The Ivy Coach Daily

March 17, 2020

SAT and ACT Cancelations

Upcoming SAT and ACT administrations have been canceled.

The April ACT administration has been pushed to June, as announced by ACT. The March SAT administration was canceled. The May SAT administration has been canceled. The June SAT administration has not yet been canceled. And AP exams to be administered in May may very well be take-home exams, as announced by College Board. With the spread of the novel coronavirus effectively canceling work, culture, and just about everything in between, these are your major headlines with respect to major tests coming up for high school students.

AP Tests Could Be Administered at Home

As Teresa Watanabe reports for The Los Angeles Times in a piece entitled “How will students take AP tests with schools closed? At home, College Board proposes,” “’The AP Program is finalizing streamlined AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May,’ the College Board said in a statement. ’We’re working to give every AP student the opportunity to claim the college credit they’ve earned.’”

This is, of course, terrific news and we salute College Board for making headway toward making these tests take-home exams (of course, it’s in College Board’s financial interest, too!). While spring ACTs and SATs could be made up over the summer or even the fall months, the AP exams — administered in May — were in significant jeopardy with school closures across the nation and around the world.

These Cancelations Will Have the Biggest Impact on High School Juniors

All of these cancelations, of course, are not ideal — particularly for high school juniors who have been prepping for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests and will now have limited opportunities to take these exams before the Early Decision / Early Action deadlines. But we do anticipate these students will still have opportunities to to take these exams before they apply to colleges — likely over the summer months. So what should students be doing during these weeks at home? Prepping, prepping, prepping. If you’re interested in Ivy Coach’s tutoring — which has always been via Skype anyway — fill out our free consultation form and indicate SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Test/AP tutoring.

Longterm Ramifications of Testing Cancelations

A number of folks have been asking us in recent days: how will the novel coronavirus impact college admissions? We don’t believe it will have a longterm impact on highly selective college admissions — with one exception. As our loyal readers know all too well, we at Ivy Coach have a famously accurate crystal ball. Our crystal ball hereby forecasts that there will be a major spike in schools that choose to go test-optional this year. Some of these schools will roll this test-optional policy out on a trial basis for the year — since this year’s batch of juniors will not have had as many opportunities to take the SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests as other classes. And the schools that roll out test-optional policies on a trial basis will stay test-optional in the years to come.

In sum, we anticipate a spike this year in highly selective colleges going test-optional. We then anticipate that spike will level off the subsequent year. It will be reactionary — in response to test cancelations by ACT and College Board this year — but then the test-optional movement will return to a slightly ticked up pace.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know your thoughts by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you. Stay safe!

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