Private school students get fake ADHD diagnoses, boost SAT

Teenagers are getting bogus ADHD diagnoses to score extra time in standardized testing exams — and numbers are surging after the tests were reintroduced by elite Ivy League colleges.

Parents are taking their children to doctors and psychologists for letters saying they have the condition or other mental disabilities, then getting as much as 50% more time to take the tests.

It can mean a 200-point boost to an SAT score, one expert said.

To get extra time, the SAT and ACT’s administrators require that students provide documentation of a disability from a mental health professional.

As well as ADHD, conditions such as anxiety and depression can qualify students for time accommodations.
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