Covid-19 Affects AP, SAT/ACT, College Decision Day
I wish you and all of your family, friends, and acquaintances all the best. Stay well, and a swift recovery to those who are sick.
For students and families worried about college acceptances, missed tests, unfinished school work and projects, and more....please know that this is a very fluid situation and a lot of people are working very hard to make things work as well as possible.
We are all in this together and the more we work together, the better the results will be. The colleges your students want to apply to understand that this is a very confusing and trying time and that no one really knows what to do. Some colleges are dropping the requirement for SAT or ACT testings for current juniors who will be applying in the fall. The College Board is changing the AP tests to take-at-home exams. Schools are postponing decision day from May 1 to June or beyond.
What to do:
The College Board which administers the AP tests has decided to create two test dates for each AP test. Students can take the abbreviated AP test at home on the scheduled dates.
1. The new test will consist of 45 questions. Specifically: "a 45-minute online free-response exam at home."
2. The test will only cover material that would have normally be covered by mid-March in the school year.
3. AP is providing free test preparation resources for all students and all AP test subjects.
4. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.
5. Students who decide to cancel the AP test can "choose to cancel without charge."
7. Continue to check the College Board site for AP test information.
For seniors going to college next year:
1. If you have already received an acceptance offer, check the college website for updates. 2. If you are waiting to hear, be patient. College admissions staffs are hard at work creating the freshman class.
3. Some colleges have already moved the Decision and Deposit Day from May first to a later date. (Most are June 1 at present). Check your college portal for accepted students for details. 4. Even if you can't visit a college before you make your decision, you can take a virtual tour of the campus. Check out the college website. Also check out https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/, https://campustours.com/, https://www.youniversitytv.com/category/college/, https://www.campusreel.org/.
For juniors and others:
1. May 2 SAT has been cancelled. They have not decided about the June test date. https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters. The College Board is thinking about scheduling new test dates during the summer.
2. April ACT has been cancelled. ACT suggests students register for the June 13 or July 18, 2020 test dates.
3. Some colleges are considering dropping the SAT/ACT test requirement for the College Freshman class of 2021.
In the meantime, do your best to keep up with your school work. Make sure you talk to your friends. Get outside for a walk (keep that social distance from everyone you meet). Get plenty of sleep. Be kind to your families, they are as stressed as you are.
If you have question, don't hesitate to email me, and I'll do my best to answer them. GetSmartforCollege@gmail.com