Updated as of 8/13/20
ACT registration has opened, and some students had to take whichever open test dates were available. For some, this means testing later in October than they would have ideally planned. Keep reading to find out what this could mean for college applications:
- Keep checking back. Test centers and dates may be added, so you may be able to get a spot in September or October when you originally did not.
- Pace yourself. Set preparation expectations based on where you are in the process. If you are a senior, you are close to the end! If you can finish strong with a few more practice tests, push through to reach your goal. If the beginning of the school year ends up being stressful, it’s okay to take a week off. If you aren’t sure, talk to your director about the best plan for you.
- Don’t panic. If you were counting on having a test under your belt, keep in mind that many colleges were already in the practice of accepting the October ACT and even the November SAT. Other schools may shift deadlines or be more flexible than usual—for example, probably the most famous stickler for everything being in by the deadline, the University of Michigan, has already moved their EA deadline back to November 15th. Check directly with your colleges of interest that have Early Action or Early Decision deadlines to see which test dates they anticipate accepting.
- Look into whether your colleges accept self-reported scores. Self-reporting is a growing trend in the admissions world, and it means you don’t have to wait for the official report to be sent by the ACT or the College Board (which can take 7-10 extra days). This may give you greater flexibility in your test dates, and can also mean you don’t have to send a score directly to a college before you get to see it. If any of your colleges allow for self-reporting, just make sure you find out how they want the scores submitted (via email, via your application portal, etc.).
The bottom line—it’s going to work out fine! Stay focused on the things you can control, like your preparation and mindset heading into the test. We know this time has been very stressful, especially with the technical and communication issues. Contact us if you have any questions.