Navigating Test Cancellations

Academic Approach Families and Colleagues:

Thank you all for your responses to our note yesterday. We’re continuing to build our hub of resources for families and educators to support education on racial justice and equity. We’re eager to engage with our partners and community on how we can support our students and school partners, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We also heard your requests for more information on registration for summer and fall ACT and SAT. In an effort to increase equity–and likely as a result of the complaints about at-home AP testing–the College Board announced this afternoon that it will not offer at-home testing this fall as they cannot ensure that all students will have equal access to three hours of uninterrupted, video-quality internet for each student, which would be required for secure testing. This is likely the right way to go for fairness and equity. It also puts more pressure on many students who are having difficulty navigating test cancellations. College Board will also be offering an additional January test date for students to use in applications this year and are asking colleges to be flexible with this year’s applications.

Many students are having a challenging time getting anyone to take their calls at College Board or ACT, so we’ve compiled some information on re-registering:

  • You still have to pay for the new test, but the registration fee for the rescheduled test is refunded to your card. This is certainly confusing. Some families waited too long and weren’t able to get a spot at their preferred location.
  • Look beyond your geographic comfort zone. If you are comfortable with traveling, the best option may be testing outside of your county or state.
  • Look at private school testing sites first. They appear to have more relaxed rules regarding re-opening and seem to be the only testing centers that remained open for June.
  • In WI, the counties are making the decisions and appear to be more apprehensive than other states about allowing school functions to occur.
  • Confirm with ACT or College Board AND the school if you can. ACT’s website, for example, states that some schools are still offering the test, but they are not. ACT’s website had not been updated.

We have also put detailed click paths for students doing online registration on our test updates page here.

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

Matthew Pietrafetta

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