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AUDIENCE / This blog post is for students.

We know organizing your life and educational future around COVID-19 has probably been a little confusing. Distance learning, online classes, changing testing requirements — if you’re confused or overwhelmed, you’re not alone. We’ve got your back!

Today we’re tackling a big step in the path to college: testing.

For many students, testing is an important step that can help you get into college and win academic awards and scholarships. But with ACT and SAT spring test dates canceled due to COVID-19, many students like you may be wondering what’s next.

Planning to take the SAT? You can take the SAT any month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August.

Yes, you heard that right! You will have several chances to take the SAT before college applications are due for Fall 2021. You should be able to register for testing starting May 26th. Learn more.

Taking the ACT? You guessed it: the ACT is also giving you options.

ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13, 2020. Everyone registered for the April 4th test will be able to test on June 13th instead, at no additional cost. Get more info about the ACT and your options here.

Colleges are also giving you options – some are even changing testing requirements.

Colleges and universities responded quickly to the COVID-19 in several ways. A number of schools made standardized testing optional for the high school class of 2021. Others have waived fees and extended admissions deadlines. At least 17 colleges around the country – including some in Texas – have dropped the SAT or ACT for the next few incoming classes. Texas Christian University and Texas State University are a few that have made announcements about the changes.

Wondering about the TSIA?

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) is being administered in many creative, remote ways across Texas. Plus, colleges have been given flexibility about how they have students fulfil the TSI’s requirements. Check with your high school counselor and the college you plan to attend to learn about your options. And stay tuned – an upcoming blog post will share more about changes to the TSIA.

So here lies the question…what should you do about testing?

In short: you have lots of options, and it’s up to you.

Keep in mind that if you do not submit test scores to a test-optional school, other aspects of your application may be weighed more heavily. So if you have very strong grades, but don’t feel you do your best on standardized tests, not submitting scores to test-optional schools might make sense for you. On the other hand, if you’re an ace on standardized tests, a high score – even at a test-optional school – can still strengthen your application.

Another thing to think about: test scores may also still be a factor in getting merit-based financial aid. For many students, that’s a big deal.

Ultimately, this is a decision that each student will need to make. We highly recommend talking to your family, a high school counselor, or another adult you trust about what’s best for you!

And of course, if you still have questions, feel free to Ask ADVi! Text 512-829-3687 to get started.