COVID-19 Impacts on SAT and ACT Testing

The SAT and ACT are two key examinations for college-bound high school students. Typically these tests are taken in the spring of a student’s junior year of high school. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, spring test dates have been canceled and rescheduled. Here’s what you need to know: 

ACT 

ACT has rescheduled its April national and international tests in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for April test dates received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June or a future test date. 

The next ACT national test dates are June 13 and July 18.  

For the latest ACT updates: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19.html

SAT 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, College Board canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration, as well as the June 6, 2020 testing. According to College Board, “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 in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.” 

Students can register for these administrations starting in May, and 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 

For the latest SAT updates: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

College Admissions – Do I still need to take the ACT/SAT? 

With many delays and uncertainties in the higher education world due to COVID-19, some colleges have announced they are waiving their testing requirements for fall 2021 admissions. FairTest maintains a list of colleges that are “test optional” or “text flexible.” It also has compiled a list of colleges that have waived the testing requirement for 2020 admissions only: http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/ACT-SATWaiversfor2020Admissions.pdf

However, you should always refer to official information provided by the admissions office of any college you hope to attend in regards to testing requirements.

 

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