COVID-19 Impacts On SAT, ACT, Admissions, and School Closures
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced changes to testing dates for both the SAT and ACT. As updates have become available, the FieldLevel team has gathered information regarding how each exam is affected.
BACKGROUND ON SAT + ACT
Historically, most colleges and universities require that prospective students provide standardized test scores when applying for admission. The most commonly accepted standardized tests are the SAT and ACT.
The SAT is a 3 hour-long standardized exam that tests on Reading, Writing, and Math. The ACT is a 2 hour and 55 minute-long standardized exam that tests on Reading, English, Math, and Science.
When it comes to college recruiting, standardized test scores and GPA are important factors that college coaches review when recruiting student-athletes. Most colleges have minimum requirements for standardized test scores and GPA that can be found on their respective websites. The NCAA also has eligibility requirements for student-athletes playing at all Division levels, which can be found here.
COVID-19 IMPACT ON SAT
The SAT and Subject Tests scheduled for 5/2/2020 and 6/6/2020 have been canceled. Refunds will be given to students who were registered for the May test date, as well as to students whose test centers were closed or did not receive their scores for the March test date.
The next SAT test date is currently scheduled for August 29th. With the ever-evolving public health crisis, this date is still subject to change. The College Board will continue to release updates about whether or not it is feasible to administer the test that weekend.
The College Board also added a School Day administration of the exam. Historically, the SAT has only been administered on weekends. High schools that choose to administer this test will be able to administer it on Wednesday 9/23 and Wednesday 10/14. If you want to know more about if your school will be offering this version of the SAT, contact your school’s administration.
In the meantime, the College Board and Khan Academy have continued to provide free resources so that students can feel prepared for the SAT when the test is administered.
|Upcoming Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline|
|August 29, 2020||TBA||TBA|
|September 23, 2020 (SCHOOL DAY ADMINISTRATION)||TBA||TBA|
|September 26, 2020||TBA||TBA|
|October 3, 2020||TBA||TBA|
|October 14, 2020 (SCHOOL DAY ADMINISTRATION)||TBA||TBA|
|November 7, 2020||TBA||TBA|
|December 5, 2020||TBA||TBA|
COVID-19 IMPACT ON ACT
If you are registered for the 7/18 ACT test, you should have received an update on the status of your testing center. As the public health crisis evolves, the ACT will continue to release updates about upcoming test dates.
|Upcoming Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Period|
|July 18, 2020||June 19, 2020||June 20-26, 2020|
|September 12, 2020||August 14, 2020||August 15-28, 2020|
|October 24, 2020||September 18, 2020||September 19-October 2, 2020|
|December 12, 2020||November 6, 2020||November 7-20, 2020|
UPDATED ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR UC SCHOOLS
The University of California system announced on April 1, 2020 that they would be relaxing admissions requirements for current high school juniors graduating in 2021.
Current high school juniors will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test scores with their applications to UC schools. They will also be allowed to submit Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grades as opposed to letter grades for A-G requirements.
The UC system has made it clear that this change is only temporary. Other colleges, however, have announced that they will be exploring test-optional policies as a long-term practice.
With that said, for each school in which you’re interested in applying, it’s imperative that you research how they are handling these changes. Since every school may be different, create a plan for yourself to ensure you meet the requirements given by each school.
UPDATE ON SAT TEST ADMINISTRATION
The College Board announced on April 15, 2020 that they would be updating the upcoming SAT test schedule.
- Beginning in August, there will be an SAT test offered every month for the remainder of 2020.
- An additional SAT test will be offered on September 26, 2020.
- Starting the week of May 26, students can register for tests offered on 8/29, 9/26, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5.
- SAT tests may be offered at your high school if your they offer the new School Day administration of the test on 9/23 and 10/14.
With that said, be sure to reschedule your SAT test accordingly and keep an eye out for updates regarding upcoming test dates. In the meantime, take advantage of the free study resources offered by the College Board and Khan Academy so that you feel prepared when it’s time to take the test.
UPDATE ON ACT TEST ADMINISTRATION
The ACT provided some updates on April 28, 2020 that were recently reversed. To increase capacity for testing in 2020, the ACT will not be available to take online at an approved testing center until 2021. The ACT will also not allow section retesting at this time.
- The ACT will offer tests on 7/18, 9/12, 10/24, and 12/12.
- Beginning with the test on September 12, 2020, students will have the option to superscore their ACT.
- Superscoring: Students will be allowed to receive an ACT superscore — an average score that uses the four best section scores from each test attempt. Each college will make a decision about whether or not they will accept a superscore.
With that being said, be sure to familiarize yourself with the new dates and options you have when taking the ACT. It is also important that, in the coming months, you check with colleges you are applying to and see how they are adjusting to these new ACT guidelines.
Many K-12 schools across the country have closed for the remainder 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some schools have also announced plans for the 2021-2021 year. Each school district will be handling future closures in their own way based on recommendations made by their state government. Use this resource to see how your school and schools in your area have been affected.
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