The College Board will offer a special "make-up exam in the very near future" or refund fees after a scheduled administration of the SAT was canceled at Palo Alto High School Saturday, May 5.
The cancellation occurred after a school-wide alarm forced evacuation of classrooms around 8:30 a.m., shortly after students had begun their tests.
"It is unfortunate the fire alarm went off and more so that testing could not proceed, but we are doing everything possible to rectify matters as quickly as possible," said Thomas Ewing, a spokesman for the Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT for the College Board.
Ewing said Monday that affected students will be contacted by ETS and the College Board "within the next day or so" and presented with options.
Those will include a make-up exam in the near future, a fee refund, or a transfer of their May 5 fees to a national administration of the SAT of their choosing.
"I would be pleased to give you the date (of make-up testing) once students have been advised," Ewing said in an email Monday afternoon.
Shortly after testing began Saturday, the alarm sounded and students were evacuated to the athletic field along El Camino Real while Palo Alto firefighters conducted a safety inspection.
The alarm, which could be heard from Town & Country Village, went silent at 8:55 a.m., but students remained on the field as exam proctors conferred with officials at the College Board.
At 9:30 a.m., students and test proctors returned to classrooms, still awaiting instructions from the College Board on how to proceed with the testing.
Students later were told the test was being canceled.
Paly Principal Phil Winston said the decision to cancel was made by the College Board and was out of the hands of school officials.
"We are simply a testing center and nothing more," Winston said in an email Saturday afternoon.
Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said Monday the fire department is planning no further investigation of the incident.