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Students with wrong SAT scores may score

Published August 25, 2007


ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 4,400 students who received incorrect scores on 2005 SAT exams could get a share of $2.85-million under a proposed settlement announced Friday by parties in a federal class-action lawsuit.

The payout by the not-for-profit College Board and test scoring company NCS Pearson Inc. would give the wronged test takers a minimum of $275. The settlement needs ratification by Judge Joan Ericksen during a hearing scheduled for Nov. 29.

"We were eager to put this behind us and focus on the future," said Edna Johnson, a spokeswoman for the College Board, which administers the SAT.

In all, 4,411 students got incorrectly low scores and more than 600 had better results than they earned on the October 2005 test. Test-takers who were scored too low later had results corrected.

Joe Snodgrass, a St. Paul lawyer who represents some students, said lawyers wanted to make sure those with an incorrectly low score got something.

Students who submit a short claim form will get the $275. Those that felt they were harmed more can ask for a higher amount. People can also file their own lawsuits and not take part in the settlement.

Any unclaimed money at the end of the settlement period would go to charity.

Snodgrass said the two firms representing students had agreed to share a maximum of $900,000 in attorney fees, also subject to the judge's approval at the November hearing.

The SAT is taken by more than 1.5-million students and used by many colleges as a factor in selecting students.

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For more information about the SAT settlement, you may call a toll-free help line at (888) 568-7675.

[Last modified August 24, 2007, 23:23:02]

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