As the fall SAT administration dates approach, aim to lessen the uncertainty that has resulted from the coronavirus. One way we can do this is by making sure you know what to expect leading up to test day.
Health and safety
Local schools and test centers make individual decisions about wheher to administer the SAT. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow College Board requirements. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You’ll need to bring a mask or protective face covering and wear it throughout the duration of testing. (Take a full-length practice test while wearing a mask before test day to prepare yourself for the test day experience.)
- You’ll be required by test centers to be seated at least 6 feet away from other students.
- Check your test center’s website for any additional health and safety measures so you’ll be prepared to follow them.
- If you feel sick the day of your test, stay home. Contact customer service on the next business day for your options. You won’t be charged a change or cancellation fee if you stay home because you’re sick.
To comply with local and College Board health and safety regulations, be ready to agree to the following when entering the test center or testing room:
- You don’t have covid-19 or reason to believe you have covid-19. Symptoms include cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, and recent loss of taste or smell.
- In the past 14 days, you haven’t come into close contact—within 6 feet—of someone who tested positive for or is presumed to have covid-19.
- To your knowledge, you aren’t violating any travel restrictions or quarantining requirements.
- You promise to wear a mask the entire time you’re at this test site and follow instructions from testing staff.
- By entering the testing center and testing room, you accept the risk of covid-19 exposure. Although we’ve taken measures to create a safe environment, it’s impossible to remove all risk.
Communicating with you about test center closures and reduced capacity
Many locations will have reduced capacity because of social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, many test centers are expected to encounter full or partial closures. Check with test centers and ask them to report closures or reduced capacity as early as possible to ensure students are informed and to reduce uncertainty ahead of test day.
Stay updated about changes about your test center’s status as quickly as possible. Students who are being moved to a different test center and students whose registrations are being canceled because a test center decides to close or reduce capacity will be directly notified by College Board. Be aware that there may be a delay between the test center closing and the email notification. In the days leading up to each test, we’ll give updates about test center closures as often as possible. We also suggest you check directly with the test center, and visit the test center’s website, the day before and morning of the test.
Recheck your registration status and admission ticket right before the test. Your registration status may change before you receive notification.
College Board may need to get in touch with you if your test center makes the decision to close or reduce capacity between now and test day.
What to do if your SAT registration is canceled
Visit Collegeboard website to register for a future test date. If you can’t find a seat at a nearby test center for your preferred date, be sure to check out other test dates.
We know the virus has heightened the stress of applying to college for many. Colleges and universities understand that due to covid there are limited opportunities for students to take the SAT. Most aren’t requiring test scores for the upcoming admissions cycle, and they’re extending deadlines and/or accepting scores after deadlines pass for students who choose to submit them. You can check college websites to get the most accurate information on their policies and deadlines.