Should PSAT Memes be Allowed?


Andres Nichols, Contributor

After the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), many teenagers have posted PSAT memes on social media. College Board (the company associated with the PSAT) wants to prevent the contents of the test from being spread around. To prevent this, College Board claims that the test scores of the test taker, if discovered, will be invalidated. Despite the risk, many teens continue to make and post memes about the PSAT. Despite College Board not wanting the content of the PSAT to be spread, PSAT memes should be allowed because they are just a nation wide inside joke.

This has been an ongoing problem that seemed to begin around 2015. Since then, College Board has been continuously warning test-takers to not spread information about the test. College Board claims that any information about the test, whether in small or large quantity, will lead to the test’s invalidation. Before taking the test, students have to sign a contract to not discuss anything about the test even on social media. But this has not stopped teens from posting the out of context references to the test.

Many memes about the PSAT are small phrases of the test. Anyone would stumble across these memes would not understand them. These people would move on and more likely forget about the meme. Those who have not taken the test do not learn anything about the test. The memes about the PSAT would then only be funny to those who have taken the test. College Board fears that the memes will lead teens to solve the mystery and found out about the test content. However, many teens would remain unspoiled and would not be able to piece together any context of the PSAT. Many of the memes would seem weird to those who have not taken the test.

College Board does have a fair point to not want future test-takers to get spoiled and learn more about the test. Yet these memes about the PSAT are like an inside joke. No one but those that have taken the test will understand the context and them funny. College Board can fairly invalidate scores since all test-takers have to sign a contract before taking the test. However, College Board should be more lenient with PSAT memes, because they do not spoil future test-takers and allow those who have taken the test to get a good laugh for the next few days.