SAT and ACT Changes due to COVID-19

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Brielle Allison

COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of many planned events. Among those have been the in-person administrations of the SAT and ACT standardized tests. 

Following the outbreak, the College Board responded by cancelling several in-person SAT dates. Makeup exams for the Mar. 14 administration (scheduled for Mar. 28) were cancelled, as well as the May 2 and Jun. 6 SAT administrations.

The ACT has moved their Apr. 4 test date to Jun. 13 and all students affected by the change received an email from ACT with instructions for free rescheduling.

Both the SAT and ACT are a significant part of high school. Students often spend large amounts of time and money to prepare for these tests that will, in turn, determine students’ college eligibility as well as open the door for scholarships among other opportunities. 

“This time has been hard for everyone, and there’s definitely been added stress to the college process. I’d originally planned on taking the June SAT…it was cancelled, which brought more stress,” said Academy of the Holy Names junior, Anne Snyder. 

Snyder had originally planned to sit for the Jun. 6 SAT before it was cancelled. Like many juniors, she is nervous about the minimal amount of chances to take her tests.

Gaither junior Rylee Blocher shared a similar sentiment.

“I was really thankful to be able to retake my SATs until I found out they were unfortunately cancelled. Now I’m under a bit of stress because of it,” said Blocher.

The College Board was quick to prepare for the future of SAT testing, promising that by August, weekend SAT administrations will be every month through the end of the calendar year. This includes a new test date on Sept. 26, as well previously scheduled test dates of Aug. 29, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. 

In the event that schools do not reopen in the fall, the College Board has stated their plan for a digital SAT, similar to how the virtual AP exams have being administered. The test will be “simple, secure and fair, accessible to all, and valid for use in college admissions.”

“I’m definitely open to taking an alternative SAT as it plays a major role in my college admissions process,” said Snyder. 

The graduating class of 2021 aren’t the only students anxious about the future of standardized testing, many rising juniors share the same concerns of limited opportunities.

Plant sophomore Jessica Thaxton shared concerns about test-prep tutoring availability in the months to come. 

“I feel stripped of the opportunities other students have had in the past to prepare fully for the SAT. Like, at school with tutors,” said Thaxton 

Gaither sophomore Jessica Peres expressed her concerns about how these changes may affect her scholarship opportunities. 

“I had a whole plan for this summer about getting a job and doing volunteer hours, and preparing for the SAT. Because of the lockdown, I feel like now there’s a shorter amount of time for me to do the things I need to do to get the Bright Futures scholarship. Now I have a shorter amount of time to accomplish things,” said Peres. 

Gaither sophomore Damian Rodriguez echoed a similar sentiment.

“Everything feels so uncertain right now, like there’s no way to tell where we’re going to be in a few months. Once everything opens up, you have to take action. It’s like we’re on standby but we don’t know what to do because of the uncertainty of everything,” said Rodriguez

Information regarding changes and updates to the tests can be found on either the College Board’s website or the ACT’s website respectively.