- High school senior Kamilah Campbell increased her SAT score from a 900 to 1230 when she took it a second time.
- The 18-year-old from Miami, Florida, said she did not cheat, and that she improved her score through studying, tutors, and a free online SAT prep program.
- But the Educational Testing Services, which oversees college entrance exam testing, has deemed her score invalid and is reviewing discrepancies on her answer key.
- Educational Testing Services doesn’t cancel scores solely because of a point increase, and said other factors were at play.
A high school senior in Florida claims she is being treated unfairly after her 330-point SAT improvement was deemed invalid by the testing company.
Kamilah Campbell, 18, told CBS News that she increased her SAT score from 900 to 1230 through months of studying, tutors, and a free online SAT prep program.
But now the Educational Testing Services, which oversees college entrance exam testing, says her score is invalid and under review because of discrepancies on her answer key.
“We are writing to you because based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores … are invalid,” the organisation said in a letter to Campbell after she re-took the test in October, according to CNN. “Our preliminary concerns are based on substantial agreement between your answers on one or more scored sections of the test and those of other test takers. The anomalies noted above raise concerns about the validity of your scores.”
A high school senior in Fla. claims she is being unfairly punished after showing a marked improvement on her SAT's.
18-year-old Kamilah Campbell increased her score by 300 points — only to be later told that it was invalid.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 2, 2019
Educational Testing Services told CBS News that it doesn’t invalidate scores solely because of a point increase. Other factors that the organisation would not disclose also play a role.
Campbell, who attends Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School in Miami and has a 3.1 grade point average, said she did not cheat on the test, and that her score was flagged because it was so much better than her first.
She received a combined 1230 from the reading, writing and language, maths and essay sections when she re-took the exam. A perfect score on the SAT is a 1600.
“Because it improved for over 300 points, so they’re saying I improved basically too much and that’s sceptical for them,” Campbell told CBS News. “They are not looking at it as if, ‘Maybe she focused and dedicated herself to passing this test.'”
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 2, 2019
Campbell said that because her score is under review, she missed the deadline to apply to her first choice college, Florida State University, and can’t apply for SAT score-based scholarships.
According to Prep Scholar, the average SAT score for admitted FSU students is 1260 on the 1600 SAT scale.
Campbell’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump, is considering suing Educational Testing Services over the legitimacy of the teen’s scores.
The superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district, where Campbell attends high school, has asked for an investigation into the teen’s scores to be quick.
The College Board released a study last year that said studying for 20 hours on a free Official SAT Practice course through the non-profit educational organisation Khan Academy can improve a score by an average of 115 points.
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