When folks are asked their favorite companies in the world, companies like Apple and Netflix may come to mind. And what are a couple of companies that are unlikely to come to mind? ACT and College Board. Come on, even College Board and ACT executives would have difficulty arguing that they’re among the most adored companies in the world. Most people don’t like to take tests on Saturdays nor do they like to have to pay for tests they don’t wish to take. Yet the entire business model of ACT and College Board is built on getting students to take lots of tests. But while ACT and College Board have never exactly been the coolest kids in the class, they may not have expected to come under attack from an organization like the International Association for College Admission Counseling. Alright, maybe the IACAC isn’t the coolest kid in the class either but ACT and College Board now find themselves having to address their issues or risk backlash.
ACT and College Board Sometimes Cancel International Tests
As esteemed education reporter Valerie Strauss writes in a piece for “The Washington Post” entitled “International counselors blast ACT and College Board, citing ‘lack of confidence’ over testing,” “An organization representing nearly 3,000 school counselors working around the globe just issued a scathing statement rebuking the College Board and ACT Inc. for their handling of international administration of the SAT and ACT college admissions exams, citing a ‘lack of confidence’ in the testing giants. The International Association for College Admission Counseling, with members in 100 countries who work with hundreds of thousands of overseas students and U.S. citizens living abroad, attacked the two organizations for frequently canceling tests in countries at the last moment and then failing to communicate in a timely fashion. The statement…also said U.S. students now ‘have an advantage in the U.S. admissions process’ because more test administrations are given every year and overseas students have fewer chances to take the tests.”
International Students Are At A Disadvantage
We absolutely agree with the folks at the International Association for College Admission Counseling. We believe that ACT and College Board have unfairly canceled tests in the past that were supposed to be administered to honest students in different corners of our world. These students put in a lot of time studying for these exams. They practiced taking the exam. They studied tricks. They ate salmon for dinner the night before. They were primed and ready. And then ACT and College Board just cancel their respective exams, often without offering a timely explanation? It’s unfair to the vast majority of students who are honest and just looking to do the best they can so they can earn admission to the best school in America they can possibly get into. But allow us to clarify a sentiment expressed by the IACAC — a sentiment that U.S. students now ‘have an advantage in the U.S. admissions process.’ U.S. students have always had an advantage in the U.S. admissions process, irrespective of these unfair test cancelations. These unfair test cancelations just add to this advantage.
Do our readers think the IACAC will make any headway with ACT and College Board? Or will these organizations cancel exams in the future in countries like South Korea? Do our readers think international students have reason to be frustrated with ACT and College Board? Let us know your thoughts by posting a Comment below.
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