The SAT/ACT Spring Dates Are Canceled…What Should Your Teen Do in the Meantime?

By Huntington Learning Center

The world is in flux right now, and the volatility is affecting both the College Board and ACT, which administer the SAT and ACT respectively. Here’s what you need to know about these organizations’ responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation: 

  • The College Board has canceled the May 2nd, 2020 administration of the SAT. Students will receive refunds for the registration fee.
  • Many testing centers around the country canceled the SAT on March 14th, 2020, due to coronavirus concerns.
  • The College Board also canceled makeup exams for the March 14th, 2020 administration, which were scheduled for March 28th. The organization will provide future additional testing opportunities to make up for the canceled tests. Information is to come soon.
  • ACT rescheduled its April 4th, 2020, test date to June 13th, 2020. All students should receive an email from ACT about the rescheduled date.
  • Students will not be automatically enrolled in the June 13th ACT date. They will need to follow instructions emailed to them to reschedule or receive a refund. 

To recap, the next opportunities for your teen to take the SAT and ACT are below: 

SAT

August 29, 2020 

ACT

June 13, 2020

July 18, 2020

 

Given this change, what should your teen do now? Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Continue with test prep. Teens who were scheduled to take the March or May SAT or the April ACT certainly have reason to be disappointed if they invested time into test preparation. It’s important that these teens retain what they have learned by continuing with a program of instruction that will help them maintain knowledge and be prepared when these exam dates come up in a couple of months. 

Start preparing now. The spring administrations of the SAT and ACT are commonly selected by juniors who are sitting for these exams for the first time. Perhaps this is your teen. If so, the delay in test dates will allow them to put more time into preparation if they have not had the chance to do so yet and were taking either exam as a “trial run.” Huntington’s online test prep can help. 

  • Keep checking your inbox. The global situation is changing rapidly by the day, so it’s important for you and your teen to stay apprised of what is going on. Make sure your teen checks email and the College Board and ACT websites regularly. 

At Huntington, we recognize that the events surrounding the coronavirus outbreak are very concerning. And if you have a teen who is at the start of or in the middle of the college application process, these things lead to stress and uncertainty about where your college-bound student goes from here. 

We’re here to help you adjust. Contact us at 1-800 CAN LEARN to discuss our customized SAT and ACT prep programs for high school students and how we can support your teen now and in the months to come. Our one-to-one, proven test prep programs are available for students online or at our centers, and we offer flexible scheduling and affordable pricing to meet your family’s needs.


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