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How Many Will Take Tomorrow’s SAT?

Many high school students and counselors are complaining that the students will not be able to take tomorrow’s scheduled SAT despite signing up for it.

For more than a year now, some testing centers have been closed on the test day. Test takers are particularly complaining in Chicago and parts of the Midwest, New England and California. “Families usually understand why some centers canceled but are concerned with the very late notice, the College Board’s inability or unwillingness to relocate or reschedule test takers, and the still-deteriorating level of College Board customer service,” said Robert Schaeffer, executive director of FairTest: the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

Zach Goldberg, a spokesman for the College Board, said via email, “We’ve continued to see strong demand from students to take the SAT and submit scores. While COVID-19 still has an impact on students’ ability to take the SAT, we’re seeing the situation improve significantly since last fall. For the May 2021 weekend administration, almost 75 percent of the students who registered were able to test, compared with only 43 percent back in August when we began to administer the SAT during the pandemic. Test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT and at what capacity, and they may close before the administration, right up until test day. We are asking test centers to report closures to College Board as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day.”

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