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Students who took the SAT exam last weekend may have gotten extra time due to a printing error on the tests, administrators of the college entrance exam said.
The College Board, the non-profit group that oversees the SAT, said the exams given in the U.S. incorrectly said students would get “25 minutes” to complete sections 8 or 9. But the test center supervisor’s manual and script correctly said student should only get 20 minutes.
New Jersey-based ETS, which creates the SAT, informed the College Board of the printing error at noon on Saturday, the day the test was administered.
It is unclear how many students may have gotten an extra five minutes on the section or what that means for their scores.
“The College Board understands the critical nature of this issue, and we are actively working with our partner ETS to determine next steps to ensure the fairness of the test and the validity of the scores we deliver,” the College Board said in a statement. “We regret the confusion and concern this issue is causing for students and their families, and we will provide them and others with updated information as soon as possible.”
College Board officials said they will post updates on the group’s website.
ETS, based in Princeton, oversees test administration and security for the SAT.
FairTest, a non-profit group critical of the SAT, said the printing error creates a serious problem for the College Board and ETS.
“They have admitted that administration of a portion of last Saturday’s exam was not ‘standardized’ since some students had 20 minutes to complete the items, while others had 25 due to the test-makers’ error. How do they assure all reported scores are consistent, accurate and fair? This foul-up will further accelerate the movement for college and university admissions offices to drop SAT requirement,” said Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest, which is short for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.
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