2020 Testing Landscape Updates

The latest news from ACT, SAT, ISEE, and SSAT

2020 TESTING LANDSCAPE UPDATES

Updated as of 7/30/20

ACT

The latest: 

  • Registration for fall ACTs first opened Monday, July 27. Due to technical difficulties, the registration portal was taken down. It will reopen on Monday, August 3 at 11 a.m. ET. 
  • The ACT has added additional fall test dates. Students can now take the ACT on September 12, 13, and 19 and October 10, 17, 24, and 25. Students will be able to register for one test each month. 
  • Seniors (Class of 2021) will have an “accelerated fall registration experience” and should check their email for more details and next steps from the ACT. 
  • The ACT announced that scores from the July test date will begin posting on August 5.
  • The ACT will not offer an online version of the test at national test centers until 2021 (ACT Postpones Online Testing). They still plan to launch an at-home online test in “late fall/early winter.”

What this means for students: 

  • The initial registration period caused stress for students due to website technical difficulties. Students should check back on Monday, August 3 for fall registration. Spots will likely fill fast, so students should plan to register quickly when the portal opens. 
  • The ACT has pushed back the rollout of online testing and section retesting until 2021, so unfortunately seniors (Class of 2021) will not have the opportunity to take advantage of these options. The at-home online test will also likely arrive too late for seniors’ application deadlines. 
  • It seems that the Class of 2022 will benefit from flexible options for testing, including section retesting and at-home online testing.

SAT

The latest: 

  • Registration for fall SAT tests is open. Students can test on August 29, September 26, October 3, and November 7. 
  • Subject Tests are available on all of the fall test dates except September 26. 
  • The registration deadline for the August 29 SAT is July 31. 
  • Schools are beginning to cancel the August SAT, but students registered may not have heard from the College Board of the cancellation.

What this means for students: 

  • Because SAT registration has now been open for weeks, test centers may be full. Plan to check back often to see if any additional test centers have been added.
  • Students who plan to take both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests should prioritize the SAT (both cannot be taken on the same day).  
  • Students should monitor their email for information from their school or district about SAT cancellations. They may also consider calling their test center to ask if the August SAT is on. Students can change their test center location on the College Board website if necessary.

ISEE

The latest: 

  • The ISEE is being offered at test centers on paper and online at Prometric Testing Centers. (Here are details on testing at Prometric.)
  • Students are now able to sign up for at-home online testing through ProProctor according to the ISEE website.
  • Registration for fall ISEE tests opens on August 3. 

What this means for students: 

  • Students will have multiple options to take the ISEE in various formats in the fall. It is possible that online tests at Prometric centers will be more likely to not cancel as they have plans in place for social distancing. 
  • Students can test once per testing season. Fall is August–November and Winter is December–March. We recommend that students sign up for a test in November and December.
  • Students should prepare for online testing if choosing that option. Private Prep’s tutors are trained in the online platform, and we will begin offering online practice tests in the coming months. 

SSAT

The latest: 

  • The SSAT will now be offered at Prometric Testing Centers as an online test. (Here are details on testing at Prometric.)
  • The SSAT At Home online test option will be offered every Saturday and one Sunday per month, beginning August 2020 (from SSAT FAQs).
  • Registration for fall SSAT tests typically opens on August 1. 

What this means for students: 

  • Plan to log in to register on August 1 as test centers can fill quickly. If registration hasn’t yet opened, it’s a good idea to log in daily until you’re able to register.
  • Students will now have options to take the SSAT on paper or online at a testing center or at home. Prometric centers have reopened with social distancing measures, so those tests are likely to not be cancelled. 
  • Students are able to move their test administration from an in-person test to an online test if needed. Find more information here
  • Students should prepare for online testing if choosing that option. Private Prep’s tutors are trained in the online platform, and we will begin offering online practice tests in the coming months. 

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