Unified School District 428 officials are warning Great Bend parents of a scam involving ACT/SAT testing.
“We had a parent let us know that he received a phone call from a group offering free ACT/SAT instructional materials,” said Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess. “He was told that his child (our student) had asked for them.”
The caller then said they guaranteed an increase in score and that there was no cost. After many questions, the “seller” asked for a credit card number because after so many days the customer had have to return materials. But when the parent asked for a phone number to call them back, the seller hung up.
“Our administration wanted parents to know about this so that you do not give out your credit card,” Friess said. “This isn’t something that GBHS is involved in.”
Instead, the principal said, GBHS offers its own Panther Prep program on Sunday afternoons for students interested in raising their ACT scores.
ACT stands for American College Testing, and it is a national college admission and placement exam taken by around 20 percent of American high school students each year.
The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude (or Assessment) Test and is a product of the College Board. The SAT website includes the following under its frequently asked questions section:
“Does the College Board sell SAT test prep products over the telephone?
“No, we do not. The College Board makes every effort to protect a student’s privacy. When a student takes a College Board exam [such as the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT or Advanced Placement (AP)] they have a choice to ‘opt in’ to Student Search Service (SSS). If the student says yes, this enables the College Board to provide that student’s basic information to eligible colleges and universities, scholarship programs and certain higher education enrichment opportunities.
While the College Board recommends that students take advantage of our free and low cost practice tools in order to help them do their best on test day, it is our strict policy to NOT sell student information to test preparation companies nor are such companies affiliated with the College Board.”