If you were able to take the March 14 SAT test, count yourself lucky. The possibility of taking an in-person test in the next 6 weeks seems out of the question given the progression of safety measures enacted across the country. And if the situation does not improve, the future of the in-person college admissions testing regime is definitely in question.
This delay will build up demand for testing slots until testing can be administered safely and all students can access the tests successfully and fairly. We expect a big wave of students later in the year as current Juniors push to get second and third tests in before their applications are due in the late Fall/early winter.
So what do we know today about the future test availability and how should you plan your testing in the face of this uncertainty?
Here’s what we know about the canceled SAT tests and those scheduled in the future:
Here’s what we know about the canceled ACT tests and those scheduled in the future:
What Tests Should You Take?
Our general advice is to register for the earliest test dates for which you can prepare. While the chance of the June tests being canceled is still high, most students cannot afford to risk waiting to see and not being able to get a seat when we have absolute clarity. It is likely we will not know whether the exams will proceed until very near the test dates.
What if multiple test dates have to be canceled? We anticipate the test companies will quickly implement online testing platforms and other solutions to fill the gap. Subsequently many colleges may move to be “test optional” for the class of 2021/2022 if it becomes necessary.
If you register for a test date and it is canceled, re-register for the next available date immediately if possible. Like all scarce resources today, these test slots may become highly coveted as the current situation progresses.
How Can You Prepare?
The forced extra time has a huge upside if you remain disciplined and keep up your practice regularly. Schedule 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week to work on core skills in the coming weeks. Split your time between staying fresh on question types you know well and those that cause you the most trouble. If you are not doing distance learning for school during this time, you might consider adding more time to your test practice since these skills are relevant to many classes.