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Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

For many students, one of the first high-stakes academic challenges of school closures in the spring was at-home AP testing. At the time, College Board was promising the option of an at-home, remote-proctored SAT by the fall. However, they immediately ran into technological challenges with proctoring the AP tests, and, as a result, College Board quickly backed off the concept of secure, remotely proctored SATs.

ACT, however, has pressed ahead, piloting a remote option they plan to have available for college-reportable tests by December of 2020. Both have now successfully offered in-person tests in August and September, though there have still been challenges for many students, including last-minute cancellations and travel to far-flung test sites. In-person test dates will continue through the fall, though safety requirements will mean continued issues with access and availability, leading many students eager to consider at-home testing options.

Other tests—such as the law school admissions test, the LSAT—have at least somewhat successfully offered remote-proctored tests this year.  Remote proctoring options have received mixed reviews, and the online test platforms available for practice on ACT and SAT’s website leave much to be desired. However, students are anxious for a safe, reliable opportunity to test in the wake of spring and summer cancellations—even if they bring new challenges. We’ll be continuing to provide updates on options for testing this school year.

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

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