My son is a Sunday test taker for the SATs and is scheduled to take the Japanese with Listening test (which is only administered once a year) this Sunday. He's taken all his previous tests at a school less than a mile from our home in RI. However, when I went to sign him up for this one, the computer only gave two schools in western MA as options for test sites. I figured there must be something peculiar to taking *this* test, and our family resigned ourselves to making the best of the situation by getting a motel room to allow our son to be on time for the test and planning on touring a college nearby.
This morning I received a call from the teacher who administers the test at the school in MA, questioning whether an error had occurred. My son is the *only* student signed up for a Sunday test at that school. At her suggestion, I called the school near us and they confirmed they had the materials for the Japanese test and would be able to administer it to my son.
I called and spoke with someone at College Board, and was told (a) it's past the deadline for making any official test site changes and (b) their policy prohibits "walk ins" for Listening tests. The person did say, however, that test sites can pretty much do what they want with walk ins if they have the necessary materials on hand. She said College Board will treat the exam the same wherever it is sent in from, but she would not directly answer my question about the "safety" of proceeding with my son taking the test at the nearby school.
We really don't want to drive an extra 4 hrs. round trip nor spend an extra $100+ or so on food and lodging if we don't have to. On the other hand, this is the last/only opportunity for my son to take this test. I trust the person at the nearby school who said they can administer the test to my son, but I don't trust the College Board. Can anyone who's faced a similar situation with College Board reassure me?