Reports are circulating that the August SAT test was compromised because it contained questions previously published in tests that were administered in China and South Korea. The College Board adhered to its policy of never commenting on such reports and simply stated that it would press criminal charges against anyone it suspected of cheating.
We would sincerely hope that College Board would retire all questions on tests that were compromised and invest the resources to continuously create new content. If the rumors are true that the August test contained recycled tests from last year’s heavily compromised October test, we believe this will be a significant “black eye” to the College Board. And at a time when the ACT is seriously challenging its market dominance no less.
The test scores are expected to be released tomorrow. Despite the online petition you can find by clicking here, it doesn’t appear the August SAT scores will be invalidated.
Perhaps the class action lawsuit will convince the test prep companies to create brand-new questions for each test and use the large population of test takers to center each exam around a particular median. It’s also possible the exam could be administered in Asia at the same time it is in the US, i.e. US in the morning and Asia in the evening.
Clearly this is all our conjecture, but we’re very interested to see what happens.