Does The College Board care about your education?

By DYLAN ROSENTHAL

The College Board is notoriously known by just about every single high school student. This corporation administers the SAT college entrance exam, and controls Advanced Placement (AP) classes across the world. The College Board paints itself as an organization to prepare students for higher education and to help kick-start a successful future; but is this really their priority?

Just by navigating onto the College Board website and logging into one’s account, it immediately seems as if the College Board only cares about one thing; money. Whether you are scheduling to take an SAT Exam or ordering a practice book, The College Board makes sure to take money from you no matter where you turn. In order to take an SAT exam, you must pay $52.50 directly on the College Board website. Are you curious to see an answer booklet with the answer key once you receive your score? That will be $18. Would you like to know your score early and find it out on the phone from a College Board Representative? That will be another $15. All of these fees on top of the SAT cost can make your stressful test taking even stressful financially.

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Students taking Advanced Placement exams have to deal with lots of costs as well. To take an AP exam, you must pay $92; this can be extremely pricey if you take more than one AP course (which many AP students do). In exchange of this price, a student can possibly earn up to three college credits per exam (depending on the school’s policy and the score). In some cases however students receive lower scores than they could have ever imagined. In this case, the College Board offers a $30 re-score fee. What is not in big print however is that ONLY the multiple choice is re-scored. If you think there is a grading mistake on writing responses, that is too bad.

The College Board also proudly calls itself a nonprofit organization. What does “nonprofit” actually mean?

According to Wikipedia, a nonprofit organization is an organization that uses its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or mission, rather than distributing its surplus income to the organization’s shareholders (or equivalents) as profit or dividends.

What this definition leaves out is the fact that the executives that are in charge of the College Board still manage to have hefty salaries. The Chief Executive Officer of the College Board is David Coleman. In 2012, Coleman became the CEO with a starting salary of $750,000 a year including compensation.

While College Board claims to be a nonprofit organization to prepare students for college, it seems like their true purpose is to accumulate wealth off of student’s needs to get a higher education. It is time that students and universities start to see the College Board for what it truly is; a corporation that makes a great deal of money, because it clearly is not to an organization to increase college readiness.