I know you're worried. SAT and ACT tests around the country are continuing to be canceled. You are concerned about how this will impact your college admissions process a year from now.
One thing we have learned in the past ten months, though, is that the standardized testing industry and the role it plays in the process has changed forever.
Colleges are adapting, and so are we. Here is what you need to know about standardized tests for the coming year:
1. The SAT and ACT can wait.
2. Test optional colleges are very common these days.
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3. The PSAT will be offered twice this school year.
4. Subject Tests need to take a backseat.
5. Believe it or not, AP exams may be your only sure bet this school year.
For those students who rely on standardized tests to strengthen their applications, I believe you will have a chance to take them. But you may have to wait longer than you thought. The good news is that colleges permit senior year fall testing, and students often score their best during senior year. And for those students who worry about their scores actually hurting them, standardized tests no longer carry the weight they once did. These tests can help those who need them, but they can just as easily be a tiny blip on the radar for those who are more disillusioned by them.