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Although it’s discomforting to get a letter that your SAT or ACT scores cannot be released and are under investigation, this is almost certainly a good thing. Assuming you did not cheat on the test, your score is destined to be very good compared to a prior ACT, SAT or PSAT.

What To Do When Scores Are Delayed

The makers of the SAT demand scrutiny when someone’s score has increased by what they believe to be an inordinately high amount. When a student scores 250 points higher than a previous test, they are required to investigate for cheating.

Your score sheet will be compared to the score sheets of other strong performers in the classroom. Take a student destined to score a 1550; the SAT makers may think your answers were copied from this “whiz kid”. When the same few questions are wrong on both your pages, they may think something is afoul.

If you worked hard to improve your SAT score and did not cheat, understand it will take a few weeks to get the “all clear”. Yet in the end, you will get the highly improved score you deserve.

Retaking the Test

We do advise students to sign up for the next test, just in case the SAT makers cannot exonerate you. It’s unfortunate, but your best defense is to exonerate yourself by doing just as well on the retake.

Keep in mind, we have seen the SAT release an original score after a second test. Let’s say your score went up a lot, but not as much as on the withheld test – 210 vs. 250. This difference will show them you are a greatly improved student and you’ll get the benefit of the doubt.