SALT LAKE CITY — There are right answers, wrong answers and for some 200 Utah students, there are lost answers.
Approximately 200 students who took the SAT on the campus of the University of Utah 11 days ago may have to retake the test. Five days after taking it, an email was sent notifying the students that their tests were lost and the shipment never made it to the processing center.
"He was quite upset. He really didn't understand how it could happen,” said Anne Hamill, whose son is a junior at Highland High School. Her son plans to apply to competitive colleges and took the SAT, including the handwritten essay, on May 7.
Right after the test, Hamill’s son told his mother how good he felt about his exam, and particularly the essay.
“He said, ‘I really nailed that one, Mom,’” she said.
A few days later, students and parents got the email from Educational Testing Services, the testing company, telling them the answer sheets were lost and unlikely to be found.
If the shipment is found before the makeup test on May 21, the students will be notified.
"He was really disheartened and upset when he found out that that test score was lost," Hamill said.
In an email response, ETS said it is working to find the tests. The company thinks it's unlikely the tests were stolen. Security is thorough. Individually identified tests arrive in tamper-proof boxes, remain in locked storage and are shipped securely.
"All of us were really surprised to find out that could actually ever happen,” Hamill said.
Her son is having his wisdom teeth removed the day before the makeup test, she said, so they're not exactly sure when he'll take the exam again.