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Before Prison Stint Starts, Some Good News for Huffman

Star's daughter Sophia won't be barred from taking new SAT after admissions bribery scandal
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2019 1:16 PM CDT
Felicity Huffman leaves federal court after she was sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on Sept. 13, 2019, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – William H. Macy may be worried about wife Felicity Huffman, but at least there's one problem that's just been taken off the family's plate. TMZ reports that it looks like their daughter Sophia will be able to take a new SAT, which she'll need to get into college after it was found her original SAT was tainted by her mother's actions; Huffman paid $15,000 to ensure a proctor gave Sophia extra time on the test and fixed some wrong answers. The College Board typically doesn't allow for retakes if a student is found to have "deliberately gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test, or otherwise threatened the integrity of the test."

Why Sophia's off the hook: It doesn't appear she knew about what Huffman did, and that even if she did, she'd only be barred from a retake for six months, a period that has already passed. Meanwhile, a man who spent 18 months behind bars for securities fraud, and who now works as a consultant prepping white-collar criminals for their own stays, tells People that the best thing the 56-year-old can do for herself is get ready mentally for her stint so that it's a relatively smooth two weeks. "The reality is there are troubles and pitfalls every moment of every day at camp," Justin Paperny says. His advice to Huffman? Get up early and go about her routine to stay away from "drama," put in a good daily workout at the gym so it's easier to all asleep at night, and "be stoic," because "the goal is to get out of there without any problems." (Read more Felicity Huffman stories.)

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