Among the many headaches to arise from the blizzard forecast to slam the mid-Atlantic this weekend: It will in all likelihood disrupt plans for thousands of college-bound students to take the SAT on Saturday in the final administration of the high-stakes test before a new version debuts in March.
The College Board, which owns the SAT, said test centers are closed at the discretion of local authorities. Closures appear likely to be widespread in the Washington area and beyond because of heavy snowfall predicted Friday and Saturday.
Any closures will lead to rescheduling of the test for affected students. The current version of the test will be given on the makeup day. Some test centers are already announcing postponements. One makeup date that has emerged in some states is Feb. 20.
“Our primary concern is the safety of everyone taking exams,” the College Board said in a statement. As soon as we have confirmation that a test center is closed due to inclement weather, we will post the test centers and the makeup dates on this site. Students and parents should also check local media as test centers are instructed to notify local outlets when their centers are closed due to inclement weather.”
More than 350,000 students are registered for the Saturday administration of the test, a College Board spokesman said. The current version, about to be retired, has been in place since 2005. It has a maximum score of 2400 and a required essay.
A revised version will debut on March 5, with a maximum score of 1600 and an optional essay. The overhaul is billed as a measure to make the SAT a better reflection of what is taught in schools.