Lost SAT Tests Found at Virginia High School

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A student pauses while taking a sample SAT test during his prep class in Newton, Massachusetts on March 3, 2005. John Nordell / Getty Images

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By Winston Wilde

Nervous students in Loudoun County, Virginia, can breathe a little easier today after guidance counseling staff found nearly 300 sealed SAT exams thought lost in the mail room of Broad Run High School.

The tests, taken on May 2nd, were supposed to be taken by UPS to be graded off-site by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which compiles scores for The College Board. The 263 tests were misplaced and never made it onto the UPS vehicle.

And the high school students faced the dreadful possibility of having to retake the test.

According to Loudoun County schools spokesman Wayde Byard, a representative from ETS arrived on Monday to personally take the tests to the company’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

"We are very pleased to announce that the package containing the Broad Run High School SAT answer sheets has been located on school property, intact and secure. We are moving forward to score the exams and release the scores as soon as possible. We thank the students and families for their patience," the College Board said in a statement.

The College Board is conducting a review of the tests - as is standard procedure - to check for any irregularities. If none are found, the tests will stand.

"The preliminary indication is that it does look good," Byard said, that the students will not be asked to retake the test.

A College Board spokesman confirms, "We do want to move forward to score these exams as quickly as possible."