College Entrance Exams in a Pandemic (Updated May 2020)

Uncategorized May 26, 2020

As millions have already learned, the March and May 2020 SAT test administrations have been canceled due to the evolving coronavirus crisis. With June test dates at the mercy of the pandemic, The College Board is preparing several SAT makeup opportunities and–if needed, due to prolonged school closures into the fall–possible contingency plans to offer SAT online testing options. The College Board has already announced that all Advanced Placement (AP) exams scheduled for May 2020 will be offered in a shortened format online so that students can take their exams from home. In April, ETS launched international at-home online testing solutions for the TOEFL iBT and GRE test-takers in the US and all over the world with the exception of China and Iran.


On the ACT front, the April 2020 test date has been canceled, but the June 2020 test date is still confirmed. However, if pandemic-related closures continue, the June ACT is also susceptible to cancelation. Pre-pandemic, the ACT announced the introduction of online ACT testing options and scoring policies effective from September 2020


Clearly, the trend is leaning towards online at-home testing as the pandemic continues. It is likely that some form of online testing will be here to stay once even after this pandemic is behind us.


What do all these changes–including a growing pandemic-fueled revolution in online testing–mean for college admissions? The good news is that colleges are adjusting deadlines and testing requirements for students submitting applications in the 2020-2021 academic year. Please stay tuned!


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