— chlo (@chloecina) October 20, 2016
The photo above depicts one of the many memes that were posted on Oct. 19, 2016 after the PSAT was taken by students all across America. Such memes have caused much controversy about whether or not they are appropriate considering the information that is being shared. Image by Twitter
By Yesenia Leon
After taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) on Oct. 19, 2016, students began to flood social media with memes— humorous images—based on readings and questions from the assessment. Although students see them as harmless, College Board is making it a point to remind students that they signed a contract prohibiting the sharing of any testing information, even though they are in no way violating it through the memes they are posting.
A tweet stated that although College Board was happy students were excited about having taken the PSAT, they wanted to remind students that sharing test information could lead to the reduction of points from their test scores. But under the present circumstances, there is no reason for them to do so.
Students are not posting pictures directly from the test nor are they sharing questions with the answers that were available. If what students are doing was actually wrong, the College Board would have started revoking test scores since it seems that they are very worried about information being leaked. Although this is a big problem, it is not what we are currently facing.
The contract all students were required to sign goes as follows, ‘By signing above you agree to not share any specific test question with anyone in any form of communication. Including email, internet posts or other use of the internet. Doing so may result in score cancellation and or possible sanction’.
Although College Board negates the sharing of test information, the memes are going viral across the country. However, the posts do not explicitly give away any detailed or concrete questions from the PSAT. Reading through such posts it is evident that unless you took the PSAT you would not be able to comprehend the inside jokes and humor they contain. Even though I agree that students should not be leaking information about the PSAT, the memes on social media are not grounds for College Board to take action.
Still it is important to note that students should be careful while uploading anything on social media, especially during testing as it can not only affect the student but the entire school.
“If there were instances of [information from the PSAT being leaked] at Bonita and they came to light and got linked to us, it’s entirely possible that all our exam scores could be invalidated” International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement coordinator, Jared Phelps said.