“We apologize but your score is still being processed. You should get your score within a week; you’ll get an email when your score is available.”

Are you wondering WHY you received this message? Don’t freak out just yet! Let’s walk through it.

You may recall that the September ACT was canceled last year in numerous countries just two days before it was to be administered because of a security breach. Prior to this, in January 2016, hours before students at online centers in China and Macau were scheduled to take the SAT, the College Board canceled the test because of a security breach. Basically, SAT scores have been withheld from some students at virtually every SAT.

When instances like this happen, the College Board uses statistical analysis methods to try and pinpoint who cheated their system. Depending on what they find, some scores are postponed for further review and some may even be canceled. If serious enough, people can be banned from taking the test ever again.

Currently, Nussbaum Law Group in New York City and Criden & Love in Miami, are against the College Board, which owns the SAT, and the Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT. Both are nonprofits that operate like businesses. This lawsuit can be broken down rather easily:

  1. The College Board claims to be committed to test security, therefore ensuring students who agree to their Terms and Conditions will receive a FAIR testing experience and not give anyone an advantage over another.
  2. History has shown that the college board has knowledge of test security breaches and the dangers of recycling their exams. Namely, because test prep industry players have gotten hold of tests, leaked them, and then used them as practice exams for students preparing for the test, giving them an advantage. This August SAT was leaked on social media before the exam was administered and the College Board knew.
  3. The problem’s scope is in excess of 5 million dollars (though a specific amount for restitution has not been agreed upon).

Essentially, kids and parents spend tons of time and money preparing for this test, relying on the promise of a fair test. This lawsuit claims that the College Board owes everyone that took the August SAT at least something for their mistakes. This is a Class Action lawsuit, so anyone that took the August SAT is eligible to take part in this case (and any retributions offered).

We will be following the course of this lawsuit as it goes on to update you all on what the College Board has to say, and any results that come out of it.

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