An SAT test, otherwise known as a “Scholastic Aptitude Test,” is a common entrance exam used by most US colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
So you can imagine the panic that this year’s SAT examinees faced when they found out that their upcoming tests in May and June are cancelled.
In a recent statement, the nonprofit organisation behind SAT exams The College Board acknowledged the disruption of global COVID-19 lockdowns and said:
“To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020.
“Students who already registered for May, whose March test centres were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities, will receive refunds.”
But if you’re one of those panic-stricken examinees who was ready to take the SAT test this year, keep and calm and stay focused.
Because The College Board has a plan:
Weekend SAT tests
All your hard work and preparation are not lost — The College Board has alternative dates lined up for you to showcase your SAT skills.
So if they get the green light from a safety standpoint, then The College Board will provide international weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August 2020.
The non-profit also notes that this includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
Yet, this is all dependent on your country’s lockdown procedures so you must first check with your nearest SAT test centre to see if it’s safe to continue the test in-person.
With student and educator safety as our priority, we’re adapting to the challenges presented by Covid-19. While we’re unable to administer June, we will:
◼️ Have an SAT each month, starting with August
◼️ Significantly expand capacity for fall SATs
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— The College Board (@CollegeBoard) April 15, 2020
Take your SAT test from home
If schools and colleges do not reopen anytime soon, The College Board will fix students’ SAT dilemmas with a digital version of the test.
“As we’re doing with at-home Advanced Placement exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple, secure and fair, accessible to all, and valid for use in college admissions,” the non-profit said in a recent statement.
Ultimately, The College Board is committed to ensuring both national and international students can take their tests so that they can secure a place in their desired US university or college.
So whatever happens, keep studying and prepare for either a digital or physical SAT test.
Keep your SAT skills sharp
Your May or June test may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean your SAT revision is.
Hence why The College Board and education company Khan Academy are giving you free SAT practice online to keep your knowledge fresh and your skills aligned with the SAT standard.
This free practice is personalised so that you can follow a study plan based on a diagnostic of your SAT scores and it is real, which means you’ll have access to authentic content that’s co-created by The College Board.
So if you’re stuck overseas and need to stay motivated during the COVID-19 uncertainty, The College Board has got you covered.
— The College Board (@CollegeBoard) April 17, 2020