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Officials: Most take advantage of ACT makeup

HAMPTON — Eighty of 123 students scheduled to take the ACT earlier this month showed up for the make-up test June 15.

ACT Spokesman Ed Colby said the students missed taking the college entrance exam because the person hired to coordinate and proctor the June 8 test was a no-show.

“This situation is not typical,” said Colby.

He said the no-show was the only such case of 4,386 ACT testing centers open nationwide that Saturday.

The supervisor — a former teacher at Lovejoy High — was newly-trained and hired by ACT, replacing the long-time test supervisor at the high school.

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson offered an apology to students the following Monday. She and the school district planned a free Chick-fil-A lunch for the test-takers following the make-up exam.

Colby said the 43 students who did not participate in Saturday’s makeup have the option of switching their registration to a future ACT test date at no additional cost or getting a refund.

ACT also has secured new testing staff for future tests. He said testing will continue at Lovejoy High for the 2013-14 ACT testing year.