I think this should be addressed with NFB or NLS as they are the administrators of the test. When you are doing a test (regardless of the agency it is for) you must follow the testing agencies rules/policies. Personally, I do think that following the 2016 Formats rules should be allowed...but NBA is not the testing agency. My suggestion is to submit a formal protest and see if that gets you any answers/clarification.
I am sorry for this confusion.