The Coronavirus vs. the ACT/SAT

Written by Dr. Ene-Kaja Chippendale


The Corornavirus vs the ACT/SAT

The Coronavirus pandemic has upended education across the board, and schools are struggling to decide whether or not to open this fall. Students are eager to return, parents are stressed, and teachers are worried about how they will cope with classrooms where social distancing is difficult to implement. Masks are still not mandated in many places.

This time is especially stressful for seniors approaching their college application hurdle. A very large part of their stress is now caused by their trying to decide how to cope with the critical ACT or SAT tests.

Many ACT and SAT tests were canceled this spring and summer, and now students are approaching the critical August and September test dates: August 29 and September 26 for the SAT, and September 12, 13, 19 and October 10, 17, and 24 for the ACT. With the virus still spreading, schools are pushing opening dates further and further back. Many high schools have already made the decision to go online for the first semester.

NEWS FLASH from MU!!   MU has just announced that it will not require ACT or SAT scores for the class of 2021, joining a growing number of colleges and universities that are also going test-optional.

While knowing that their applications can be submitted without test scores will bring joy to some students, going test-optional is of no benefit for those students who need scholarships. This is true for all levels of scholarship aid.


Students must get busy registering ( or  Reports from our students indicate that the registration process is not going smoothly, and many test sites have already filled. Anyone who is still planning to take the September ACT test is encouraged to contact the ACT website as soon as possible.   Don’t bother calling—the ACT phone bank is reportedly not answering. SAT registration is going more smoothly.

We are continuing to offer ACT prep–both one-on-one and small classes–for the September ACT. You can reach us at for further information.

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