These are the Next SAT and ACT Dates
That Have Been Confirmed:
ACT: June 13th (or June 24th), July 18th
SAT: August 29th, September (date TBD); October 3, November 7 and December 5, 2020
As the companies that produce and administer the SAT and ACT have moved to consolidate future test dates, much planning now must take place by those who still need to take these tests for admission to colleges, scholarships (Bright Futures being one of them), and all the other programs that utilize these scores. Because the SAT had to cancel many of their most popular dates in March and June, there has been a scramble to determine what this new calibration of dates will mean.
It has also has given way to some discussions on should they be used at all (with some colleges in the US), at least for this upcoming admissions cycle. This undoubtedly has sparked debate on many aspects of the use of these tests by colleges going forward. There are so many questions ranging from which tests will still be given, when, and even which schools may elect to not require them (temporarily), etc. And with these sudden changes, exactly how will students be evaluated when applying to any given college this fall.
The current situation is renewing debate on whether colleges should continue to rely on these admissions tests at all. Do they predict what they are supposed to predict? Are they fair? Are they used in a uniform manner by admissions offices? There is a growing number of colleges that have become “test neutral” so be prepared for a renewed questioning of the current and future use of the SAT and ACT.
What This Means for Juniors
Current high school juniors have much uncertainty to deal with: Completing their 11th grade work online, pondering what aspects of the upcoming senior year will change or remain the same, and maybe reevaluating current college choices. For SATs and ACTs, how will the changes in testing schedules impact an opportunity to get a good 'superscore,' therefore affecting the chances of getting in to a chosen college? And so on.
Given all this, what are the ways to make the best use of this time amid today's events? It falls back to the adage that basically says: Work on those things you can still control and try not to worry about those things you can’t control.
A student can "take charge" by being productive with the present:
- Make a new list of colleges then researching them online
- Organize all tasks that will be needed for college applications in the fall
- Check out reputable scholarship search sites
- Go over your transcript to make sure you know your overall and weighted GPAs and noting the difficult classes you have taken.
- Re-evaluate one's senior schedule in terms of difficulty, what math class is taken and any possible changes to make prior to classes in the fall.
- Put together an 'activities resume' (more on this in a future article)
***Here is one more suggestion for college bound juniors***
Reflect on the ways this pandemic crisis has affected and changed you. It could be the substance of a valuable college essay and maybe a little therapeutic as well.
We hope that all of this will help you and your student reflect, ponder and focus on the many possibilities that will unfold once the worst of this passes. Though immensely challenging on many levels, this time could be a blessing in disguise by allowing all those affected reevaluate things and consider new paths and priorities.
One thing that has not changed is how important it is to prepare for the future. The second question is when will the 'a future' arrive? And will you be ready?
If your junior is at home, with nothing better to do, here are more suggested activities he/she can do NOW:
Visit www.fastweb.com to start a scholarship search.
Go directly to college websites to learn about that school and to find out what changes they may be making due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Research majors to help clarify what you want to put down on your college application. For an exercise, go to the FSU Career Center link to browse college major information.
As for 'in-home testing' both SAT and ACT companies are actively looking into the feasibility of this for this fall.
For juniors in particular, that now means taking a look at all the next available test dates for SAT and ACT signing up for them then planning on how to prepare for each one. Other questions may follow: When do I start preparing? How far in advance should this start? What are my options to study for these tests? On my own? Online options? A class or 1-1 tutoring? Once the options are listed and evaluated, a customized course of action can be determined with a smart, adaptive approach as each test is taken and results are understood.