SAT, ACT, and AP Exam COVID-19 Updates
Last updated January 20, 2021
Wondering how to take the SAT or ACT during COVID-19? Or if you even have to at all? If you're part of the class of 2021, over half of all US colleges are not requiring standardized test scores (i.e. SAT/ACT scores) as part of their student admissions process due to COVID-19's impact on access to testing. This means if you're a current senior, you can think about skipping it (depending on if the colleges on your list have waived the testing requirement or not).
If you're not a part of the class of 2021, you should definitely still get ready to take the SAT or ACT, though, as this change is expected to last only for the 2021 college admissions cycle (after which the pandemic is expected to subside, and easy access to testing will resume).
New January 26, 2021 PSAT/NMSQT administration
- The January administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
For more information from CollegeBoard on the PSAT, visit PSAT/NMSQT.
Fall 2020 SAT Dates and Registration Details -
Fall 2020 SAT or SAT Subject Test dates
- August 29
- September 13 (SAT School Day administration)
- September 26
- October 3
- October 14 (SAT School Day administration)
- November 7
- December 5
- Most states and large district SAT School Day partners plan to offer the SAT to students for free in the fall
Due to public health restrictions and high demand there will be limited capacity at testing centers in certain regions. To follow social distancing guidelines many centers may have fewer seats or unexpected closures. College Board is working with high schools, colleges, and other sites to increase August and September testing capacity.
Registration for all SAT tests is open to all students. If students are unable to find a seat at a nearby center, try a different exam date or check back later to see if a new center was opened in the area. If a student previously registered for the SAT and didn't cancel the registration they can transfer to any of the upcoming SAT dates for free. There will be no change fee through July 31st.
- May 2, 2020 and June 6, 2020 SAT exams are cancelled.
- There will be an SAT exam date every month from August to December 2020
- Student's June registration that was cancelled (or current juniors who haven't been able to test yet) will have access to register sooner - College Board may be reaching out directly for reregistration
- In May, students registered for June can transfer their registration to one of the fall SAT administrations for free. Students who want to cancel their SAT registration instead can get a refund by contacting Customer Service.
For more information from College Board on the SAT, visit CollegeBoard Coronavirus Updates
For the June 13th ACT -
The June 13th ACT will be cancelled at specific testing centers. Here is an FAQ for students. Any student who was registered for the June 13th exam will have received an email with information specific to their testing center. Test Date Change fees will be waived but any student who registered with a fee waiver will have received a separate email with specific instructions they need to follow.
As of April 16th, the April 4th ACT has been rescheduled to June 13th, with full flexibility to reschedule to later dates. Additionally, for the September, October, and December ACT test dates, the ACT is piloting online/at-home testing options.
As CDC and local guidelines for safety allow, ACT will offer its June and July national test dates as scheduled and will additionally provide makeup test dates for June and July. The makeup test date for the June 13 national test date will be June 20, and the makeup test date for the July 18 test date will be July 25. ACT will work with individual national test centers should they need to reschedule to the makeup test date and students will be notified in advance. Students may also make free test date changes from the June to the July national test date.
For more information from ACT, visit act.org
As of March 20th -
Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details can be found here.
For more information, log into your AP College Board portal
For the May IB Exams -
As of March 23rd -
The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
For more information from IB, visit ibo.org