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SAT put on hold for students facing crucial deadlines

Hundreds of SAT and ACT test were canceled around the country

ATLANTA — If the pressure of getting into college wasn’t already enough --  add to the list not being able to take the test needed to get in. 

The spring tests for the SAT and ACT have been canceled, leaving little to no time for some students to meet crucial deadlines. 

"I’m hoping that most of these colleges and universities are going to give us leeway to send in our scores late," said Kira Dunkerley. 

Her daughter is a sophomore at Dunwoody High School. She was bumped from two SAT tests in March.

She needs the test to apply for dual enrollment at Georgia Perimeter by May 1.

"I mean, they’re going to have to add more dates there’s no way to accommodate all of these students," said Dunkerley. 

The college board canceled tests at hundreds of locations on Monday in response to COVID-19. In a statement posted to twitter, the board said it would give refunds and allow more testing opportunities when possible.

"While this may push things back a bit, there is still plenty of time for a student to get a test score of record on the books," said Rahsaan Burroughs. "It is not going to impede anyone from being able to attend a four-year college." 

Burroughs is a counselor with Collegewise. He said there are also more than a thousand colleges and universities that are SAT and ACT optional. Because of the coronavirus, some traditional-admission schools will make their tests optional as well. 

"We’re seeing a bit of schools saying in order to relieve stress and anxiety for this next cycle we’re going to be test-optional," he said.

Kira’s daughter is registered for a make-up test in June; although, she is not optimistic it will happen. Burroughs suggests students in similar situations reach out to the schools to see if another metric can be used. 


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