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Colleges & Universities Consider Dropping The SAT Requirement In a MAJOR Shakeup + College Board Says A Digital SAT Is Possible

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The SATs are canceled for June, but there will be a digital version of the test coming this fall if colleges and universities don’t reopen. Also, some colleges and universities have already dropped the requirement for fall 2021 admissions. And this huge decision may shakeup the whole higher ed landscape.  Deets inside…

Higher education will look different for rising seniors. SATs scheduled for June have been canceled and many colleges & universities are dropping the requirement for fall 2021 admissions in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The College Board and ACT Inc. - who administer the SAT & ACT - announced the SAT & ACT scheduled for June has been canceled.

"To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020," the College Board said in a statement Wednesday.

The organization said the next SAT will be administered in August, IF possible.

After the cancellation, several universities are reportedly suspending the standardized test requirement or some schools are making it optional for fall 2021 admission due to the pandemic.

CNN reports:

In total, about 51 universities and colleges have dropped the ACT/SAT requirement for at least fall 2021 in recent months, according to a list by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, a nonprofit organization working to end the misuse of standardized testing.

They include Boston University, which announced it's going test-optional for students applying for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters, and the University of California, which said all nine of the schools in its system would suspend the requirement for students applying for fall 2021. Some schools are going test-optional for even longer, as is the case with the extremely competitive Tufts University, which announced it would make the tests optional for a three-year period.

Others, including Tulane University, all Oregon public universities, the University of Washington, Scripps College, Northeastern University and Texas Christian University have all made testing optional for fall 2021 or longer.

If schools aren’t reopened by the fall, students will be able to take the SAT from home.

The College Board said that while this would be the first time SATs would be taken by students from home, it would not be the first time the test is administered digitally, adding it had already been done in several states and districts over the past year.

"Like the paper test, a digital, remote version of the SAT would measure what students are learning in school and what they need to know to be successful in college," it said.

Also, Advanced Placement (AP) exams would also be taken digitally by students this spring.

This is our new normal, sadly.

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