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The Class of 2021 is dealing with an unprecedented disruption in the standardized testing process. Testing dates have been cancelled and future dates are set but not certain. The process of taking the test may go to online in the fall and content changes could be imminent. This was the College Board’s response for the May AP tests happening now.
My recommendation is for most students to still plan for a standardized test and stay on top of what’s going on by visiting College Board and ACT websites on a weekly basis. Also, watch your email to review communication from them based on your current test registration.
Keep in mind- To reduce the stress students may be facing related to the lack of clarity surrounding timing, availability, format and content of the standardized test process, many colleges have already changed their admissions policy to include Test Optional. This will allow students to not be pressured to send test results as part of the admissions process.
Take a look at the current updates from the College Board and ACT below:
- College Board Testing Updates (From College Board Website)
June SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration
To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020.
Future SAT Administrations, Including September 26
If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration on September 26 and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly during the week of May 26 to provide an exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.
For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.
Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
- Already registered for June
- In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores
March and May SAT Administrations
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, College Board canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) were also canceled.
Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.
SAT School Day Administrations
In alignment with coronavirus guidance from public health organizations, school closures across the country, and discussions with local education leaders, College Board can’t reschedule the March 25 SAT School Day administration or provide administrations on April 14 and 28.
Almost all of our state partners and many of our district partners have expressed interest in administering the SAT during the school day in the fall. Some states, like Michigan, have already announced fall testing.
This is an important opportunity, as states and large districts who participate can provide the SAT for free to all their students. Specific information about state and district testing will be shared in the coming weeks. If students were scheduled to take the SAT as part of state-required testing, they can check with their school or district for updates.
PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9
College Board can’t provide the April PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 administrations. Unfortunately, there won’t be opportunities for PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9 testing this spring.
Future Testing Opportunities
We know students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect their college application process, including taking the SAT.
We’re committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to colleges, while relying on the guidance of public health officials. Throughout, we’ll continue to focus on students with fee waivers and those with accommodations.
In the unlikely event that schools do not reopen this fall, College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, like how we’re delivering digital exams to 3 million AP students this spring. As we’re doing with at-home Advanced Placement exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple, secure and fair, accessible to all, and valid for use in college admissions.
Like the paper test, a digital, remote version of the SAT would measure what students are learning in school and what they need to know to be successful in college.
Resources and Support
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, College Board and Khan Academy® will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.
Together with our member schools and colleges, we will be flexible, thoughtful, and collaborative in exploring ways to continue to support student learning and provide opportunities to test during this challenging time.
Our focus will remain on student safety and ensuring students have the tools they need and opportunities to succeed on their path to college.
Please check this page regularly for updates.
If you have questions or concerns about your scheduled testing with College Board programs, please contact us as soon as possible. Given the high volume of inquiries, wait times may be longer than normal.
Phone (domestic): 866-756-7346
Phone (international): +1-212-713-7789
- ACT Testing Updates (From the ACT website)
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.