Fall 2022 High School Testing Landscape Updates

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Fall 2021 Testing Landscape Updates

As of 9/22/22

ACT

The latest: 

  • The ACT does not currently require masks unless required by local laws. However, the ACT recommends masks. Learn more on the ACT website about what to bring on test day.
  • Registration is now open for all test dates through July 2023. Sign into my.act.org to register.
  • The next ACT is on October 22. Late registration is available through September 30. The next test date is December 10, with registration open through November 4. Find more information and register here.
  • Test scores generally begin to be posted 10 days after a test date.  You can find more information about score release here. Scores for the September ACT started to post September 20, and scores will continue to come out on a rolling basis through November 4.
  • Some schools and districts are now offering an online ACT option for school day testing.

What this means for students: 

  • Find your comfort level with wearing a mask to test (or not). If you plan to wear a mask for test day, or if it’s required in your area, 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.
  • Test sites can fill quickly, so we suggest that students sign up well in advance for the tests dates they plan to take.
  • Students who will take an online version of the ACT at school can contact their director for more information about online testing and to practice with digital ACT practice tests.

SAT

The latest: 

  • Masks are now optional for SAT administrations, but requirements are based on the local laws and policies. Find more about health and safety requirements from the College Board here.
  • The next SAT is on October 1. Registration is now closed. The following SAT is on November 5, with regular registration available until October 7. The November SAT is not offered internationally.
  • Registration for the August–December 2022 tests is now open. Test centers can fill quickly, so please register soon if you plan to take a fall/winter SAT. Registration for 2023 dates is expected to open in the fall.
  • You can find score release dates for the SAT here. Scores for the August SAT were released beginning September 9. Scores for the October 1 SAT will be available on October 14.
  • The optional essay isl no longer offered. You can find more information about that update in our blog post here.
  • On January 25, 2022, the College Board announced a digital SAT that will be released beginning in 2023 (international) and 2024 (U.S.). For more information, check out this blog post.

What this means for students: 

  • Find your comfort level with wearing a mask to test (or not). If you plan to wear a mask for test day, or if it’s required in your area, 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.
  • We will share more information about the upcoming digital SAT as we learn more from the College Board.
  • While students currently prepping for the SAT will take the same test form, international students in the Class of 2024 and U.S. students in the Class of 2025 will need to prepare for a digital exam version. Look out for more information about preparing for the digital form in the coming months!

 


AP Exams

The latest:

  • The College Board recently announced that 7 AP exams will be offered as in-school digital exams beginning in May 2023. The exams are AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Seminar, AP US History, and AP World History.
  • The exams will be full-length. Schools will be able to choose to offer paper tests, digital tests, or both.
  • Some accommodations, including extended time, will be available in the testing app.
  • Students will use a digital testing app on a Chromebook, a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop, or an iPad.

What this means for students:

  • At this point in the year, students should focus on their AP courses and not the format of the exam. Students taking these courses will likely hear more about the exam format and what their school will offer later in the school year.
  • We expect to learn much more about the new exam format in the coming months. Check back for updates!

 


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