College Board Tests Could Be Digital If Schools Don’t Reopen
The SAT and ACT test serve as a major path to college entrance, and you may find your student sitting in their bedroom rather than taking the test in a classroom thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With little insight as to how long the coronavirus pandemic will last in our country, a return date to school for students is still unclear. With that in mind, the College Board announced this past week that if schools do not reopen by fall, students will be able to take the SAT from home.
“The College Board would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions,” the organization said in a statement.
The College Board also recently announced that Advanced Placement (AP) exams would also be taken digitally by students this spring while schools are closed. At least 3 million students will be taking their AP exams online, the College Board said.
If things return to normal by fall and schools are in session, the organization said that they will offer in-school make up exams for those tests canceled this spring. There is also talk of offering tests every weekend throughout the rest of the year to play catch up.
Amid the pandemic, some colleges and universities such as University of Washington, Northeastern University and the California college system are even making the SAT and ACT test optional for students through 2021. Education is taking a whole new turn in these uncertain times for sure.