RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Imagine taking a test twice.
The first time you miss ten questions. The second time you only miss five.
Your score should go up.
Not if it was the June version of the SAT.
Thousands of students believe the way that test was scored cheated them out of better numbers.
Kennedy Daniels answered 8 more questions right on the June test than on the March version. Her SAT score dropped ten points.
“I was really disappointed in myself because I had studied a lot for this. A lot more than last time and I did worse,” said the Glen Allen High School senior.
Caroline Di Frango hoped it would be the last time she took the SAT. The Midlothian teen wanted a boost to guarantee her admission to her dream school.
“Elon’s my top choice,” explained Di Frango.
Even though she answered more questions correctly than the first time she took the SAT, it didn’t boost her score the way she expected.
“I got 42 wrong the first time and 25 the second time,” said Di Frango, “So I feel like there should have been a greater increase than 30 points.”
It’s no fluke.
According to the organization that administers the SAT, June’s test was too easy. So it used statistical equating to score the exam.
In a statement, the College Board explains, “equating makes sure that a score for a test taken on one date is equivalent to a score from another date. So, for example, a single incorrect answer on one administration could equal two or three incorrect answers on a more difficult version.”
But frustrated students and their parents are struggling to understand that explanation.
“I can’t really process it because it just doesn’t make sense,” says Di Frango.
Her mom Marsha added, “I’m frustrated beyond measure. There’s a lot going on for these rising seniors. This did not need to happen.”
Students rely on SAT scores to help get accepted into college.
It also determines the amount of scholarship money private schools offer its students.
In Daniels’ case, the lower score would deprive her of $5,000 a year at the school of her choice.
Fortunately, she also took the ACT and scored higher.
“We are not going to take the SAT after learning about this,” said her mom Jennifer, “She’s going to take her ACT again.”
The solution isn’t as simple as taking the SAT test again.
Spots for the August exam are sold out in some places.
The next testing date in October is just a month before students apply for early acceptance into college.
Many teens tested in June because they felt their minds would be at peak performance as they prepared for high school finals and Advanced Placement exams.
Someone created a petition to appeal to the College Board to re-score the June tests.