After a summer of studying for the SAT, I finally took the exam on August 25th, 2018. It had been my first time taking it. After taking the exam, I started hearing others claiming that it was the same exam given last year internationally in October. I decided to check Twitter and discovered screenshots of the exam I had taken. I looked up some key words online and found the entire PDF of the test I had taken word for word on a tutoring website based in China.
The next day, I went to my Youth Group and told everyone about what CollegeBoard did and why they should be held accountable. I later discovered reports of the CollegeBoard recycling tests prior to the time I took the exam. However, this never got to the mainstream news. With these facts in mind, I organized a group at the Youth Group to call news stations' tip lines and tell them about the incident to make sure that the public is informed about the College Board's dishonesty. We were interviewed by the L.A. Times and NBC 4. Other news stations also reported the controversy after we left a tip.
On Saturday, Huzail Hassan was one of the thousands of anxious students across the United States who took the SAT, the college entrance exam that's been a dreaded rite of passage for millions of American high school students since 1926. "As soon as I walked out, I was feeling like I didn't do my best," Hassan said Sunday.
I also contacted the senator of California and met with one of her representatives in her L.A. office and explained the issue to her. After the meeting, I received a follow up from them stating that their role is limited at the time and cannot do anything about it. Later, I received a message from Diane Feinstein thanking me for sharing my thoughts and appreciating hearing students like me taking an active interest in the government. I felt that I left an impact for future test takers after getting this issue to a person in power and the mainstream media. Hopefully, test-takers will be able to take a test knowing the person next to them didn't already have an answer key.