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2020 ACT & SAT EXAMS

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ACT & SAT: 2020

A lot of changes are occurring with the ACT & SAT tests. We have outlined our most frequently asked questions and updates. We hope this will better help you and your student with your preparations moving forward.




 

My junior was scheduled to take the SAT in June, but it was canceled. When is the next test?

The next SAT is set for August 29 . The SAT is now adding a test for September 26, 2020.

There will be a test every month starting in August until December 2020. Test dates for 2020 include August 29th, September 26th, October 3rd, November 7th, and December 5th.

My student’s test date got canceled. Do you know if I can get the registration fee refunded?

Yes.


When should my junior plan to take the ACT?

The June 13 ACT is still set to occur, as are the tests for July 18 and September 12.

If a test does get canceled, ACT and local school districts will inform your registered student of the test cancellation or location change.

Any registration fee for the ACT and SAT can be refunded or transferred over to the next test if a cancelation occurs. If your student plans on taking the next test offered, you can simply move the fee over to the next test. If your student does not plan on taking the test again, simply contact ACT or College Board for a refund.


Given that the next SAT test is in August, should my student stop prepping nowand resume in July?

While we understand that an extended timeline for students can be stressful when it comes to test prep, we recommend your student does not stop prep completely. We recommend that your student continue to work with his/her tutor on a modified schedule. If your student is unable to meet with the tutor, we suggest at-home practice on the more difficult topics, along with periodic check in’s and review with a tutor.

We are happy provide at-home practice guidelines and extra practice material.


Will the ACT and/or SAT tests be moved online like AP tests?

As of now, no official change has been announced. ACT and The College Board have been preparing features for online testing. If implemented, we expect the structure of the test to stay the same, while the proctoring for the test will change to accommodate online formats.


Is there a chance that my junior may not be able to take the ACT or SAT again before deadlines for college admissions?

That seems extremely unlikely. The ACT & SAT are both set to administer tests in the fall. Juniors will be able to take the September tests or even take late fall tests before early application deadlines. Colleges are being flexible with their dates for admissions.

The ACT and SAT are also confirming at-home options as a possibility in a worst-case scenario. Both tests are also allowing for more capacity for these tests and providing more dates so there is room for all students. Safety measures will be taken to provide social distancing at test sites.


Some colleges on my student’s list are going “test optional.” What does this mean?

This means that some colleges and universities will not require the ACT or SAT to be submitted for admittance. At some schools, this means simply that all students or students with a certain GPA don’t have to submit their scores. Some colleges will still look at test scores if you choose to submit them, won’t hold it against you if you choose not to submit them. It’s always best for a student to have their best test scores available in order to apply to certain programs or colleges at universities. Test scores may also be required for certain scholarships or to pursue degrees down the road.


Should I anticipate that the next ACT/SAT will get canceled?

It’s best to keep your student prepping for the test until an official announcement has been made. The last thing we want is for your student to stop preparing and then realize they will end up taking their test without enough preparation. Adjustments to a schedule can always be made the day an announcement is made.

 

Should my rising junior still prep over the summer for a fall/spring test for 2020-2021?

Rising juniors should continue their preparations without any change. Summer is a great time for rising juniors to make test prep a focus. We’d be happy to walk your sophomore through an initial ACT and SAT diagnostic test to determine the best route for summer

 

Where is the best source of information on future cancellations or changes to the ACT or SAT?

We suggest you continue to check this page for all the latest updates to standardized testing. In addition, you may find helpful information at these other sites:

ACT: http://www.act.org/
College Board:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

 

I have a question about my student’s testing that you haven’t answered here. What should I do?

Our Director of Instruction, Rachel Liveris, would be happy to answer any questions you have about standardized testing. Just give us a call at 847-416-4500 or email Rachel directly at rachel@the.house.