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Taking the ACT and SAT in Fall 2020

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

What has changed with the ACT and SAT?

With the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, the standard ACT/SAT schedules have been thrown into disarray. The question that many are asking is just how this might affect their attempts to take the tests this fall. While the situation is still unclear, some steps have been taken to address the issues caused.

How is covid impacting the SAT?

According to the College Board, the tests will be limited in some areas due to public health concerns and high demand. The implementation of social distancing guidelines means that many areas that once held large amounts of students can no longer do so. College Board recommends that if you cannot find a nearby SAT test center with availability on your preferred test date, try checking another date or even another location. The SAT dates for the fall are August 29, September 26, October 3, November 7 and December 5.

How is covid impacting the ACT?

Meanwhile, the ACT plans on offering a remote proctoring option, allowing students to take their test at home or another location outside of a central point. They are also offering standby testing for those who missed the registration dates. The regular ACT test dates available this fall are September 12, September 13, September 19, October 10, October 17, October 24, and October 25.

Are there any late registration options?

Additionally, the ACT offers standby testing, for those who missed the late deadline to register for a test date, or want to request a test date or test center change. Standby requests must be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the test date. Requests cannot be accepted after the last date listed for each test date below.

What's the bottom line?

The various standardized test boards are clearly still trying to do their best in order to make sure that students can take the tests in order to get into their ideal schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown everything into disarray, with many lines of communication being opened in order to accommodate all situations. If there were ever a time to try to make the College Board or ACT listen and help a specific person out, now would be it.

For more help with figuring out your SAT/ACT strategy, contact us. The Wisdem team is happy to help.

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