With schools closed and limited testing available, some colleges have decided to go test optional for the 2020-2021 application year. Right now a little more than two dozen colleges that typically required test scores, plan to be test optional. So, should your child still take a college admissions test?
If possible, yes. Colleges use test scores along with GPA to award merit scholarships. If you think your child may qualify for merit awards, then try to fit in the SAT/ACT prior to submitting college applications. Additionally, there are colleges still requiring test scores. Check each college’s website to determine if you will need to submit test scores to be considered for admissions.
The College Board is offering the SAT beginning August 29 and each month following through December 2020. Students preparing for the August SAT, are encouraged to use Khan Academy, a free test prep tool. The College Board has decided to postpone offering online testing at home for students unable to access test sites.
The ACT was just offered in a few locations on June 13 and is available again on July 18. Multiple test sites have been cancelled, be sure to check your email and the ACT website for updates. Students who wish to prepare for the ACT can take advantage of FREE ACT Practice Tests.
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