I would just like to start a discussion and see if any other candidates have been scammed by ABCTE in regards to their essay scores. I am a professional with a doctorate degree. After passing the multiple choice portions of both exams (the PTK & ELA), I waited for my essay scores. I then had to essentially harass ABCTE to get them within the allotted 6 weeks- even after I had been promised my scores within 3 weeks following my exams. When I finally did hear about my essay scores, all I received was an email from an ABCTE staff member claiming I had failed both essays. Upon calling this staff member- who could not even address me by the correct name or confirm which exams I took or on which dates- I was told that ABCTE will not allow me to review my essays or the score reports from graders. Actually, I was blatantly told that the only errors I had were "writing too fancy" and having a few spelling mistakes. Again I asked to review my score reports from the graders and for copies of my essays where the specific errors were cited. The only resolve I was offered was for the staff to read me my essay over the phone and then read me the rubric which is published online. Neither of these options are helpful or reassuring, as I am now convinced that ABCTE allows their completely subjective graders to fail first time test takers in order to gain the extra $100 re-score fee or the $125 retake fee. After over a week of complaints I have gotten no where. Currently I am being told by ABCTE management that they have a copyright on the essay which I composed- which is not only untrue, but illegal. I also have not even been provided any type of score confirmation aside from the email contact and being told that one staff member "is pretty sure both essays received a 3".
I am paying ABCTE for a service and being scammed. I would like to know if anyone else has been treated the same way by this company. And, I would like to know if anyone has taken legal action against ABCTE, as I am considering doing so. I now have multiple claims for breach of contract, fraud, and FERPA violations.
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