게시판 section

Update to college entrance exam testing as of April 15, 2020

페이지 정보

20-04-17 11:18

본문

Update to college entrance exam testing as of April 15, 2020

1) The SAT I and SAT II for May and June 2020 test dates have been cancelled. Registration for new tests hereafter will begin in May, and there will be extra SAT test dates so that there is a test date for every month starting in August through the end of year 2020 in December. (https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates)
2) The International Baccalaureate test for May has been cancelled, and if you don't know what the IB test is, then your school doesn't have it. In short, it is the European version of the AP test. (https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/may-2020-examinations-will-no-longer-be-held/)
3) The ACT April 4 test date is postponed or moved to June 13th, and there will be updates or changes to future test dates, depending on how the Covid-19 outbreak changes. (https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html)
4) The AP test in May will be entirely online, and students can take the test on most any device: cell phone, internet connected tablet, internet connected laptop computer, internet connected desktop computer. There will be no multiple choice part, but only two FRQ problems. The students will have 25 minutes to read and write out the answers to the first question on paper, have 5 minutes after that to photograph and upload the first question, then have 15 minutes to read and write out the second question, then 5 minutes to photograph and upload the second question. The test will be open book and open notes, but students are not allowed to collaborate on the test or communicate with others in any way during the test. The AP test will also not cover the last parts of the exam, equivalent to the AP subject topics that would have been learned from March to the end of the school year in June. If you've missed signing up for the AP test with your AP Coordinator at your school or would like to take the AP test otherwise on your own, you can sign up here (https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/register-for-ap-exams). For the latest updates to the AP exam testing from the Covid-19 outbreak, see as follows. (https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams)
5) All University of California campuses, Boston University, and Northeastern University, among other universities so far will not require SAT or ACT test scores in their admissions, and will accept the pass/fail grades from students' high schools not to count as part of their GPA for a-g California course requirements for admissions to start the Fall 2021 term. If students have SAT I or SAT II or ACT test scores from earlier administrations of the test, the UC schools will accept them. Any AP scores that students submit as part of their application, the UC schools will accept those too. The university web site says that not submitting SAT or ACT test scores will not harm students' applications, however. (https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-eases-admissions-requirements-help-students-families-wake-covid-19)

What this all means:
Some universities are considering closing their campuses and have only internet-based classes up to the end of the 2020 year, so December, so they are taking the possibility of a resurgence of the Covid-19 outbreak very seriously. However, there is still a very much wait-and-see attitude: the ACT has not thought out any action beyond June, College Board is offering SAT I and SAT II testing from August to the end of the year, but still the University of California campuses are waiving the SAT I and ACT testing requirement.

If the number of infections drops to safe numbers by late summer, the fact that College Board is offering tests from August to December every month till the end of the year in December will make students not reporting any test scores, while acceptable to University of California policies as they are stated, have a disadvantage. However, if the mounting number of Covid-19 infections continues throughout the summer and later into the year, such a situation of no test scores, at least for University of California campuses, will be an acceptable application situation. Many more universities will adopt such a policy similar to the University of California campuses at that time. It seems that ACT and College Board are giving out refunds or no penalty test date changes to any registered test dates, so signing up for the coming end-of-year test dates seems a good strategy for now.

This situation will affect 11th graders currently the most, with their schools having pass/fail grades in many cases with use of internet classes. For calculation of students' GPA, the pass/fail class grades will be counted as if they don't exist, although they will fulfill the requirements for college admissions (for instance the a-g requirements for University of California campuses). Students with poor SAT I or ACT scores should still plan on taking one more test by the end of the year, at least for now in the current strategy and sign up to take the May AP tests, in FRQ only format for now. 10th graders should start studying for their eventual SAT I or ACT testing (and SAT II, AP, and studying for their school subjects being taken and to be taken next school year) while you are at home.

Get off the couch, the bed, the floor and get started with some study! This is how we prepare for the worst but plan for the best.

 
(Photo : US University Admissions Orientation in Korea)

Steven Huh is currently president of Steven Academy in San Francisco. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as an English Literature major, taught at Daewon Foreign Language High School English expository writing, SAT I writing, SAT I Reading Comprehension, and served as its Director of College Counseling from 1998 to 2002. He also was president of Steven Academy in Seoul, Daechi-dong from 2003 to 2018. He is currently a member of NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counseling) and International ACAC (International Association of College Admission Counseling).
 
Homepage : www.stevenacademy.com
VOD  : www.onlinesteven.com
Kakao Talk : http://pf.kakao.com/_wGrYl 
| tel. 415-918-6018 | Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00
frontoffice@stevenacademy.com
3330 Geary Blvd, 3rd Floor West, San Francisco CA 94118