Mom and Son Sue over SAT Typo that Gave Students Extra Test Time

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Students take the SAT in hopes of going to college and getting a good education, but some New Jersey students are getting a first-hand lesson in the ins and outs of the legal system – all due to a simple typo.

In this case the plaintiffs’ lawyers are the ones looking for a high score with a class action lawsuit against the Educational Testing Service and the College Board. The case centers on a misprint that gave students more time to complete a section of the test.

The suit claims that the typo in the instructions for the June 6th SAT test allotted students 25 minutes instead of the normal 20 to complete one of the math or reading sections. Some proctors noticed the mistake and allotted the right amount of time, while others did not.

To maintain fairness, the College Board decided not to score that section of the test.  Since those skills were still tested in other sections, the test was simply truncated and the results still valid. The College Board also offered June 6th test takers the opportunity to retake the exam in October for free.

But the plaintiffs are arguing that they would not have sat for the test if they knew the scoring would not be consistent. While no one likes sitting for the SAT, how exactly does one assign a dollar award to those lost 20 to 25 minutes?

Read the full post at InstituteforLegalReform.com.

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