ACT sets exam makeup date at Lovejoy High

HAMPTON — Students will get another chance to take the ACT college entrance exam this weekend after being left out of the testing process June 8.

ACT took full responsibility Monday for the testing debacle.

ACT Spokesman Ed Colby said 123 students showed up Saturday at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, where they were scheduled to take the exam. But they were unable to take the test — their last opportunity until September — because the person responsible for proctoring the exam did not show.

“This situation is not typical,” said Colby, who has been with the testing agency 12 years.

Some students may have been looking to get scores in time to apply for college admissions this fall, he said. June 8 would have been their last official opportunity.

“It’s a very regrettable situation,” said Colby. “We’re working with the school system to re-arrange a makeup test for the students.”

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson also issued an apology to students Monday.

“We apologize to students and parents for the most unfortunate circumstances that took place at the Lovejoy High School test administration site on June 8,” said Jackson. “After working diligently to determine the causes that led to students not being able to take the test, we feel that a solution in the best interests of these students has been achieved.”

ACT is providing the affected students three options.

Colby said students can reschedule to take the test during a fall test date at no additional charge by calling ACT's registration department.

Students can request a refund of the registration fee, or they can attend the special makeup test this Saturday at Lovejoy High.

Jackson said the district will provide lunch for Saturday’s test-takers.

ACT plans to contact students directly about their options.

Colby said the issue arose when the new testing supervisor responsible for coordinating the June 8 test did not fulfill the obligation. She did not show up for the test itself.

“It’s very, very rare for this to happen,” said Colby, noting it was the only such case of 4,386 ACT testing centers open nationwide Saturday.

Colby said the supervisor, a former teacher at Lovejoy High, was newly-trained and hired by ACT. The previous test proctor was a long-time supervisor at the site. He said ACT will hire a new testing supervisor for Lovejoy High in the coming weeks for future tests.

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