The massive snowstorm Jonas that left at least 17 dead, brought down up to three feet of snow from the Carolinas to New York, and New England and left thousands without power caused another calamity, the cancellation of the last old SAT exam for thousands of students in the states affected. Ahead of the historic blizzard, the College Board already announced the SAT exam would be cancelled on Thursday evening, Jan. 21, 2016 for students along the East Coast and the snowstorm’s path. The specific test centers were responsible for cancelling the exam and started doing so on Thursday even before the storm started wrecking havoc.
The board has already listed the date for the make-up exam, and the consensus date is Saturday, Feb. 20, giving students a month more to prepare. The College Board has the detailed up to date listing on test centers and their rescheduled dates. Students taking the rescheduled exam will still be taking the old version of the SAT. Only testing center in Rhode Island at the NEW ENGLAND ACADEMY OF TORAH (Sunday Test Center) rescheduled the exam for Feb. 21 for religious reasons. The Jan. 23 exam date was the last time students could take the old SAT exam before the newly redesigned one is released to test takers for the first time on Mar. 5.
Dozens of exam centers advised the College Board they would be cancelling the exam on Saturday, with many more making last minute cancellations. The test centers were the ones making the decision to cancel the exam. Exam centers cancelled the test in most of the states along the east from Alabama through Massachusetts, with some states further inland also cancelling the exam.
Among the states affected are, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virgina. Most of these test centers have already rescheduled the exam to be administered on Feb. 20 while a few are still marking to be determined.
Since students could not go to another test center to take the exam, they will have to wait to take the make-up exam. Those students who were waitlisted, will lose their chance to take the last old SAT and instead will have to take the new one first be held on Mar. 5. The College Board is advising students to “print a new, updated ticket with the new center information noted on it.” Telling them, they “must bring your updated ticket with [them] on test day to the reassigned center.”
The College Board issued a statement on Friday, Jan. 22 about the cancellations, “Our primary concern is the safety of everyone taking exams. 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.”
Over “350,000 students were registered” for the Saturday SAT exam, a larger number registered for the exam than usual in order to take advantage at the last opportunity to take the old exam. The College Board first administered the now old exam in 2005, changing the scoring to a maximum score of 2400, and added an essay. The new version goes back to a 1600 maximum score, and its content was changed to “reflect” the high school curriculum.
List of SAT Test Center Closings: SAT rescheduled exam dates and test centers affected at the College Board.