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College Board Announces Changes to SAT and AP Exams Due to Coronavirus

College Board Announces Changes to SAT and AP Exams Due to Coronavirus

College Board is offering at-home AP exams in the spring and more SAT testing days in the fall.


Due to school closures and public health guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak, today the College Board announced changes to the SAT exam schedule, in addition to the changes it had already announced with the Advanced Placement exams for 2019-2020. The SAT exams that were scheduled for June 6 have been canceled, but the College Board says it will ensure students have opportunities to take the exam later in the year.

“We know students and educators are worried about how the coronavirus may disrupt the college admissions process, and we want to do all we can to help alleviate that anxiety during this very demanding time,” said College Board CEO David Coleman, in a press release. “Our first principle with the SAT and all our work must be to keep families and students safe. The second principle is to make the SAT as widely available as possible for students who wish to test, regardless of the economic or public health circumstances.”

Though many colleges and universities have announced they will waive the standardized testing requirements for 2021 applicants due to many high schools being closed and utilizing remote learning. Among these colleges and universities are Williams, Amherst, the University of California system, Tufts, Northeastern, Boston University, Vassar, Tulane, and more.

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Changes to the SAT Exams for 2020

Coleman shared three ways the College Board is working to ensure the SAT is available for all students in the fall:

  • As long as it’s safe, from a public health perspective, the SAT exams will be administered each month through the end of the calendar year beginning in August. The currently scheduled dates are Aug. 29, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5, plus a date in September that hasn’t been announced yet.
      
  • The College Board will offer the opportunities to take the SAT during the school day this fall to replace the spring administration days that were canceled. “This is an important opportunity for the many students who take the SAT for free as part of state- and large district-sponsored programs. Specific information about state and district testing will be shared with our partners in the coming weeks so they may create their testing plans for students,” according to the press release.
      
  • In the event that schools remain closed in the fall, the College Board aims to provide a digital version of the SAT for at-home testing. Just like the organization is delivering digital Advanced Placement exams to students this spring, the College Board says it will ensure the at-home SAT test is simple, secure and fair, accessible to all, and valid for college admissions.

In addition, students who were registered for the June exam and hose in the class of 2021 who do not already have SAT scores will have early access to register for the August, September, and October test dates.



“Our commitment to students is to give them as many opportunities as we can to show their strengths to admissions officers, while relying on the guidance of public health officials,” Coleman added. “Throughout, we’ll continue to place a special focus on students benefitting from fee waivers and those requiring accommodations.”

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Changes to the Advanced Placement Exams for 2019-2020

The College Board says it surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to take AP exams this year. “Their answer: a resounding yes,” according to the College Board website.

Changes for AP exams include:

  • They will be open book/ open note, like many college-level exams.
  • Tests will be 45 minutes for most subjects, with an additional 5 minutes for uploading.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to.
  • Students will be able to type and upload responses or handwrite responses and upload a photo.
  • Exams will be administered May 11-22.
  • Each subject’s exam will be administered on the same day, at the same time, worldwide.

For more information about changes to SAT and AP exams for the 2019-2020 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, visit collegeboard.org.

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