# Error showing up when using multicolumn and colors

I have a document that is creating the exact output I'm looking for, yet when I compile it I'm getting two errors. After tooling around for a little bit, I was able to pinpoint their location to the \multicolumn commands in my code:

\begin{tabular}{|P{9cm}P{9cm}|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{\large \rowcolor{black} \color{white} {\bf Testing Modifications (highlight or circle)}} \\
\hline
Time Limit Waved         & On-Task Focusing Prompts \\
Exam/Sep Location        & Waive Spelling Reqs \\
Questions Read Aloud     & Revise Test Format \\
Answers Any Way          & Revise Test Directions \\
Calc/Abacus Permitted    & Breaks \\
\hline
\end{tabular} \\[.4cm]

{\bf \underline{PRESENT LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE}} \\[.4cm]

\begin{tabular}{|p{4.25cm}|p{4.25cm}|p{4.25cm}|p{4.25cm}|}
\hline
\multicolumn{4}{|c|}{\large \rowcolor{black} \color{white} {\bf Evaluation Results}} \\
\hline
& & & \\[1.2cm]
\hline
\end{tabular} \\[.4cm]


The exact error I'm getting is:

! Misplaced \noalign.
\rowcolor ->\noalign


Since the output doesn't seem to be affected, it hasn't been bothering me all that much, but I definitely am curious as to why this error is here.

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You can only use \rowcolor at the start of a row, use \cellcolor or or \multicolumn{4}{|>{\columncolor{black}}c|} or (if you have the latest colortbl) put \rowcolor first before the \multicolumn
Unrelated but \bf has been deprecated in LaTeX since LaTeX2e was released, it is much better to use \bfseries
Perfect! Thanks so much for your help! And I switched all the \bf portions of my code to \bfseries, and will use the latter from here on out! Thanks for taking the time to provide some guidance! – aklingensmith Sep 15 '12 at 6:27