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 standardized tests have been canceled, and what future dates can I register for?
The May 2nd SAT has been canceled with no makeup dates. The March 28th makeup exam for the March 14th SAT (available to some students) was also canceled. You can register for the June 6th SAT and Subject Tests. Please do so ASAP to keep all your options open (see below). Registration for the August 29thand October 3rd SAT typically opens in mid to late April.
The April 4th ACT has been rescheduled to June 13th. We are strongly encouraging students to register NOW for the July 18th ACT. Test centers are filling up quickly (see below)! Registration for the September 12th and October 24th ACT opens in early July.
If I was signed up for the April 4th ACT, will I automatically be registered for the June 13th test?
NO. According to the ACT, “all students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future ACT national test date.” You still need to register (see below)!
I need to register! Which test sites in our area have availability for upcoming tests?
- SAT Test Centers in our area with available seats for the June 6th SAT
- ACT Test Centers in our area with available seats for the June 13th ACT
- ACT Test Centers in our area with available seats for the July 18th ACT
Will the College Board or ACT add new dates to the testing calendar?
We certainly hope so! The College Board said it will “provide additional SAT testing opportunities as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations.” The ACT said “more information will be released in the days ahead.” We will alert our students the minute we get any news.
What about AP Exams?
On March 20, 2020 the College Board announced major changes in this year’s Advanced Placement Exam schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic and school closures.
We at Carnegie Prep are ready to help. Here is what you need to know:
- The traditional, in-school face-to-face exam administrations originally scheduled for May will NOT take place.
- Students will be able to take a 45-minute online exam at home.
- For each AP subject, students can choose to take the test on one of two dates, which will be announced by April 3rd. According to the College Board: “Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. “
- The full exam schedule, examples of free-response questions that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will also be available by April 3rd.
We at Carnegie Prep are ready to help our students meet this challenge. We have moved our AP Courses online and will tailor the curriculum to meet the new criteria set by the College Board. Once the College Board announces the new test date options, we will adjust our AP Exam Course schedules accordingly.
We also offer private tutoring online and custom study groups for all AP courses. We’ve added semi-private tutoring online for students who might prefer to work with a friend.
How will I know if the June and July tests are canceled?
We will be keeping tabs on all cancellations. You should also check the email you used to register for the test. The timeliest information appears on the websites for the host schools before it is posted on the College Board site.
Will Connecticut Public Schools administer the mandatory in-school SAT to juniors?
The Connecticut Department of Education lists April 28th and April 29th as makeup dates for the Connecticut SAT School Day. Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered that Connecticut public schools remain closed until at least April 20th.
Will the International Baccalaureate Program administer exams this year?
No. The IB has canceled the May 2020 exams at its U.S. and international schools.
I was so prepared for the test. Now what?
Take a deep breath, and then take a look at your calendar. We know the cancellations have upended your best-laid plans for the SAT/ACT, AP Exams, and SAT Subject Tests. Now is the time to look ahead and come up with a new plan. That said, it’s really important that you focus on academics and continue to prepare for your next SAT or ACT to keep your skills sharp after all of the hard work you have put in. 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 are focused on their current students completing course work, followed by the ongoing admission process for the class of 2020. Going forward, colleges – 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.