Nearly 400 Amador Valley High School students will have to retake the Advanced Placement exams next week due to testing irregularities, according to the Pleasanton school district.
The district was alerted by the College Board and Educational Testing Services regarding the "seating irregularities," and worked closely with the ETS to investigate the claim.
After investigating two testing rooms, ETS found that students were not sitting the required 5-feet apart from one another and students were not seated facing the same direction -- creating a testing irregularity.
Amador Valley's other testing rooms met the seating requirements, and 75% of the school's AP exam scores will remain valid.
Students were told about the testing situation Thursday and an automated call from principal Dr. Thomas Drescher was sent to parents of affected students. The school also sent letters out to reiterate the information.
Students will have the opportunity to retake their exams next week so scores can be submitted in time without impacting college acceptance.
In an effort to help students before they retake the exams, Steps Tutoring and SAT Prep at 2340 Santa Rita Rd. is offering free review sessions on Sunday at 11 a.m. for Computer Science, noon for Calculus BC, 1 p.m. for U.S. History, 2 p.m. for Chemistry and 3 p.m. for Statistics
A free review session is also being offered at 4:30 p.m. Monday for Biology.
Those interested in these review sessions must register online in advance at
www.stepsprep.com More information can be obtained by calling (925) 600-9300.