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Greetings Students and Families!
I hope you are all healthy and finding balance and peace given the challenges we all face together during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Teens are facing unique issues with remote learning and social distancing from their friends. Parents, teachers and your online college counselor can continue to provide the requested support and encouragement.  This is a time to be proud of our young adults showing resilience and creativity under extraordinary circumstances . I found this interesting article I’d like to share on how students are handling online learning.
SAT and ACT - Prepare for College Appilcations
While I wouldn’t dream of interfering with your parenting style and house rules, I think we all agree that our goal is to foster  emotional growth and independence.  How can we help each young adult remain on target with their educational goals in these times?  We lead by example–helping teens to embrace the situation with grace, assume responsibility for outcomes and embrace a newfound maturity and direction reflective of family values.

Cancellations of June SAT Test Dates– IMPACT ON YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLAN and COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Revised Online SAT Format on Horizon?

It’s been over a month since I  began writing and blogging about the impact of COVID-19 on College Planning and College Admissions.    Just a few days ago, I offered practical guidance on the impact on college admissions of the changed AP Exam format you can read here:

At the end of last week we all learned that June SAT/ACT exams are cancelled, and now contingency plans are being drafted to design an online version of the SAT/ACT if college and schools remained closed  into the fall.  It’s not only high school students preparing for college admissions that are impacted by COVID-19, but current undergraduates preparing to take MCAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT exams for medical school, graduate school, MBA and law school applications are also affected and adjustments on are on the horizon for college admissions and higher education in general.

Having spent thirty years as a university professor, I am following and talking with Higher Education experts like myself to stay ahead of the news regarding the myriad of options being proposed for the college admissions 2020-21 cycle.   Not only are  high school and undergraduate transcripts going to show Pass/Fail grades for the spring semester, not only are extracurricular opportunities in student and community organizations including planned summer activities curtailed—but now standardized testing is changing.  About the only constant in all of college admissions is that there will still be required college essays on your Common Application, and I suspect these will take on even greater importance as admissions officers aim to learn more about each applicant.

Just last week I attended another session  about College Admissions and Enrollment organized by the Chronicle of Higher education focused on trends and anticipated changed.  I wrote about some of these trends in the previous session here:

This past week’s information session focused on enrollment and whether colleges will reopen.  There were comments about the anticipated late-start school year, elimination of Early Decision,  continued numbers of colleges going test optional and for the class of 2020—efforts to ease the decision making on enrollment including outreach efforts to families with the greatest financial need. It’s clear that universities are making incredible adjustments – and you should be prepared for the upcoming college admissions cycle to see modifications in how your application is reviewed.

REVISIONS  to SAT TESTING – COLLEGE ADMISSIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

So back to testing– If you are a parent of a rising senior ’21  you may be concerned at the seemingly lack of available test dates remaining.   First, a  growing number of colleges and universities that have decided to join the ranks of the over 1000 universities already noted on the Fair Test website as Test Optional.  You’ll find that growing list here:

This is the list of 425 “Top Tier” Universities De-Emphasizing the SAT/ACT in College Admissions

This is the latest link on the Fair Test site entitled

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TEMPORARILY WAIVING ACT/SAT REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020 ADMISSIONS ONLY

***  You need to check both lists as you create your balanced list of reach, match and safety colleges.  Nonetheless,  as I’ve written about many times and guide my students—all admissions requirements should be checked carefully at each college’s admissions website under testing requirements.

What about the SAT II SUBJECT TESTS?   

Some colleges require SATII subject tests—and to date—we don’t have accurate information on the status of these tests in our fluid and fast-changing situation.  Traditionally, students and I map out the testing strategy—including test prep and test dates aligned with the academic calendar year.  The best time to take an SATII subject test is May—presumably when students are concurrently preparing for materials covered on related AP exams or final exams.  While mathematics or foreign language can more easily be postponed until fall,  exams covering content on science and history may be more challenging if students wait until August or September to test.  Again, it’s important to check each college’s website to see what exams are required for college admissions.  The more selective colleges have traditionally required these exams.  Also, “test optional” universities often replace SAT/ACT tests with content-based exams such as the AP and SAT—with the format and scheduling of all these exams uncertain – much remains to be seen.  Students should assume at the moment that exams will be possible in the fall in some revised version- the NEW NORMAL?!

