What Do Canceled Dates Mean for Students?
The short answer: Many students will not have the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT, and most students will only have one shot at hitting their score goals.
When the pandemic prompted the College Board and ACT to cancel spring test dates, most students assumed that they would still have plenty of opportunities in the summer and fall. But when the growing number of US cases prompted more and more cancellations and necessitated reduced testing center capacity in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, it became very clear that many students would simply not have the opportunity to test or to test as often as they had originally planned.
This reality prompted many of the nation’s colleges and universities, including even the most selective schools, to temporarily adopt test-optional policies, ensuring that those students who CANNOT test will not be punished in the admissions process.
IF YOU CAN REGISTER THIS FALL…
A good test score will help your chances of admission. Registration is currently open for remaining SAT test dates, and registration for remaining 2020 ACT test dates will open in late July. Register early because seats will be extremely limited and in high demand!
RECOGNIZE THAT OPTIONS ARE LIMITED
ACT had planned to introduce online testing and section retesting, but the Covid-19 pandemic has put those plans on hold. Both changes have been postponed to 2021.
PLAN TO TAKE THE TEST JUST ONE TIME
Your options for retesting are going to be extremely limited. This makes your test prep all the more important because you might only have one shot at your goal score.
BE READY FOR POSSIBLE CANCELLATIONS
It’s certainly possible that some fall test dates might be cancelled at the last minute. If that happens, remind yourself that it’s okay. First, register for the next available test date. Next, create a plan to maintain all of your test prep work so that you’re ready to go when you take the test.
Remember: if you do everything you can to maximize your test scores, but the universe just doesn’t let it happen, it’s okay. That is the very reason why so many schools have adopted test-optional policies for this admission season. Do your best to get a great score, but recognize that it really is okay if it doesn’t work out.