Test Prep for the SAT/ACT During COVID-19 Uncertainty

As COVID-19 spread throughout the country, high school students saw their opportunities of taking the SAT and ACT being erased with no makeup days in sight. Still, one thing is certain that students and their parents should count on: testing will resume, and now is the perfect time to continue test prep efforts with online tutoring.

Here’s a quick overview of the SAT and ACT testing landscape during COVID-19 and what students can do to prepare to succeed:

Upcoming SAT/ACT Testing Dates
According to the Princeton Review, the next available SAT testing date is Saturday, August 29th. Test dates for May and June have already been canceled. Students must register no later than July 30th for the August testing date.

However, the next ACT test will be administered this summer on Saturday, June 13th. The last day for late registration will be May 22nd.

Additional upcoming dates in 2020 for the SAT include:

  • September 26
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5

Additional ACT testing dates in 2020 include:

  • July 18
  • September 14
  • October 26
  • December 14

What Does COVID-19 Mean for SAT/ACT Testing?
Many testing dates have already been canceled in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But when testing does resume, it’s likely that additional measures will be put into place to maintain the health and safety of proctors and students.

The testing administration boards will determine whether the tests will move forward as planned in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. They are also calling on communities to open up additional testing centers to further expand their capacity while maintaining social distancing.

However, these delays in testing put students at risk of learning loss. The less students are engaged in learning and preparing, the more likely they are to backslide in their progress. The NWEA estimates that students will return to school next year with about 70% of the capacity they left with.

How to Prepare & Succeed for the SAT/ACT
Regardless of when you take the SAT or ACT, the best way to move forward with confidence is to prioritize test prep. Continuing to take practice tests and study for the SAT and ACT are the best ways to stay prepared.

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