SAT Retake: 55 students may have to retake the SAT after flying off a truck


For many high school students, taking the SATs is a stressful and anxiety-inducing rite of passage. But more than 50 students at an El Paso high school will have to retake the tests after the UPS truck carrying the tests flew off and was lost or destroyed.

The El Paso Independent School District told CNN it is currently working with the College Board, which administers the SATs, to “determine a remedy” for students who failed the tests.

The SAT is a standardized entrance test used as a metric for applying to colleges in the United States. 1.7 million students in the high school class of 2022 took the SAT at least once, according to the College Board.

The El Paso Independent School District said the loss affected students who took the test on campus on Oct. 27. The staff was able to retrieve all but 55 of the tests.

Students who missed the tests will be able to take the ACT, another popular standardized test, on Dec. 10 at no cost, according to the school district.

UPS said it apologized to the school and students in a statement shared with CNN.

“Our staff is working to recover as many tests as possible, and we will work with the school to resolve the situation,” the company said in a statement. “The driver’s actions in this case are not representative of UPS protocols and methods, and we are speaking with him about it.”

“Safely delivering on our service commitments is UPS’s number one priority.”

One student told CNN affiliate KFOX that the loss prevented her from applying to Texas A&M University as early as she wanted.

“UPS, try your best to do well with us,” Ezra Ponzio, a senior at El Paso High School, told KFOX. “I was mostly looking at A&M, so the initial deadline is already shot. Hopefully, the SAT score can come in time for the actual deadline in January, but here’s hoping.”