The Price of a Cancelled Test

Last year, students at Antioch Community High School paid $90 for a Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) prep class. Unfortunately, they did not get to take the SAT in the spring due to the coronavirus, and the class has yet to be refunded to students despite them not taking the test.

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Kathleen Quirke

Antioch Community High School students paid a fee ranging from 90 to 1,400 dollars for an SAT prep class they barely participated in, many students are outranged that there has not been a refund for their wasted money.

The SAT was administered to high school students for the first time in 1926 and is something that high school students all across the country prepare for every spring of their junior year. Over 95 percent of colleges require the SAT for admission.

SAT prep classes are offered to all students to help them prepare for their test in the spring. Unfortunately, this class is not free and can range anywhere from $90-$1400. Due to the coronavirus, students did not take the test and have yet to receive a refund.

“I am not currently scheduled to take the SAT this year, but I do plan on taking it this year,” senior Emma Allen said. “I appreciate the safety measures that the College Board is taking, but I feel like I wasted my money. I was only able to take three of the prep classes before it was canceled.”

There is also a lot of uncertainty amongst when students will be able to take the SAT. The College Board issued a notice to students who planned on taking the SAT on their website.

According to the College Board website, “Test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT. We are asking test centers to report closures to [College Board] as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day.”

Some students believe that it is unfair for the College Board not to have a definite answer on when, or if, they will be able to take the SAT after spending both time and money trying to improve their potential scores.

“I think it is unfair for students who planned on taking the SAT. Now, we do not know when or where we are going to take it,” senior Ngoc Tran said. “Yet after all of this College Board is still trying to milk money out of high school students during a pandemic.”

College Board had not provided any new information regarding the SAT other than what they had put on their website back in March when the pandemic first started to affect students academically.