Jacqueline Callier wanted to ace the Scholastic Assessment Test today, but miserable weather has put the exam on ice for her and hundreds of other students in the Baltimore area.
It is the second SAT postponement for Jacqueline in three weeks. The college entrance test also was snowed out Jan. 22.
The Educational Testing Service, the Princeton, N.J. company that administers the exam, was itself closed by the weather yesterday. Individual schools decide whether to offer the test. Students scheduled to take the SAT today were advised to listen to the radio to see if their test center would be open or if makeup dates had been set.
For weeks, Jacqueline, a Centennial High School junior, has prepared an hour a day -- two hours a day on weekends -- for the test that many colleges require for admission.
"The last time when they called it off, I got kind of lazy for a week," said Jacqueline, 16, a "B" student who plans to apply to Temple, Pennsylvania State and Georgetown universities.
A noxious mix of snow, ice and freezing rain forced officials at Glenelg High School, where Jacqueline was to take the test, to postpone the exam. Other schools, including Douglass, Randallstown, Sparrows Point and Westminster high schools, also announced postponements yesterday.
The postponements were not expected to disrupt college admissions for many high school seniors, most of whom took the SAT last fall, said David Poole, director of recruitment at the University of Miami. (He reported "clear blue skies, light breeze, 83 degrees -- unseasonably warm for us, if that's any consolation." Memo to Mr. Poole: It isn't.)
Robert Guzman, guidance department chairman at Douglass High School in West Baltimore, said 853 students were scheduled to take the SAT there, including 170 middle-schoolers seeking admission to a Johns Hopkins University program for academically talented youth.
But Mr. Guzman said test books hadn't arrived from the Educational Testing Service. He guessed the second postponement might please some hard-core procrastinators.
"They wait until the last moment to take the test in the city," he said. "They're deathly afraid of it."
Jennifer Martin, 17, a Sparrows Point senior, signed up in December to take the SAT today for the fourth time. Since then she has been accepted at Towson State University, but she planned to take the exam anyway in hopes of qualifying for a scholarship.