Information Regarding the Saturday, June 6, SAT Administration


Last updated June 25, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET

Today, we are reporting scores for all students who took the SAT in the U.S. on June 6. As we previously communicated with students, due to a printing error in the standard test books provided by Educational Testing Service, the College Board and ETS did not score the two affected sections and are able to provide students with valid and reliable scores.

To make this determination, we conducted a comprehensive review and statistical analysis with three important components:

  • First, the scores for the shorter test were shown to be sufficiently reliable — meaning they show technical consistency over repeated testings.
  • Second, the equating process was not affected by the error. Equating is a statistical procedure that is conducted to ensure that different versions of a test are of comparable difficulty.
  • Finally, the scored sections had the same distribution of content and skills as the full-length test and therefore is reflective of the overall SAT content specifications.

We have consistently communicated with College Board higher education members since learning of the misprint in the June 6 SAT administration book. Admission directors from across the country have told us they have full confidence in those scores and will view them just like scores from any other SAT administration. They want students to be assured of the integrity of their scores.

[Watch a video for students from James Montoya, College Board Vice President for Higher Education and a former admissions director at Stanford.]

We take our responsibility to students very seriously, and we appreciate their patience as we’ve worked to deliver to institutions scores that are valid and reliable.

Students and families can visit our website for real time updates and frequently asked questions. The website also includes a Q&A with Jack Buckley, Senior Vice President, Research, providing additional information on the technical accuracy of the scores. Students with additional questions or concerns are welcome to contact customer service at sat@info.collegeboard.org.

(Read our previous update).

Frequently Asked Questions for Students


Q: What happened during the June 6 administration of the SAT?

Shortly before noon Eastern time on Saturday, June 6, Educational Testing Service (ETS) informed the College Board that there was a printing error in the standard test books ETS provided to students taking the SAT® on June 6 in the United States. The time allotted for the last reading section was incorrect in the student test books but correct in the script and manual provided to test center supervisors. The copy in the student test books indicated "25 minutes" while the manual and script indicated the correct time limit of "20 minutes." Because of the way the SAT is administered, while the misprint appeared in the last reading section, students may have been taking the last math section in the same room at the same time, and also would be affected.

As soon as ETS became aware of the error during the administration of the test, it worked to provide accurate guidance to supervisors and administrators.

Q: Who does this affect?

All students who took the SAT on June 6 in the United States are affected. This does not affect students who took the SAT on Sunday, June 7, or any SAT Subject Test offered that day.

Q: Will scores be available for all students who took the SAT on June 6 in the U.S.?

After a comprehensive review and statistical analysis, the College Board and ETS have determined that the last reading and last math sections will not be scored, and that we are providing reliable scores for all students who took the SAT in the U.S. on June 6. We are delivering scores within the usual time frame.

Q: Will colleges and universities view these scores the same as scores they receive from other administrations?

Yes. Admission directors from across the country have told us they have full confidence in those scores and will view them just like scores from any other SAT administration. They want students to be assured of the integrity of their scores.

Q: When I report my scores to my high school and colleges and universities will they know that two sections of my exam were not scored?

All scores will be reported as regular SAT scores. There will be no notation on your score.

Q: How is it possible to not score two sections and still have valid scores?

The SAT consists of three Tests: Reading, Writing, and Math — with each test having multiple sections. To accommodate the wide range of incidents that can impact a testing experience, the SAT is designed to collect enough information to provide valid and reliable scores even with an additional unscored section within a test.

We have deliberately constructed each test to include three equal sections with roughly the same level of difficulty. If one of the three sections is jeopardized, the correlation among sections is sufficient to be able to deliver reliable scores.

Q: How does this impact the Student Answer Service (SAS) that I ordered?

Students who ordered the Student Answer Service will still be able to receive it as planned. However, for students who tested in the U.S., the unscored sections from the June 6 SAT administration will not appear in the report.

Q: Is there an opportunity for students to take the test again?

We remain confident in the reliability of scores from the June 6 administration of the SAT and don't want to cause undue anxiety for students by making them believe they need to sit for the test again. However, we have waived the fee for the October SAT administration for students who let us know that their testing experience was negatively affected by the printing error and we will continue to do so, through the September 3 registration deadline for the October administration.

Q: Where can I go for additional information?

To address any additional questions from students and families, our customer service professionals are available at sat@info.collegeboard.org or by calling 866-756-7346.