Shame on ETS! The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the SAT for the College Board, is unnecessarily putting a whole lot of students through a painful process. According to “The Choice” blog of “The New York Times,” they’re making nearly 200 students retake the SAT. And why? Because at the Packer Collegiate Institute, a private school in Brooklyn Heights, 199 test-takers were not seated the required four feet apart during their SAT test administration. How far apart were they seated? We’re not sure of that. We only know that it was “less than the required four feet.”
This is all likely a response to the Long Island SAT cheating scandal. ETS is on high alert and the organization is taking action to prevent any future ethical missteps with regard to the all-important exam. And we understand that. The SAT is a measure by which college admissions counselors can compare applicants. It is extremely important in the highly selective college admissions process. But, according to the article in “The Choice” by Tanya Caldwell, there was an auditor from ETS present at the exam site. Why didn’t the auditor speak up before the SAT test administration? Did he / she just feel the need to say something after? Why did the auditor waste all of these students’ time? It’s not their fault!
The fact is, from our understanding, the auditor could have prevented this entire SAT fiasco. These 199 students wouldn’t all have to study again and sit for another four hours. Their testing plans for the coming month wouldn’t all be in utter chaos. They could have avoided all of this unnecessary stress for so many students. The process is hard enough. This ETS auditor didn’t have to make it this much more stressful. Shame on ETS for putting students through this!