More than 1,000 SATs unexpectedly canceled at Oakland Marriott Hotel

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(KRON) — Students had their SATs unexpectedly canceled Saturday at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. According to a statement sent to KRON4 from the College Board, more than 1,400 students had their college admissions exams canceled due to a Wi-Fi issue.

“We know this was an incredibly difficult situation for students who worked hard to prepare for the test. We deeply apologize to all students affected,” College Board told KRON4.

The College Board said the cancellations were due to “a shortage of high schools and other institutions willing to serve as weekend SAT testing centers,” leading student demand to exceed administrators’ capacity of the weekend.

To accommodate students, the College Board said it has contracted with the Marriott and other “nontraditional locations,” including hotels and convention centers, adding “approximately 6,000 seats in the Bay Area.”

Despite the cancellation due to the Wi-Fi issue, College Board said all students whose SATs were canceled on Saturday will receive a full refund, “and[CollegeBoard}isworkingtoensuretheycanretakethetest”[CollegeBoard}travaillepours’assurerqu’ilspourrontrefaireletest”[CollegeBoard}areworkingtoensuretheyareabletoretest”

“We remain focused on doing everything we can to meet capacity needs, and we will review vendor processes so students do not experience issues in the future,” the College Board said.

According to College Board, approximately 1.9 million students take the SAT each year.

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