Students to Re-Take SAT Due to Improper Seating

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dozens of high school students may need to retake their SATs, after a seating problem at one south Charlotte testing site caused their scores to be thrown out.

Several students who took the college-entrance exam at Providence High School on May 3 have had their scores withheld, pending review.

Marvin Ridge High School junior Aidan Gimon is still waiting for his results, which should have been returned by May 23.

"They basically told me I have to redo that same test in the middle of summer," said Gimon.

When NBC Charlotte reached out to the Educational Testing Service, or ETS, to find out why, they sent this statement:

Following the May 3 administration of the SAT at Providence High School, Educational Testing Service (ETS) was notified that students may not have been seated appropriately according to the test administration and security guidelines provided to Test Center Supervisors in advance of the exam.

The ETS has not released the number of student affected by the problem. Gimon estimated about 150 students took the tests in several different classrooms, and friends from different classrooms have told him they have to retake the test.

The ETS said it would contact students individually to discuss scores.

Gimon's mother, Anita, is frustrated by the problem, and that ETS won't tell her more about it. She worries her son, who wants to major in engineering, won't get the scores he needs on a second try.

"If he was having a really good day and got a great score, that's been invalidated," she said. "So if on the makeup day he 's not having a great day, he can get a lower score -- and that to me is not fair."

She said the ETS promised to get back to her in 5 to 7 days.

"Which says to me I will probably never hear a word," she said dryly.

Aidan said he resigned to repeating the four-hour grind, even if he doesn't want to.

"I just have to go in and retake the test, because you have to take the test to get into college," he said.


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