- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Some Minnesota parents say they’re annoyed their teenagers have yet to receive the results of a test widely required for college applications.

High school juniors across the state have waited more than a month for their scores of an ACT test that they took in late April, the first time the state rolled out the exams for free as part of a new graduation requirement, The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1dQqlvT ) reported.

The wait has left some students wondering if they should sign up and pay $55 to take the test later this month in case they’re unhappy with their scores.

“I don’t understand what the hold up is with ACT to get the tests back,” said Kathleen Nettleton, parent of a junior at Wayzata High School. “Keep in mind that a lot of students are applying for college this summer.”

School counselors add that with the school year wrapping up, there’s no time to meet with juniors and help them understand their scores.

“That’s what everyone is talking about,” said Jennifer Landy, a Wayzata High School counselor. “When are we going to get the scores, and how are we going to advise kids?”

The Minnesota Department of Education and ACT representatives said school counselors were told from the beginning that results would take up to eight weeks.

“The process is going as expected,” said ACT spokesman Ed Colby.

Counselor Phil Trout at Minnetonka High School said he has fielded questions from parents concerned that scores weren’t back yet.

“Yes, there are parents filled with angst about this one, but you know, it will be fine,” he said. “To be fair, there’s plenty of time for a student to be able to do a standardized test in the fall of their senior year.”

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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