We are remote and here for you. Standardized tests––What’s next? Read our FAQs for answers
Today, answers to the most vexing SAT and ACT questions can’t be found on a scoring key. That’s why we are here to help you navigate the uncharted waters of standardized testing during the coronavirus crisis. (And yes, test takers, vexing is an SAT/ACT vocab word that means causing frustration or worry. Take note!)
While the situation changes daily and even hourly, we will be updating our students, families, and this FAQ page with every new development. We are committed to being there for you, providing important information and offering all of our courses, practice tests, and test prep and academic private tutoring online for the foreseeable future. Our team at Chappaqua Learning Center is ready to help you reassess your standardized testing timeline, decide which test to take when, and how to best utilize your time to sharpen your test prep and academic skills.
Here are the key questions you have been asking us:
Which standardized tests have been canceled, and what future dates can I register for?
The May 2nd and June 6th SAT dates have been canceled with no makeup dates. The College Board said it will add an additional date in September so students will have the opportunity to take a weekend SAT every month beginning in August (hopefully) through the end of the year. Registration is slated to begin in May. Students can get early access to register for the August, September, and October test dates if they are 1) already registered for June 6th. 2) are in the class of 2021 and 3) don’t currently have any SAT scores. In the unlikely event that schools do not reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT students can take at home. You can read the full announcement here.
SAT Subject Tests:
The majority of the Subject Tests that were scheduled for June 6th are also offered on August 29th. For a complete list of Subject Tests by test date through May 2021
The next two ACT dates – June 13th and July 18th – are still scheduled if “the CDC and local guidelines for safety allow” the test sites to open. The ACT also announced a “flexible schedule” which could provide students with reschedule options—without change fees — for June 13th to June 20th and for July 19th to July 25th. The potential one-week delay is only available to students who are registered for June 13th and July 18th tests. These are NOT additional test dates. We are strongly encouraging students to register NOW for the July 18th ACT. Test centers are filling up quickly (see below)! The ACT also said it would launch a digital test-at-home option in late fall/early winter as part of its national testing program.
Q: If I were signed up for the April 4th ACT, then will I automatically be registered for the June 13th test?
NO! According to the ACT, students who were registered for the April 4 test date received an email from ACT “informing them of the April 4th postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future ACT national test date.” You still need to register (see below)!
I need to register! Which test sites in our area have availability for upcoming tests?
To make this process easier for our families in Westchester counties, we have posted the area test centers with available seats for the June 13th ACT and the
July 18th ACT. Click on the links below for the list, which we will update every Tuesday at noon.
We will add the next round of SAT dates and sites when they are available.
How will I know if the June or July ACT is canceled?
We will be keeping tabs on all cancellations and updating these FAQs in real time. You should also check the email you used to register for the test.
What about AP Exams?
The newly formatted 2020 Advanced Placement exams will be given from Monday, May 11th through Friday, May 22nd. The College Board released the complete schedule and specific details on Friday, April 3rd.
Here is what you need to know:
Students can take an open book/open note online exam at home or in schools, if they reopen.
Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to – computer, tablet, or smartphone. They can type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get setup.
Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1st through June 5th.
As usual, scores will be reported on a 1-5 scale, and are expected to be released close to the typical July time frame.
The College Board said it is confident the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past.
The head of AP Instruction for the College Board will be hosting a parent webinar on Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m. to discuss this year’s exams. Here is the link to register
We at Chappaqua Learning Center are ready to help our students meet this challenge. We have moved our AP Courses online and will tailor the curriculum to meet the new criteria set by the College Board. Our AP Exam Course Schedule is now posted.