Enough time has passed since the beginning of the COVID pandemic that a new wave of students is making plans to prepare for and take the ACT or SAT. In this post, I’ll lay out some of the main messages that I’ve been giving to my students over the past year – sort of a ‘2021 COVID Testing Primer’. Let’s get started.
Testing News + Updates
Knowledge Is Power
No matter what test you’re preparing for, the first step in any successful prep program is understanding the rules of the game. Or, as a wise man (Kendrick Lamar? Pretty sure it was Kendrick) once said, “Know your enemy.”
Fortunately, we’ve been around the block a few times, so we know a few things — almost 40 years’ worth of things, in fact. And because you’re our favorite, we want you to be able to know things, too. So if you have questions about the test, from scoring to accommodations to fundamental strategies, you can find the answers here. And if you don’t see the information you’re looking for, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll fill in the gap just as soon as we can.
August has seen two more additions to the list of at-home pandemic activities : the SSAT and ISEE. Both test organizations have announced the launch of at-home testing in order to allow students to take the exams without compromising their health. Read on for more.
If you’re a high school student or the parent of a high-schooler, you don’t need me, some random guy on the internet, to remind you that even the best version of the college admissions process is extraordinarily stressful. Fortunately, colleges themselves seem to recognize this as well, and they’re taking steps to address it. Read on for more.
The ACT has followed up on its announcement about the postponement of section-specific retesting by handing out new fall test dates the way Oprah gives out free cars: indiscriminately and at a genuinely impressive clip. Read on for details.
In an update posted on their website earlier this week, the ACT acknowledged that everything is not, in fact, fine. As usual, we’re here to provide a summary of the most important takeaways for those with too many quarantine Zoom meetings on the calendar and not enough time to read.
College Board released a short statement this week via Twitter providing a couple of additional details about the registration process for the fall SAT test dates. Read on for more.
Some cracks have begun to show in the ACT’s summer testing plans, as the organization strongly implied yesterday that cancellations and test-center closings are likely for the June 13 test date. We’re here to break down the most important takeaways from this statement.
The first week of remote AP testing is almost in the books, and it will come as a surprise to just about nobody that a number of students have complained of technical issues. In this post, we’ll take a quick look at the issues that have been reported during the exams, College Board’s response, and what you can do to avoid tech problems on test day.