Applerouth Prep Blog on the ACT
More news about the ACT: They've added test dates in fall to accommodate students who have not been able to take these exams in spring. This article from Applerouth Prep highlights the changes.
Applerouth Prep Blog on the ACT
The ACT had been planning to allow students to retake one, two, or three sections of the ACT, beginning in fall. It now seems that the ACT will be focused on providing opportunities for students to take the complete test, especially in light of all the recent test date cancellations. Registration for the fall ACT exams will open in late July.
ACT Newsroom and Blog
The SAT and ACT have remained "hot topics" this spring in the midst of the coronavirus. Many colleges, including the University of California, will be test optional for this upcoming application cycle. In fact, the UC will eliminate the SAT and ACT from admissions review for the classes of 2023 and 2024. This article from the Washington Post asks the question: Will colleges ever go back to requiring these exams?
Washington Post - Will Colleges Require Tests?
Thank you to Applerouth Tutoring for this very straightforward information about changes to the ACT, coming in fall. Those changes include computer-based testing at some testing locations and the ability to retake sections of the exam. Here's the full article: Applerouth - Changes to the ACT
Take a look at this information from College Board on upcoming SAT exams and their policies for fall.
Coronavirus Updates for Students Taking the SAT
Yesterday, the ACT finally announced the test centers that will be closed for the June 13 exams. Even for those centers that will be open, many students will be displaced due to social distancing guidelines. This blog from Applerouth Tutoring discusses the ACT policies as well as what the test center cancellations mean for students.
From Teen Vogue, what students are saying about the recent AP exams and cheating. It would be difficult to believe that the SAT and ACT can be taken at home in fall or next year.
Teen Vogue: 2020 AP Exams and Cheating
Check out the College Board's website for updates on the SAT and fall dates. Registration for the fall tests should open later this week.
Updates on the SAT from College Board
Many students are quite aware that they receive mail and email from colleges that might be out-of-reach or simply not a good fit. Here's one reason why you are getting all those materials:
Wall Street Journal
The SAT and ACT, as admissions requirements, have been under scrutiny over the last few years. Are they accurate predictors of college success? In California, both the University of California and the Cal State University system are reviewing the tests. Here is the latest about a bill recently vetoed by Governor Brown.
Here is an interesting article from the New York Times. It reinforces the philosophy that students should take their first SAT or ACT early, giving them an opportunity to take it again. For students on the free lunch program at their high school, be sure to check with your counselor or College and Career Center to receive fee waivers.
Registration is now open for the 2018-19 school year. Be sure to sign up early to get your choice of testing locations. Sign up for the ACT here: www.act.org
Registration is now open for the August SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Since there are often fewer testing locations for the August exam, be sure to sign up early. Students who are on the free lunch program at school may be eligible for a few waiver for the SAT. Be sure to pick up your fee waiver now from your guidance or college counselor.
While the University of California continues to require the optional essay portion of the SAT or ACT, many other colleges are dropping that requirement. Here is the latest news about the essay portion from Yale University. In addition, Yale will allow students to "self-report" their test scores from SAT or ACT without incurring additional fees for sending official reports. Official reports can be sent once the student is accepted and agrees to attend Yale.
Here is some great news from the ACT! They have just created the ACT Academy designed to offer free ACT prep along with other services. Students have already had access to free SAT prep through the Khan Academy. Now, students will have free ACT prep services as well.