Covid-19 Testing Updates

Starting with the cancellation of the March 13th SAT administration, things have been changing rapidly in the standardized testing environment.  This page is updated frequently with the latest information on each of the main standardized tests.

 

 

 

 

Standardized Test Updates

The latest news on each of the tests

SAT

The College Board has cancelled SAT administrations for March, May, and June 2020.

  • Next test dates:
    • August 29th
    • September 26th
    • October 3rd
    • November 7th
    • December 5th
    • Some schools will also have in-school test days in the fall (TBD)
  • Registration for those dates will open for students cancelled out of previous tests the week of May 26th, later for all other students.
  • Find out what students planning on taking the SAT should do:  SAT Test-Takers Next Steps
  • See the College Board’s latest updates here.

ACT

The ACT Org has cancelled the April 2020 administration.  They have confirmed plans to go forward with the summer administrations.

  • Next test dates:
    • June 13th (make-up date of June 20th)
    • July 18th (make-up date of July 25th)
    • September 12th
    • October 24th
    • December 12th
  • Registration is now open for the June and July test dates – the ACT has said these tests will go forward “as CDC and local guidelines allow”
  • Some time towards the end of the year, students will be able to take an at-home version of the ACT
  • Find out what students planning on taking the ACT should do:  ACT Test-Takers Next Steps
  • See the ACT Org’s latest update here.

College Admissions

This is a chaotic time for students, parents, and higher education institutions alike.

  • Some schools are relaxing requirements for standardized tests – see here, here, or here
  • Some schools are keeping requirements exactly the same – for instance, here
  • In this environment, strong test scores can be more valuable than ever – see more about this here
  • Financial aid at some schools may be tougher to come by next year (see here), but other schools may need to lower the cost to keep enrollment numbers up (see here)
  • Colleges are going to have to update how they assess students as grades become less accurate predictors – see here.
  • Some colleges are making the shift to online in the fall, while most are wait-and-see.  Find an updated list of announced school plans here.

AP Exams

AP exams will be conducted on May 11-22.  Students will take an at-home, 45 minute, open-book exam consisting of 1-2 questions.  There are a number of options in terms of devices for taking the test and submitting answers.

  • Students will still be scored on a 1-5 scale
  • The College Board claims “the vast majority of institutions” will award credit as they have in the past
  • In addition to comparing text to online sources, textbooks, and other students’ responses, each student’s AP teachers will also be sent responses to help spot cheating.
  • See the College Board’s latest updates here.

ISEE / SSAT / HSPT

For the ISEE:

  • In-person tests at testing centers are currently suspended
  • The ERB (makers of the ISEE) will be offering an in-home option, starting this spring
  • There will be requirements around devices a student can take the test on, and the environment.  The software locks down the computer and the student is watched on a web cam for the duration of the test.
  • There will likely be in-person administrations on paper available again in the fall.

 

For the SSAT:

  • All in-person tests are cancelled until at least the end of May
  • The EMA has announced an in-home version of the test will be available starting in May
  • The next scheduled national test days are:
    • June 13th
    • September 12th
    • October 17th
    • November 14th
    • December 12th

 

For the HSPT:

  • STS has not indicated any options for in-home testing to date
  • As the test is administered by schools (typically in the fall), they are likely banking on schools being back in session this fall
  • Any questions about test dates should be directed to the individual school(s) a student is applying to