As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, residents are preparing for flooding and winds that can topple trees and knock out power lines.
But, many high schoolers have a more immediate concern: the ACT test, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 9.
Dozens of students tweeted at the ACT’s account asking for clarification about what would happen with the test as many evacuated Florida.
“I need time to prepare for Irma (and, most importantly, the ACT Maths Section!!!)!” one student wrote on the ACT subreddit earlier this week. “Also, I’d rather not waste a gallon of gas driving to my test center when the price of gas just went up to $US3.25 per gallon when it was $US2.59 yesterday!”
The organisers of the ACT test are working to reschedule the test at centres expected to be hit by Irma.
“We extend our thoughts to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma and hope that you are safe,” a statement on the ACT test website reads. “We know that you may have a lot of things to worry about right now, and we don’t want the ACT test to be one of them.”
“Rest assured that we are working on rescheduling and relocating test centres impacted by the storm,” the statement continues. “For those students who are impacted, we will work with you to address your individual situation.”
However, some people have already taken matters into their own hands. One mother of a high school senior told Business Insider that she booked last-minute flights to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and had her daughter register to take the ACT at a test center there based on early reports of Irma’s strength.
The ACT has a full list of sites that are rescheduling the test on its website, including test centres in Texas, Georgia, Florida, and Columbia. You can read the full list here.
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