By Steve Almasy, Hollie Silverman, Tina Burnside
Kamilah Campbell wants to go to Florida State University and major in dance. She has a 3.1 grade point average and a lifetime of dance experience.But after getting her score from the SAT after her first try — a 900 — Campbell decided she needed to do better.
Her mom got her a tutor, she took online classes and she got a copy of a The Princeton Review prep book.Seven months later, in October, the high school senior from Miami Gardens, Florida, took the test again.Later, when she got an envelope in the mail from the testing company, she was shocked when she opened it.It was a letter. Not results.
“We are writing to you because based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores … are invalid,” it said. “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.”