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Lost SAT Exams Mean Retakes For 263 Loudoun Students

© Leesburg Today - 05/28/2015

Just as the end of the school year appears on the horizon, 263 Loudoun County students learned Wednesday they will have to retake the SAT after the tests they took three weeks ago were apparently lost in the mail.

The test was administered at Broad Run High School May 2.

Loudoun County Public Schools' spokesman Wayde Byard said school system staff gathered the exams, sealed them in an addressed envelope and mailed them to the College Board.

""We don't know what happened to it after that,"" he said. ""But we did our part correctly.""

The College Board told students they could either test again June 20-eight days after school is let out for the summer-or apply for a refund of the $60 test fee.

An Ashburn parent who did not want her name published said her son logged on to the College Board website Wednesday to check his score. Instead, he found the daunting words ""makeup test required"" next to his name.

""When I called their 1-800 number to ask them why he needed a makeup test when he already took the test on May 2nd they said the tests at the school were lost,"" she wrote in an email. ""My son is in shock that he has to go thru final exams for high school and then turn around and take the SAT again-a four hour test!""

College Board Media Relations Director Zach Goldberg said the company has not yet received the SAT and SAT Subject Test answer sheets from the May 2 exam.

""We share the frustration of affected students and their families,"" he wrote in an email. ""Every effort is being made to locate the shipment. In the meantime, we are working to provide options to accommodate these students, including a makeup test day or transfer to a future test.""

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