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After months of preparing, dozens of students who showed up to take their ACT over the weekend were turned away.

The reason for the mix up? Apparently, no one was there to administer the test to the students. School administrators say it was a scheduling error.

"It's stressful because we need it. Some kids really need it because it's the last ACT," said Rylea Johnson.

That's what has Rylea so frustrated about a testing mess-up at Northwest Classen High School. She was here this weekend with her friend Victoria, prepared and ready for the test.

"So I got in line at like 7:50 and then it's like 8:05 and the door's still not opening. Then at 8:20, I texted my dad and he called the ACT people and we were told to go home," she said.

Go home and wait for more information. It wasn't until today that word came from ACT officials.

"We got an email today saying they were going to reschedule it to this Saturday, but I have a tournament in Kansas so I don't know how that's going to work,' said Victoria Vickers.

NewsChannel 4 contacted district officials Monday to find out what happened. Oklahoma City Schools Spokesman Tierney Tinnin says it all stems from an oversight.

"A complete human error where we did not have a testing monitor secure. The one who was schedule to be there was on vacation and did not secure a back-up testing monitor, which you have to have in order to take the SAT or the ACT."

For that, she says the district issued an apology to students. Rylea says the standards should be higher.

"If the kids were late... We have to be there at 8 a.m. and no matter what, if you are later than that, you fail. They don't accept you anymore. All they say is we are going to reschedule it. So I don't think it's fair that they can reschedule it and if the kids are one minute late, they fail," Rylea said.

The district says its rare to have something set in stone and no one show up to give a test. They are hoping better communication between testing monitors and site coordinators will fix the problem.

 

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