Prospective TJ Students May Get Do-Over After Testing Issues

Thomas Jefferson HS/Credit: FCPSMany of the nearly 1,500 eighth-graders who took the admission exam for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on Saturday experienced technical difficulties and may get a do-over.

Thomas Jefferson — “TJ” — is the highly selective magnet school for Northern Virginia, drawing students from Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and other nearby counties.

Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman John Torre said 1,496 were registered to take Saturday’s test, a semifinal round that included an essay portion. Tests were administered at 15 sites, 12 of them in Fairfax County.

The problems occurred when students tried to save their essay or the student information sheet on the computer.

“We are trying to determine the extent of the issues,” said Torre. “We will know how many students and will communicate with them by Friday with options to continue the process.”

Torre says it is not known how many students were affected by the computer issues.

Any student who was affected can also contact the TJ admissions office at 571-423-3770 or [email protected].

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