Reasons For Score Cancellations II

Scores may be canceled because of questionable item responses or unusual answer patterns. There may be unusual similarities in responses among candidates who took the MAT at the same CTC at the same time. A candidate may respond to too few questions to allow a genuine score to be calculated. A candidate’s responses may show too large a proportion of the same answer choices.

If Harcourt Assessment, Inc. should choose to cancel the results of a test because of unusual responses, the candidate will be informed by means of his or her Personal Score Report. The candidate is then advised to contact PSE Customer Relations at Harcourt Assessment, Inc. within sixty days of writing the test to inquire about possible options. The candidate may be permitted to provide an explanation for the test results.

A candidate may also have his or her scores canceled if there is a questionable score gain. This occurs in situations where the candidate has written the test more than once. A questionable score occurs when the scaled score and total group percentile rank earned by the candidate on a test are at least fifty points higher than the highest scaled score and highest total percentile rank earned by the candidate on a previous MAT taken within the last 12 months. The test fitting this description is called the Score Gain Test.


If Harcourt Assessment, Inc. cancels the candidate’s scores because of questionable score gain, the candidate is informed by means of the Personal Score Report. The candidate is advised to contact PSE Customer Relations of Harcourt Assessment, Inc. within sixty days of the Score Gain Test. The candidate may be allowed to rewrite the test at no extra charge. This is called the Free Retest. Failing this, the candidate may appeal the decision to cancel the scores.

If the candidate’s score on the Free Retest is within 25 scaled score points and 13 percentile rank points of the score and rank earned on the Score Gain Test (higher or lower), the results of the Free Retest will be released by Harcourt Assessment, Inc. If the scaled score and percentile rank obtained on the Free Retest are more than 25 scaled score points and 13 percentile rank points higher or lower than those obtained on the Score Gain Test, the scores will not be released. Under no circumstances will the scores earned on the Score Gain Test be reported.