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Colleges and Others Giving Students a Virus Break

Safety precautions related to Covid-19 have caused anxiety among high school juniors and seniors about being able to complete their college process successfully. 

Cancellation of SAT and ACT tests puts juniors in a bind trying to take tests required for admission.

The cancellation of accepted student days means that seniors lost the chance to take one last look at their top schools before making a final choice.

Not knowing what to expect has produced concern that keeps students awake at night and make them feel that their fate could be left to chance. One student said he felt like he was in a crazy chess game in which he was not even a player.

While schools are closed and SAT and ACT exams have been cancelled, there is good news today to help students through the crisis:

1. College Board will allow students in AP classes this year to take their AP testing online at home on two different dates.

2. Colleges are adjusting requirements. Some are going test optional for the high school class of 2020 for SAT and ACT. Some, like MIT, are no longer planning to consider SAT Subject Exams in college admission decisions.

3. Some colleges have moved the deadline for seniors to accept college admission offers from May 1 to June 1.

There are more positive actions under consideration to help the class of 2020 and 2021. Stay tuned!


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