Staggered SAT scores leave students feeling concerned

Miscommunication on April SAT day score release has generated confusion and stress among parents, staff and juniors registering for the June SAT.

In the past, juniors chose to take a free SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer where the school would give vouchers for the tests. However, this year was the first time juniors took the test for National SAT Day at school.

After taking the SAT in April, students were contacted and informed that their scores would come out May 2.  But when checking their College Board accounts for their scores, students found no change. Junior Maia Brandolini, who took the April SAT, says,  “I was really confused because the whole day everybody had been refreshing the page excited to see our scores.”

Class of 2020 Administrator Mark Brown was this year’s SAT School Day Coordinator, responsible for assigning proctors and classrooms and registering current juniors. Confronted with the situation, he contacted the College Board who said that scores are staggered starting May 2 and different schools receive their scores within a window. “I think people believed that it was going to be on May 2, but it wasn’t on May 2, it was starting on May 2,” Mr. Brown says.

Eventually, most students received their scores May 8, almost a full week after they were told they would receive it. Students with accommodations or make up tests received their scores even later.

Some students did not receive their scores until May 17 like junior Sophia Burtnick who had to retake the SAT because of confusion with extended timing to accommodate her ADD. “I started the normal SAT, thinking my extended timing didn’t go through but I had to stop in the middle and do the makeup two weeks later,” says Burtnick.

Staggering SAT scores caused many problems for students, especially for students who wanted to register for the June SAT. The June SAT registration deadline was May 3, one week before most students received their scores.  Junior Cameron Dewey, who signed up for the June SAT, says, “I was stressing out because I didn’t know whether or not I should sign up for the June SAT and I ended up doing it anyway but with the score I got, I really could have not taken it again.”

Students were also confused whether they were registered to take the test. To make registration more clear next year, the administration plans to set fixed deadlines and communicate more with students and parents through ConnectEd, information sent to parents through email and phone calls.