So I want to remind everyone again of the traditional and expected path related to college testing and college admissions.  College admissions is holistic—your grades, courses taken, extracurricular experiences,  standardized testing and college essays will be relevant in assessing your admissions file.

 

SAT Testing and College Admissions for Juniors ‘ 21

Regarding testing—if you’re a high school junior  ’21 who has already tested and the scores you attained are awesome for the colleges you are likely interested in applying to this fall—you’re in a great position.   Most likely you had prepared or were preparing  for your SAT/ACT  for March, April, May and June-and didn’t yet test.  So now what?  Again — it depends on how you see this situation- glass half-filled or half-empty?  Stronger test takers may be disappointed.  Stressed or not-so-strong test takers- relief perhaps?

What should you focus on at the moment for College Admissions Planning?  This is a highly fluid situation- each college admissions website is being revised and more clarity will be seen as we begin the college application cycle in June/July on testing and admissions requirements at each university are updated.

I recommend that students halt test preparation at the moment—and resume the test mid-summer when you are within 4 to 6 weeks of the next available test date and when we know what the exam format will resemble.  I think it’s premature (and added stress)  to focus energies and perhaps even test prep money with so much uncertainty.  Please don’t misinterpret my recommendation—the most selective universities will very well continue to require an SAT/ACT and you need to be prepared to take the exam in whatever format it’s offered at the next available online or in-person dates.  At the moment- it would be a misuse of your time to prepare for an exam format that is unclear.  Let’s talk about your balance list of college, your educational and college admissions goal and revise your college plan to reflect the situation we face – Schedule with College Advisor- Bonnie Rabin, PhD— all our appointments are online!

What about high school sophomores? ‘22 — Which SAT Format and when to Test??

I typically recommend that if students are far enough along in mathematics  it’s reasonable to begin test preparation during the summer between the 10th and 11th grade and aim to be ready for SAT work in the fall.  Certainly all rising juniors know that a PSAT is scheduled for the fall and that is an important exam for scholarship consideration, summer 2021 program applications and even NCAA qualification..  Please expect the PSAT date will likely shift a month or two out.

But what about the projected COVID-19 revised SAT online format –specifically will sophomores ’22 who take that exam be able to use it during the admissions cycle of their senior year or will they be expected to take and utilize the score on the traditional multi-hour in-person exam.  I don’t know – but I would venture that  colleges will want to continue to be flexible.   It cannot hurt to take the anticipated abridged online format but you must be prepared to accept a return to “normalcy” later in your junior year.

So where to direct your college admissions efforts at this time?
Finish your academic year strong- high GPA ! Learn material that is essential to your success and understanding of subsequent coursework – math, science and foreign language are critical

Focus on exploring college majors and research questions to understand the major areas that interest you.

Begin work brainstorming your core common application essay and eventually begin work on your college specific supplemental college specific essays.  Consider joining our Writers Block College Workshop – this year being offered online.

 

Do you have questions about your AP exams, AICE exams or whether SAT vs ACT exams suit you? Wonder about SATII Subject tests?  Please reach out to schedule an online college planning session.

Here’s several of my previous resources you will find valuable to understanding all things related to AP, IB and AICE exams.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLANNING TIPS: TESTING – SAT ACT SUBJECT TESTS AP – WHAT’S REQUIRED

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLANNING- AP EXAMS- REQUIRED? WHICH ONES? AP EXAMSCORING?

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATION – SAT VS. ACT FORMAT PART 1

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS: SAT VS ACT FORMAT PART II OF II

COLLEGE PLANNING: CHANGES IN SAT AND ACT, SAT & ACT TEST PREP SUPERSCORE

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLANNING – SAT VS ACT– SCORE CHOICE & SUPER SCORES

 

College Admissions and College Application Workshop  –

Please give me a call if you are uncertain on what to do next regarding SAT/ACT, AP exams or even your summer plans.  Connect with online college advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD
Juniors ’21 – We’ll soon be starting our  Writers Block Workshop — this year online!  Please reach out to get scheduled for your one-on-one appointments .  I know you miss your normally packed extracurricular schedule and you had huge summer plans– the silver lining- with steady focus and determination-, we can finish your college essays and college applications well before school resumes. I’m eager to get you pumped and ready for college apps and keep you on schedule and on task. With the fall uncertain- let’s make the best of this situation.

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FINISH YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY BEFORE SUMMER BREAK!