Testing Updates – April 17, 2020
The news about standardized testing continues to change daily. As you likely know, the College Board announced Wednesday that the June SAT has been canceled. While the June ACT still stands, the uncertainty about available testing opportunities has heightened anxiety for students and parents around the world.
While many colleges have made the decision to go test-optional for the Class of 2021, we continue to believe that it is in the student's best interest to prepare for and take 1 or 2 SAT or ACT tests this summer or fall as planned. Even at test-optional schools, strong test results reinforce or enhance academic profiles and significantly influence merit awards. Please remember that test-optional does not equate test-blind. So if you have strong scores – send them.
Here’s the latest information as of today:
· The SAT and ACT have added additional summer and fall testing dates and will be expanding test center capacity to meet increased demand, as allowed by local health regulations.
· With the cancellation of the May and June tests, the SAT has added a national test date in September. This TBD September test date will be in addition to the August 29th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th test dates. Subject Tests will not be offered in September. Sophomores (Class of 2022) will not be allowed to take the SAT until November.
· The ACT has added June 20th and July 25th to their June 13th, July 18th, September 12th, October 24th and December 12th test date schedule. June dates are permissible by regional health regulations.
· If you were taking the SAT during the school day at your high school, you will be notified by your high school when this retake will happen this fall (only applicable to students who were registered to take it during the school day at their high school this past spring).
· Online SAT and ACT tests are being developed should at-home testing become necessary. Both testing agencies speculate that this won’t be available until winter 2020/21, therefore, rising seniors should not plan to wait for this option.
Here’s what you can do to prepare:
· Make sure your College Board and ACT accounts are up to date. You’ll receive registration information via the College Board or ACT for all of the summer and fall test dates in May. The College Board will give early access for the August, September, and October tests to students registered for the June test date or for the Class of 2021 students who have yet to take an official SAT.
· Adjust your test preparation to the summer months. Our advice continues to be that test prep is most effective 12-15 weeks before a scheduled test date.
Colleges that have become test-optional as a response to COVID-19:
Class of 2021
The California State system*
Case Western Reserve University
Concordia University (Texas)
Loyola Marymount University
Santa Clara University
Texas Christian University
The University of California System*
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
*Details still being worked out.
Class of 2021 & 2022
Class of 2021, 2022, & 2023
Test Optional – going forward:
Indiana University, Bloomington
Oregon: all Public Universities
St. Edward’s College
St. Olaf College
The College of Wooster
University of Nebraska*
University of the Redlands
Other Test Optional:
Moravian: Except for Nursing