Administrative Error Forces Brooklyn Students to Retake SAT Exam

May 17, 2012 Updated: May 17, 2012

NEW YORK—The scores of nearly 200 students who took their SAT exams at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights earlier this month have been invalidated.

The students were informed in an email on Tuesday that their tests were not scored, and given a four-day notice for a mandatory retake.

A surprise inspection of the test site found that the students were sitting too close to one another.

“Everybody’s just really angry. The worst part about this there’s nothing you can do. There’s no one you can even make a complaint to or call and people at the college board who you can go to,” said Yoni Rechtman, a Packer student.

Bruce Dennis, the head of school at Packer, said that they accept full responsibility for the error and apologize to the affected students. Students from around 50 schools took their SATs at Packer on May 5.

Dennis also expressed frustration toward the college board for not alerting the school sooner.

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