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Officials locate missing ACT exams at Iowa grocery store

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Nearly 200 missing ACT college entrance exams have been found at an Iowa grocery store.

ACT spokesperson, Katie Wacker says they were notified Wednesday morning that Johnston High School's principal picked up the test packets at a Dahl's store in Johnston, just days after notifying students they wouldn't receive their results.

Monday night, ACT officials sent out an email to the 195 students who tested at the high school back in December, notifying them their answer sheets never arrived at headquarters in Iowa City and therefore could not be scored.

Wacker says an ACT-hired test supervisor dropped off the packets for mailing using the wrong mailing method.

She says the ACT-hired supervisor was told to use FedEx to ship the test packets, but instead sent them through U.S. mail, from the Dahl's grocery store in Johnston.

Wacker would not say if the supervisor will face any discipline for the error, saying it's a "personnel matter"

Wacker says the tests will be sent overnight, and all 195 students will receive a refund for their December testing.

She says there is no way to ensure an error like this won't happen again, since they handle thousands of packets.

However she says this situation is rare and they are learning from this mishap.

Wacker says the ACT organization is looking toward moving to a more digital option for students, but that is something in the distant future.

She says the exams are valid and scoring will be expedited.

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