Frequently Asked Questions from our Carnegie Prep students and families
Today, answers to the most vexing SAT and ACT questions can’t be found on a scoring key. That’s why we are here to help you navigate the uncharted waters of standardized testing during the coronavirus crisis. (And yes, test takers, vexing is an SAT/ACT vocab word that means causing frustration or worry. Take note!)
While the situation is changing daily, and even hourly, we will be updating our students, families, and this FAQ page with every new development. We are committed to being there for you: providing important information and offering all of our courses, practice tests, and test prep and academic private tutoring online for the foreseeable future. Our team at Carnegie Prep is ready to help you reassess your standardized testing timeline, decide which test to take when, and how to best utilize your time to sharpen your test prep and academic skills.
Here are the key questions you have been asking us:
Which upcoming standardized tests can I register for now? When do other test registrations open?
It’s official! You can now register for all eight of the upcoming SAT 2020-2021 test dates, beginning August 29th. The College Board opened the August 29th, September 26th and October 3rd dates to all students. The class of 2021 had priority access until June 3rd.
The other upcoming SAT test dates are:
- November 7th, 2020
- December 5th, 2020
- March 13th, 2021
- May 8th, 2021
- June 5th, 2021
We encourage all students to register early for these tests due to increased demand and limited seating capacity. If you experience any registration or technical difficulties, click here.
SAT Subject Tests:
The majority of the Subject Tests that were scheduled for June 6th are also offered on August 29th and October 3rd. Subject Tests will NOT be offered on September 26th. For a complete list of Subject Tests by test date through May 2021, click here.
Registration for the 2020-2021 ACT tests reopened on Monday, August 3rd. The ACT said it was giving priority to members of the Class of 2021 who were impacted by the spring and summer test date cancellations. Click here for more information on dates, registration, and test day protocols.
We are strongly encouraging students – particularly seniors – to sign up immediately for the fall 2020 dates, due to increased demand and limited seating capacity. Many students are planning to register for two dates in the event of more cancellations.
The ACT has added three new Saturday dates for fall 2020 and will allow all students to register for two select Sunday test dates. Here is the complete schedule:
Saturday, September 12th (previously scheduled)
Sunday, September 13th (now open to all students)
Saturday, September 19th (new)
Saturday, October 10th (new)
Saturday, October 17th (new)
Saturday, October 24th (previously scheduled)
Sunday, October 25th (now open to all students)
Saturday, December 12th (previously scheduled)
Not all locations will be available on each date.
Will the ACT offer section retesting and the chance to take the test on a computer in September, as previously announced?
No, the ACT has postponed both potential options in order to increase testing capacity for those students who have not yet taken a full ACT. The section retesting would have allowed students who have taken a full ACT to retake one, two or three sections only. The ACT has also postponed the plan to allow students to take the test “online” on a computer – as opposed to a paper test booklet – at a national test center.
Will the ACT still provide a “superscore” beginning in September?
Yes, the ACT still plans to offer students the option to provide a “superscore” to colleges, but colleges decide individually whether to accept it.
For a complete list of upcoming test dates and registration deadlines for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams, PSAT, and SSAT, click here.
I need to register! Which test sites in our area have availability for upcoming tests?
What about AP Exams?
AP Exam scores are out! The newly formatted 2020 Advanced Placement Exams are scored on the same 1-5 scale as previous tests. To access your scores, sign in with your College Board account username and password. The College Board has said it is confident the vast majority of higher education institutions will award college credit for AP Exams as they have in the past.
Will Connecticut Public Schools administer the mandatory in-school SAT to the class of 2021?
The College Board said it will offer the in-school SAT this fall to replace the canceled March and April SAT School Day administrations for public high school juniors in Connecticut. The in-school test date will either be September 23rd or October 14th, depending on the school district. Check with your school district to see if it is administering the test.
I was so prepared for the test. Now what?
We know the cancellations upended your best-laid plans for the SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Set aside time this summer to keep your skills sharp. Plan on weekly review sessions and one to two proctored practice tests in the month leading up to your official test. Our team at Carnegie Prep can help you with all of the above, through consultation and online courses, private tutoring, and practice tests.
Will colleges change their application deadlines or requirements for current juniors/the high school class of 2021?
Right now, colleges and universities – like all of us – will need to be flexible and understanding.
What else should I do?
Wash your hands. Do your homework. Be kind. Enjoy your family.
These are unprecedented, and unsettling, times for everyone. You have all studied U.S. History and know our nation has stood united in the face of grave challenges. It’s up to all of us, and our communities, to show the same strength and courage now. Take care.
How are the Graduate school exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) affected by the pandemic?
For more information on each test and if it has changed in format, structure, and/or timing, please see our blog post which details each test from the perspective of our expert tutors.