Updated as of 4/15/20
What the College Board announced:
- The June 6th SAT and SAT Subject Tests are cancelled.
- The next SAT date is August 29. An additional SAT date will be announced for September, so students will be able to take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests in August, September, October, and November 2020.
- Registration for the August SAT and beyond will open in May. The College Board is planning to add test centers and seats at currently scheduled test centers.
- Students already registered for the June SAT or who are in the Class of 2021 and have not yet taken an SAT will have early access to test registration.
- The College Board is exploring options for a digital SAT for students to take at home in the event that schools have not reopened in the fall.
- States and districts that had planned a school day SAT in the spring have expressed interest in offering a school day SAT in the fall.
What you need to know:
If your child has already taken an SAT but was planning to retake it…
- Students still have plenty of upcoming opportunities to take the test, beginning in August. If your child was registered for the June SAT, they will have early access to move their registration to an upcoming date. Look out for information from the College Board about registration, which will take place in May.
- The summer can be an ideal time for students to continue their preparation. While short breaks can be beneficial, consider keeping practice consistent so that your child retains what they have learned.
If your child hasn’t taken an SAT yet…
- Summer is a fantastic time for students to prepare for the August SAT. Without the added pressure of schoolwork and AP Exam prep in May, students can make sure they are in the best position possible for the August and early fall tests.
- The College Board is going to work hard to make sure that students have more opportunities to take the SAT once it is safe to do so. The additional test dates and expanded capacity that will be added for the existing dates will mean that students will have multiple opportunities to take the SAT before college applications are due.
- Watch for information from the College Board about registration for the August and fall test dates, which will happen in May. Students in the Class of 2021 who have not yet taken an SAT will have early access to register.
If your child was planning for a June SAT Subject Test…
- Students still hoping to take both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests will now have to push their timeline back. Students should prioritize the SAT over Subject Tests; colleges know that students will have fewer opportunities to take and retake these exams, and since the SAT is required by far more universities than the Subject Tests, we recommend that students focus on getting the best possible SAT score before moving onto SAT Subject Tests.
- Those students who have already achieved their goal SAT or ACT score and were preparing for Subject Tests may wish to continue any supplemental tutoring through the AP exam, if the AP content aligned with the SAT Subject Test content, and then reevaluate their timeline and plan as they look to August. While your child may have planned to take the Subject Test at the tail end of the class, summer can be a great time to brush up on tricky concepts and content they learned at the beginning of the school year.
What you may be wondering:
Should my child switch to the ACT?
If you’re following the news, you may know that the ACT has not yet cancelled their June administration and has an upcoming July administration. Some may be wondering whether they should switch from preparing for the SAT to preparing for the ACT to take the test sooner. For most students, the reasoning to prepare for the test they chose was sound, and switching tests is not the best path. If your child is preparing for the SAT, the upcoming test administrations in August, September, October, and November will be more than enough opportunity to achieve a great score. For these reasons, we do not recommend switching from the SAT to the ACT.
How will my child prepare if the ACT and/or SAT go online?
Both the ACT and SAT have announced that they are exploring the option of at-home online testing if schools are not able to reopen in the fall. While this may seem like a huge change, the ACT is already scheduled to offer online testing (previously only at authorized testing sites) beginning in September. In anticipation, Private Prep has been preparing an online testing platform that will launch in Spring 2020. We will be ready to support students preparing for online tests if an at-home testing option comes to fruition.
What does this mean for college admissions?
Many of those who work in admissions and enrollment management had stated they were waiting to see what would happen with the June standardized testing administrations before deciding on test-optional policies. Now that the College Board has cancelled June, we do anticipate that more schools will become test-optional for fall 2020 applications. Please check our blog post on test-optional schools for the latest updates.
Further, we anticipate that those colleges and universities that do not choose to go test-optional will likely be more flexible with the test dates they accept and, in some cases, the way they view scores. Our admissions team is keeping a close eye on developments in the admissions and testing landscape and will continue to share updates as they come.
What to do next:
Take a deep breath. While your child may need to change their plans, know that colleges understand and plan to be flexible. Now is the time to adjust your child’s timeline and consider how they can best use the months ahead to prepare for the next test administration. If you have questions, reach out to your director or contact us.