The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected population across the globe, and we all have a unique role to play in preventing this epidemic from spreading. So, thinking about students' health and well-being, the authorities have reduced or re-scheduled the number of tests. Some of the test centers refused to conduct examinations prior to the 14th March SAT examination. However, the college-board rescheduled them for other dates in March (March 28th), but these makeup exams were also canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases at several places.
The impact of COVID-19 has been dramatically increased. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already warned that massive events and mass gatherings may lead to more spread of COVID-19 in the United States, and their official recommendation is to cancel or postpone activities that consists of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.
How has the COVID-19 affected various examinations?
The College Board has already announced that the SAT examinations of May 2nd and June 6th have been canceled nationwide. As of the latest news, the next scheduled SAT is on August 29th, 2020. So, this means that the May 2nd and June 6th SAT exam and SAT Subject Tests have been canceled altogether. Registration for fall SAT administrations will open in May. The College Board will contact students directly to provide an exact date when it’s available.
In the case of the ACT exam, the test which was scheduled for April 4th, 2020, has been rescheduled to June 13th, 2020, across the nation. Students who had registered for the April 4th test will receive or have already received an email informing them of this postponement, along with instructions to register for the rescheduled test in June. Meanwhile, as the Coronavirus pandemic is becoming a serious concern, both the ACT and SAT sites are offering online tools to help students in their preparation for the exams with virtual prep and coursework.
Moreover, the College Board has also announced that it won't be able to conduct the April PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 administrations. So, unfortunately, there won't be opportunities for writing PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9 tests this spring. In the case of exams like GRE, ETS is allowing test-takers in some countries to take the official GRE from home. More details are available regarding this on the official GRE website.
In a recent survey regarding the AP exams, the College Board found that 91 percent of the students still wanted to take their AP exams through whatever means possible. So they have announced that: These tests will be conducted online and with an overall duration of 45 minutes. However, the committees are still selecting the test questions. As these AP classes are taught differently across the country, and some students may have been out of school longer than others, so these online exams will only include material covered in the classes by early March.
COVID-19 has impacted all of us, and it will require a mutual effort to come out of this pandemic together. We hope that you, your family and friends are safe and healthy. If you would like to discuss your test preparation needs or need expert tutoring for any subject, feel free to contact Miles Smart Tutoring. We offer one-on-one private tutoring as well as online tutoring classes for the SAT, ACT, and other such examinations.