Lost Loudoun Co. SATs put students in bind

WASHINGTON — All the studying, stressing and focusing that go into taking the SAT are generally rewarded with a score fit to dangle in front of a university, but that is not the case for a group of Loudoun County students whose results may have been lost.

About 300 students at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia, learned Wednesday that the tests they took May 2 never arrived to the College Board.

Loudoun County Public Schools says the tests were sent off via UPS, but for some reason, the exams apparently never arrived at their destination.

The option the students are left with now is to retake the SAT.

“I signed up for classes, I signed up for pre-classes, I studied hours beforehand, and just to find out that that had all gone to waste was pretty stressful for all of us,” says Nick Bowe, a junior who took the SAT for the first time.

Others vented on social media and called the College Board directly.

A College Board spokesman says it is still keeping a watchful eye for the shipment, but “experience has shown that if materials have not arrived by this point, they are unlikely to be located.”

“We share the frustration of affected students and their families. 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,” the College Board said in an email statement to WTOP.

Students can retake the SAT June 20 at Broad Run High School. Those who are unable to take the SAT on June 20 are entitled to a free transfer to a future test date, the College Board says. Those seeking to transfer to another test date can call SAT Customer Service at 866-756-7346.

“I must say it’s be a very, very terrible experience,” says Bowe, speaking not only of the lost test, but also the confusion about how it happened.

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