Concerns about the June SAT
If you aren't happy with your June SAT scores, you aren't alone. The typical story we heard from our clients is that they felt great coming out of the test, which is why they were shocked to see their scores go down.
So what the heck happened?
It seems that the test was unusually easy, and to combat this flaw in test design, the College Board chose to implement an incredibly harsh grading curve. (You can read more about this phenomenon here, here and here.) Many students took to social media to demand a rescore, but based on the College Board's response, it doesn't look like that is likely.
The good news? This experience was the same across the country. Keep in mind that the SAT is, in theory, just a way to rank students against their peers. If the curve for the entire cohort is pushed down, then students' scores will suffer, but their percentile rankings will, theoretically, be the same. Add to this the fact that - owing to the controversy stirred up by rightly frustrated students - colleges are aware of this defective test, and it might not quite be time to mourn students' college futures.
One of our main concerns about this problematic test is that, aside from wasting students' time, it is having a detrimental effect on our their confidence and motivation in standardized testing. If your student is struggling to regain his or her confidence or motivation following this debacle, we would love to do whatever we can to help. If you've worked with us in the past, your student is invited to join us at any of our summer courses, free of charge. If you haven't worked with us in the past, your student is still always welcome to join us at any of our free practice tests.
While this particular sitting of the SAT is a hurdle in the process, it isn't insurmountable by any means. We encourage you to reach out to us to see how we can help you plan for the fall and your college applications.