Should I take the SAT or ACT?

As many U.S. universities have not yet announced any extended test-optional or test-blind policies for Fall 2022 admissions, meaning applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admissions, many current high school juniors (in the Class of 2022) are in limbo about the necessity of taking the SAT or ACT.

Yet, given SAT and ACT registration deadlines typically close 4-6 weeks ahead of a test date, some school juniors may register for the Spring SAT’s or ACT’s to maintain all their college options.

However, as The College Board and the ACT organization are dependent on school site staff to administer the tests, then students actually being able to take the SAT or ACT this spring is also dependent on public health agencies, school districts, and school site administrators coordinating and of course, local COVID counts remaining under the set local public health standards. 

Thus as high school campuses are reopened, juniors who decide to take an SAT or ACT, choosing test sites at schools that are already or planning to reopen in January 2021 may be most prudent for a greater likelihood of sites remaining open through the spring months.

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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