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Standardized Testing and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing all aspects of the college admissions process, most notably, the conduct and acceptance of standardized testing. Please see the following updates on the status of standardized tests for the 2020 academic year.

As of April 23, the following testing administrations have been canceled:

  • March SAT/ SAT Subject Tests

  • April ACT

  • May SAT/ SAT Subject Tests

  • June SAT

  • IB Exams

On April 15, The College Board announced a new plan for SAT testing during the 2020-2021 school year:

  • If possible from a public health standpoint, College Board will offer the SAT every month of the school year, beginning on August 29.

  • Students registered for the June SAT and Class of 2021 students without any SAT scores will have priority registration for the August, September, and October administrations. Registration will begin in May.

  • Some students will have the opportunity to take the SAT at school in the Fall of 2020.

  • If College Board cannot hold in-person SAT administrations beginning in August, students will have the option to take a digital version of the test at home.

The 2020 AP Exams:

  • Exams will take place from 5/11-5/22. All students worldwide will take a given exam at the same time.

  • Every exam will have a makeup option between 6/1-6/5.

  • Most exams will have 1-2 timed free-response questions.

  • Students will be able to use books and notes, but will not be able to communicate with others.

  • Students will be able to type answers or write them by hand and take a photo of the paper for electronic submission.

  • Protocols to prevent cheating will be in place.

Please be aware that institutions may differ in their policies regarding the consideration of online AP, SAT, or ACT exams. The following schools have already announced their policies:

  • The University of California system announced that it will continue to award UC credit consistent with previous years for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4, or 5.

  • Cornell University indicated that online testing cannot yet be validated as an indicator of college success during the upcoming cycle.

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