Free SAT Retest Offered Following Printing Snafu

The College Board announced on Monday that it would waive the October SAT fee for students affected by a recent printing error, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Students taking the college entrance exam on June 6 discovered that test booklets wrongly stated that students had 25 minutes to complete sections eight or nine of the 4-hour exam. Although some proctors caught the mistake and allowed only 20 minutes for each section, Educational Testing Service (ETS) – the New Jersey-based company that develops and administers the SAT exam for The College Board – decided that the sections would not be scored.

"We apologize for this error," The College Board posted on its website on June 8, "and we will still be able to provide reliable scores for all students who took the SAT on June 6."

Unconvinced by that assurance, some students organized a petition demanding a free retest. Additionally, one high school student from Long Island sued the College Board and ETS 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. The suit, which seeks to be declared a class action, argues that all test takers should get a free retest and should not have to accept scores without those two sections.

The College Board has not yet seen the lawsuit, and so is not responding to its specifics.

The organization did issue a statement saying, "[w]e 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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