Hundreds of Memphis students' SAT scores thrown out

(WMC-TV) – Hundreds of Memphis area high school students took the SAT at Ridgeway High School earlier this month and more than half of those test scores have been thrown out.

Educational Testing Services spokesperson Tom Ewing said more than 150 students will have to retake their SATs after administrative irregularities at Ridgeway High School on June 2.

Ewing said ETS investigated two types of complaints.

"They were seated in a large cafeteria and they were seated four students to a table and that is too close for our guidelines," said Ewing.

The test was also administered over an hour late after Ewing says several proctors called in sick or were unable to attend.

"And the students felt that they were impacted by that late start," Ewing explained.

A Memphis City Schools representative said the situation is unfortunate for students, however, they are only responsible for providing the testing facility, not administering the exam.

The test center personnel at Ridgeway High School was contracted by ETS.

Students who received letters advising that their test scores were invalid expressed outrage on Twitter.

One student wrote, "Well after taking a 6 hour SAT at ridgeway, I get a letter that says my test can't be scored and I have to retake it. #isthisajoke."

Ewing apologized for the inconvenience but said a fair test taking experience is their top priority.

Those students who will have to retake the exam will do so at no charge.

ETS said these situations are extremely rare but necessary to ensure trust in the standardized test systems.

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