There was a discrepancy between the time allotted in the student test booklet for one of the sections, 25 minutes, and the proctor's instructions, just 20 minutes.
A version of this stressful situation played out across the United States on June 6. Scores will be thrown out on two of the 10 sections of the SATs taken that day. And late Monday night the College Board announced that fees will be waived on the next testing date for students who report having a bad experience this time. That's because a printing error in the student instruction booklet stated the wrong time limit, leading to widespread confusion. A reported 487,000 students were registered for the test, the last SATs of the school year.
(Editor's note - this was not a "printing error" - most likely, it was a proofreading error. Not the same thing.)
What does the College Board say?
"To accommodate the wide range of incidents that can impact a testing experience, the SAT's Critical Reading, Writing, and Math tests each are designed to collect enough information to provide valid and reliable scores even with an unscored section. From fire drills and power outages to mistiming and disruptive behavior, school-based test administrations can be fragile, so our assessments are not.
Kind of a lame apology given none of this was any school, any district, any teacher, any proctor or, most importantly, any student's fault. But that could be a liability thing and sure enough, one student is suing and asking for class action status.We take our responsibility to students very seriously, and we regret the confusion some students experienced."
Because of worries over early admission or scholarships, there's a petition out for the College Board to give a retake BEFORE the next scheduled one in October.