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College Board: SAT testing at LI, NYC schools postponed

SAT testing originally scheduled for Saturday at schools on Long Island and across the city and state was postponed because of the snowstorm, test sponsors announced Friday.

Saturday’s exam was scheduled to be the final run for the current version of the test before the new SAT rolls out in March.

Representatives of Manhattan-based College Board, which sponsors the exam, said students will be able to take the current version of the test at a later date. Some districts serving as test centers, such as Connetquot, were offered a makeup date of Feb. 20 and have said that may be problematic because it falls during the winter break.

A notice posted Friday on Connetquot’s website states: “The College Board has been made aware that this falls during our winter recess, as it does for many New York State schools. We are hoping that the College Board will provide New York State schools with an alternate date for this rescheduled testing. We will provide you with any information as soon as it becomes available.”

A College Board representative said, “We always try to work with schools and what is best for them and the students.”

More than 351,000 test-takers had registered nationwide for the January 2016 administration. The test centers at schools request the cancellation of the test, and those schools inform College Board.

According to College Board’s website, the exam was postponed at the following testing centers: Bayport-Blue Point High School, Calhoun High School and Mepham High School in Merrick, Center Moriches High School, Centereach High School in the Middle Country district, Island Trees High School in Levittown, John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, Oceanside High School, and The Ross School in East Hampton.

At Calhoun, Kennedy, Mepham, Island Trees, Oceanside and The Ross School, a makeup date will be determined. A Feb. 20 makeup date was scheduled for Bayport-Blue Point, Centereach and Center Moriches; that Saturday falls on the final weekend of those districts’ winter break.

The redesigned SAT focuses on the few things that matter most for college and career readiness, and it better reflects what students are learning in class, according to College Board.

Changes include a focus on the areas of math that matter most; a move away from obscure vocabulary words to the use of relevant words in context; and an optional essay.

The medical school exam, known as the MCAT, also was postponed, according to the website of the American Association of Medical Colleges. The exam’s administration at two sites on Long Island, in Westbury and Melville, was postponed and a tentative Feb. 3 makeup date was set.

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