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Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

Unsurprisingly—but inexcusably late—ACT canceled about 2/3rds of their national testing sites for the June 13th test. There are 20 sites listed in Illinois that are still available (of 129), but this is a moving target. We’ve attached a list by states relevant to most of you, so you can review.

What to do about the ACT on June 13th?
In Chicagoland and New York, some centers are still listed. Our list is a cross reference of known test centers against those stated by ACT to have been closed. It does not necessarily mean that those listed as open still are or will remain open. We suspect the open list too will likely close.

For our East Coast families and colleagues, most testing centers are closed in MA, NH, DC, and NY. Interestingly, in Wisconsin, a state that is now open, all testing centers except 1 have been closed. A note from ACT on these centers:

“There were instances in which a test center had to reduce their capacity due to social distancing guidelines determined by the CDC or state or local officials and it caused some students to be displaced. ACT prioritized students in 12th grade, followed by students in 11th grade, and then looked at the order in which a student registered for the ACT test. This decision was not made lightly, and ACT apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

If your test center was canceled, ACT has a new FAQ page with important information about rescheduling, including these key points:

  • Students should have received an email with details on rescheduling thru the ACT site.
  • They are NOT automatically re-registered and must change their registration in the system.
  • If students’ June test center was closed, they cannot change to another center for June.
  • They will be charged for the new test date and then refunded in 3-5 business days.
  • There won’t be any standby testing for June.
  • ACT has also removed any language about the June 20th makeup testing date.

We’ll be reaching out to help you navigate next steps. The best course of action varies by student. As always, “tests are standardized; students are not.”

Next Steps: July
While no test date is guaranteed at this moment in time, if you are registered for July, the test is six weeks away. In that time, we anticipate states to further open and continue to plan for appropriate distancing. It makes sense to prepare.

However, on our list of open Illinois-area test sites, you can see that there are very few July test centers available in the Illinois area with available seats, if you are not registered.

Next Steps: September
If you do not have a seat in July, the reality is that with so few test centers available for July, September presents schools and students the best possibility for safe large-scale testing events. Registration for September begins on July 14th.

Controversy & Consequences
As all this happens, College Board’s and ACT’s websites are crashing as students attempt to re-register. Amidst this turmoil, ACT’s current CEO Marten Roorda is stepping down. As chaotic as these times are, proactive and rational planning and communication are essential in leadership, especially when student success, access, and equity all hang in the balance.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO

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