I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys taking standardized tests. Some may loathe them less than others but no one enjoys the experience. Certainly taking them when the tests have errors or when your competitors have prior access to the questions doesn’t enhance the experience.
The New York Times reports that roughly one third of the 2500 students who took the new computerized MCAT last Saturday received a question that made no sense. During the verbal section of the exam, they read a passage and then needed to respond to questions on that passage; unfortunately they received the wrong questions. Robert F. Jones, a senior vice president at the Association of American Medical Colleges, which oversees the MCAT, expressed regret and assured students that there score would not be affected by that section. One student, who was interviewed, said that the glitch seriously threw off his timing and concentration, and that his overall score would be affected even if AAMC did not count those questions.
The same article notes that at least one student in Seoul, South Korea had the SAT before it was administered to over 300,000 other students. The Educational Testing Service is investigating the extent of the leak.
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