Major changes announced for Spring 2020 exams

April 20, 2020
Lozano Smith, a member of ACSA Partners4Purpose program, has provided the following information on AP, SAT and ACT exams. In light of the recent disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board, the organization that administers the AP program and the SAT, is offering free online AP review classes as of March 25, 2020. AP students will also be able to take their AP exams online from any device, including computers, tablets, or smartphones. Students will also have the option of handwriting their responses and submitting a photo of them. On April 3, 2020, the College Board made the full exam schedule available online, including local testing times for each AP course. Course-specific exam information, exam scoring, timing, and exam security are also posted on the College Board’s website. The website also states that information regarding details for test day will be provided to AP students and educators in late April of 2020. The exams will be open book/open note and will emphasize content that most schools completed by March of 2020, before school closures. According to the College Board, colleges have expressed support for the online exam solution. Registered students also have the option of canceling an exam at no charge. The College Board has asked students who do not have access to the internet to contact them directly as the organization is working on developing solutions to help provide those students with access to online programs. SAT and ACT exams The College Board has canceled the May 2, 2020 administration of the SAT, and has canceled makeup exam dates for past exams. Registered students will be refunded for the cost of the canceled exams. While the June 6, 2020, SAT has not been canceled yet, the College Board has expressed student and educator safety as its top priority, signaling the possibility of its cancelation depending on the status of the pandemic. The College Board is currently reviewing solutions for future testing opportunities to address increased testing demand due to the canceled SAT administrations. The April 4, 2020 administration of the ACT was rescheduled to June 13, 2020, due to the pandemic. Students registered for the April 4, 2020 ACT may receive a refund and will not be automatically rescheduled to take the June 13, 2020 exam. According to the ACT organization, these registered students should receive an email with postponement information and instructions for free rescheduling of the exam. Relevant links The College Board’s exam schedule and course-specific exam information for each AP exam is available at the following link: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule. Information regarding SAT and ACT administration is available at the following links:
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