The COVID-19 College Update

With high schools, colleges, and universities on hiatus for an undetermined period of time, “business as usual” is nonexistent. So how does this affect your college-bound students? To help you know what to tell your families, we have done some research for you to pass on.

JUNIORS

SAT Exam Administration – As of this writing, College Board has canceled the SAT scheduled for May 2, 2020. All make-up test dates for March have also been canceled. The June test is still open for registration. For further information visit College Board here.

ACT Exam Administration – ACT has rescheduled the April 4 exam to June 13. Further updates are available at: www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html

Summer School – An informal survey of both community colleges and state universities revealed that the majority of institutions are deploying distance learning options for summer classes. There were indications that courses involving hands-on lab work may be conducted via small-group sessions, but those decisions would not be rendered until May at the earliest.

New Applications – At this time, it appears that most colleges and universities will continue to accept applications per their individually designated schedules. However, all in-person events through May 1, 2020, are likely to be canceled or postponed.

For the most current College Board information go to: https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegeboard-covid-19-updates

JUNIORS AND SENIORS

AP Exam AdministrationAs of March 20, College Board announced that traditional face-to-face AP exams will not be administered. Instead, students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.  For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates so students can choose to take the test while the material is fresh or have additional time to study. The full exam schedule will be available on April 3.

AP Program – Due to extended school closures, the AP Program is developing resources to help schools support their students at a distance in preparing for the new online exams. All relevant free-response question types will be unlocked in the AP Classroom so students can access practice questions similar to what will appear on the exam. You can access the AP Classroom here.

Portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses will be announced shortly. Schools do not need to call AP Services for Educators to request these extensions.

SENIORS

International Baccalaureate – As a worldwide organization, IB is still monitoring the fluid situation of the pandemic and will announce its decision regarding the May 2020 exam session on March 27. For current IB information please visit: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates

Transcripts: Due to high school closures some students may find it difficult to obtain transcripts in a timely manner, and it appears that most higher learning institutions will be accepting late documents on a case-by-case basis. Check with your school to see if they use Parchment, or some other similar electronic system, to send transcripts.

Registration/Orientation: Given the volatility of the current situation, higher education institutions are reluctant to predict how business will be conducted with regard to the 2020-2021 school year. The suggested course of action is to adhere to the school’s current guidelines, submitting all deposits and housing requests in a timely manner as students are able. As the pandemic situation continues to develop, schools will reevaluate and adjust deadlines as necessary.

Once your seniors have made their school selection it is critical that they closely monitor incoming emails from the school for the most up-to-date information and instructions.

For the most current College Board information go to: https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegeboard-covid-19-updates

The challenges that are being presented by this global health crisis are unprecedented in the educational community. Each institution is working with the utmost urgency to provide current students with the resources needed to fulfill their educational goals and to ensure that incoming students have every chance at success in their college career. Most appear to be moving forward with compassion and fairness for both staff and students; demonstrating awareness of the difficult circumstances that everyone is experiencing. The evolving nature of this situation continues to create uncertainty for both colleges and students, making patience the motto of the moment. Continue to monitor the resources listed above for current information.