2022 Testing Landscape Updates

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Spring 2021 Testing Landscape Updates

As of 6/13/22

ACT

The latest: 

      • The ACT is following CDC precautions for mask requirements. Masks will be required at test centers in counties with a high community level of COVID-19. Learn more on the ACT website about what to bring on test day. 
      • The next ACT is on July 16, 2022. Regular registration is open until June 17, and late registration is open until June 24.Find more information and register here. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year tests has not yet opened; check back here for updates.
      • Students may still be experiencing test cancellations. A list of cancelled test centers can be found 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 June ACT will be available beginning June 21. 
      • The ACT has now launched a superscore report that will take the highest score from each section over multiple tests and calculate a “superscore” or new average.
      • Some schools and districts are now offering an online ACT option for school day testing. We have learned that the ACT is considering an online testing option, but we have not yet heard a timeline for that option.

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. 
      • Test sites can fill quickly, so we suggest that students sign up well in advance for the tests dates they plan to take. 
      • 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! 
      • If you find out in advance that your test center has been 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.  
      • While the superscore report is now available, we are monitoring updates from colleges on whether or not they will accept the new superscore report.
      • Students currently preparing for the ACT should continue to prepare for a paper-and-pencil test. If and when an online format is announced, we will share more about what this means for students.
      • 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 August 27. The registration deadline is July 29, and the late registration window is open until August 16.
      • Registration for the August–December 2022 tests is now open. Test centers can fill up quickly, so please register soon if you plan to take a fall/winter SAT.
      • You can find score release dates for the SAT here. The June SAT scores take longer than other dates and will begin to be available on July 13.
      • 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. 
      • The optional essay will no longer be 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: 

        • We still suggest doing homework and practice tests wearing the mask you plan to wear on test day. Plan to practice with a mask, as your test center may or may not require one.
        • Students may continue to hear of cancelled tests. If you hear from your test center that it will be cancelled, log in to try to change your test location or sign up for upcoming test dates if you have not already. 
        • 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. 
        • 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! 

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