2020 Testing Landscape Updates

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

2020 TESTING LANDSCAPE UPDATES

Updated as of 12/18/20

ACT

The latest: 

    • Students testing this winter will be required to wear masks for the entire time they are at the test center. 
    • The next ACT test date is on February 6, 2021. The registration deadline for the February 6 test is January 8.
    • A list of cancelled test centers can be found here. The ACT is now offering “pop-up sites” in locations where schools will be closed. You can find more information on this website.
    • Multiple choice scores are generally available beginning two weeks after the test date, although the ACT has not published exact score release dates. You can find more information about score release here.
    • The ACT will not offer an online version of the test at national test centers until 2021 (ACT Postpones Online Testing). At this time, we have not heard any more details about when online testing will roll out.

What this means for students: 

    • Students testing should plan to practice wearing a mask to simulate the experience. We strongly recommend doing homework and practice tests wearing the mask you plan to wear on test day. 
    • There have been issues with students not being informed of a cancelled test center. We recommend calling your test center directly the Friday before your test to confirm that it is going forward. If you find out that it is cancelled, you can try to call the ACT—they may not be able to help, but it’s worth a try! 
    • ACT has rolled out a Testing Amid COVID-19 website with testing information and FAQs. 
    • If you find out in advance that your test center cancelled, try logging into your account to see if you can change your location (there may not, however, be available options). You might also be able to call the ACT about a location change. Make sure you are signed up for upcoming tests if possible. 
    • The ACT has pushed back the rollout of online testing and section retesting until at least December 2020, so unfortunately seniors (Class of 2021) will not have the opportunity to take advantage of these options. It seems that the Class of 2022 will benefit from flexible options for testing, including section retesting and at-home online testing. We are waiting to learn more about the release of online testing and single-section retesting.

SAT

The latest: 

    • Students will be required to wear masks for the duration of the test.
    • The next SAT test date is March 13, 2021.
    • The registration for the March 13 SAT is February 12.
    • You can find score release dates for the SAT here.
    • Check for test cancellations for upcoming SATs on the SAT website here. You can also call SAT support at 866-756-7346.
    • Monitor your inbox for emails from the College Board about SAT cancellations. The website is not always completely up-to-date. If you haven’t heard anything from your test center, consider calling to check whether your test is cancelled or still happening.

What this means for students: 

    • Students testing should plan to practice wearing a mask to simulate the experience. We strongly recommend doing homework and practice tests wearing the mask you plan to wear on test day. 
    • Students may continue to hear of canceled tests. If you hear from your test center that it will be canceled, log in to try to change your test location or sign up for upcoming test dates if you have not already. 
    • 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 their SAT is on.

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.

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 less likely to 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 began offering online practice tests this fall. Contact your director for more information.
    • We have heard of some technical glitches with at-home online testing. If choosing this option, know that there is a chance of delays and plan for patience!

SSAT

The latest: 

    • There have been technical issues causing some SSAT At Home administration to be canceled or rescheduled. You can check ssat.org/alerts for up-to-date information. 
    • 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 is now open for paper-based and online SSATs.

What this means for students: 

    • Students 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 less likely to be canceled. 
    • 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 began offering online practice tests this fall. Contact your director for more information.
    • We have heard of some technical glitches with at-home online testing. If choosing this option, know that there is a chance of delays and plan for patience!

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