service in federal court, charging them with breach of contract and negligence in the June 6 administration of the SAT, The New York Daily News reported. Students' answer forms incorrectly gave extra time -- and proctors allowed extra time in some but not all of the testing centers. As a result, the College Board is not scoring those sections, but the suit and many student complaints say that all test takers should get a free retest and should not have to accept scores without those two sections. The suit seeks to be declared a class action. The College Board has not yet seen the lawsuit, and so is not responding to its specifics.

However, the College Board did announce Monday it would offer the retests many have been demanding. A statement from the board said, “We remain confident in the reliability of scores from the June 6 administration of the SAT and don’t want to cause undue anxiety for students by making them believe they need to sit for the test again. However, we have waived the fee for the October SAT administration for students who let us know that their testing experience was negatively affected by the printing error and we will continue to do so.”

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