SAT Test projected for the Fall

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April 15, 2020 at 9:44 p.m. EDT

The spring wave of SAT cancellations continued Wednesday as the College Board announced it will scrap the college admissions test scheduled for June 6 nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now comes what the testing organization calls an “unlikely” scenario: the prospect that the high-stakes SAT could be administered online, and at home, this fall.

The public health crisis that shuttered schools from coast to coast in March has taken an extraordinary toll on the education system, including testing for 11th-grade students who are thinking about college.

Significant disruptions have also hit the rival ACT test. The next ACT national session is scheduled for June 13, but whether it will proceed remains unclear.

Coleman said the College Board will expand normal testing in the fall, if the public health emergency eases and schools reopen. That includes a new Saturday session in September as well as more school-day testing in states and districts that have contracts with the College Board.

“In the unlikely event that schools do not reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use,” the organization said. Home testing is already in the works for Advanced Placement students in May and June — 45-minute versions of those exams in specialized subjects such as history, English and calculus. The at-home AP tests will be open-book, using a written-response format and no multiple-choice questions.

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