COVID-19 Changes Delivery of SAT, ACT and AP Exams

April 24, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 9

In March, The College Board (New York) cancelled that month’s administration of the SAT college admission exam, but the June administration was thought to remain a possibility. That changed in April.

By mid-April, The College Board and ACT (Iowa City, IA) had revised plans for administration dates and the format of the tests. Additionally, The College Board adjusted administration dates and the format of Advanced Placement exams.

Changes to the SAT:

  • If it is safe from a public health standpoint, weekend administrations of the SAT will occur each month from August through December, beginning on Aug. 29.
  • The in-school administration in May was cancelled. An in-school administration will be offered in the fall.
  • If schools do not reopen in the fall, a digital version of the SAT will be offered to be taken at home.

Changes to ACT:

  • As of April 22, ACT continued to expect to administer its college entrance exam in June, a substitute for the cancelled April administration.
  • An at-home computer-administered exam with a remote proctoring option is expected to be launched in late fall/early winter 2020.
  • A practice version is expected to be available by August.

Changes to Advanced Placement:

  • Tests will be given at same time: May 11-May 22.
  • Points will not be earned for content that can be found in textbooks.
  • Short-response and document-based questions will replace multiple-choice questions
  • Software will be used to detect a student’s unique identity and style of online interactions.

Prepping for AP Exams

McGraw-Hill (New York) in April said it was providing free digital access to its 5 Steps to a 5 Advanced Placement test preparation guides for educators, students and parents. The online Cross-Platform Prep Courses will be available for 90 days for students who log in to get access prior to June 30, 2020.

The prep resources are available across 14 AP subjects: biology, Calculus AB, chemistry, English language, English literature, human geography, macroeconomics, microeconomics, Physics 1, psychology, statistics, U.S. government & politics, U.S. history, and modern world history.

Information, access codes and instructions on redeeming the codes are available at

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