A-HTS® Testing Updates

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NOTE: The College Board and ACT have both been looking into adding test dates, expanding testing centers, and setting up online options.  A-HTS® will continue to monitor the testing landscape and communicate as news becomes available. 

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MYACT Account Student Portal Changes

 

Recently, the ACT updated how students can view their official score results. When students log into their MyACT accounts, they will now see an interactive report that allows them to easily view detailed analyses of their test results, find areas for further improvement, and the ability to send scores to schools.

To view the new MyACT features, students can sign into their account on the ACT website and click the “Scores” tab at the top of their account page.

Test Result Features

For each administration of the ACT, students can access the following features:

My Score Details – This shows a breakdown of subject-area performance. For example, students can compare their achievement in areas of algebra, and statistics. This can help students determine areas to focus on to improve their scores.

How do I Compare – This shows students’ percentile ranks for their Composite score and individual test scores. They can check their ranks among students nationally or just within their own states.

Am I Ready for College – Students’ scores are compared against the college readiness benchmarks. If a score meets the benchmark, the student has at least a 50% chance of earning a grade of B or higher in relevant first-year college courses.

My Interests – This connects to the Interest Inventory, a survey of 72 questions that helps students find occupations and college majors that match their passions.

Send this Score – Scores can be sent to schools or scholarship agencies.

Sending Superscores

As of late, the ACT has notably endorsed the use of superscoring. A superscore is an ACT Composite Score based on the highest individual test scores from multiple administrations of the official test. For example, if a student’s highest Math and Reading scores were from an October test and highest Science and English scores were from December, the superscore would be based on these scores. A superscore shows a student’s top potential, and the ACT has proven it to be a more accurate predictor of student ability.

On students’ MyACT pages, they can view their superscores, which is automatically calculated from their test results. Students can choose to send their superscores to colleges. Note that some colleges do not consider superscores and will instead consider the highest composite score from a single test administration.

Sample MyACT Account Page Score Report:


PROCESS FOR REQUESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

Your steps for applying to both organizations are similar:

  1. Determine eligibility
  2. Gather the proper documentation
  3. Submit the application in consultation with your school
  4. Appeal the decision if denied

 

The table below is intended as a guide to help families navigate this process. As always, please feel free to email us at info@athometutoringservices.com with your questions.

 


SAT/ACT Updates:

It’s back to school season! Please see the following updates for SAT and ACT that may impact planning for the fall.

SAT

Fall national day administrations are August 29, September 26 (NEW), October 3, November 7, and December 5. Fall school day administrations are September 23 (NEW) and October 14. The College Board is implementing several new policies for both SAT school day and PSAT/NMSQT that include flexible and offsite testing options.

ACT

Fall national day administrations are September 12, 13, 19 (NEW), October 10, 17, 24 and 25 (NEW), and December 12. Fall school day administrations are September 23 (NEW) and October 14. ACT is implementing several new policies that include a revised fee waiver policy, section retesting, flexible testing for ACT district testing, online testing for national day testing, and remote testing in late fall/winter.


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School Updates

In our ever-changing environment, we hear of colleges that are shifting to a test optional policy on a temporary basis. This is designed to ease the pressure on students impacted by the SAT and ACT cancellations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep in mind, that students with standardized testing scores that will support their application can and should still send those scores on to colleges as they will be considered during the review process.

To make it easier for you to keep track of these developments, we’ll keep the list below updated as we learn new information. If you would like to share the name of a school that’s missing from this list, please email us at info@athometutoringservices.com. p>

Reminder that you should always check the website of the school for complete details on testing requirements. For example, some test-optional colleges will still require test scores from home-schooled applicants and candidates applying from non-traditional schools and others will still require test scores for merit aid consideration.

Colleges with Temporary Test-Optional Policies in Response to COVID-19

School Name Duration
Alfred University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission.
Amherst College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Babson University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Baylor University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Boston University Students applying for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 admission, then will review
California State University system Students applying for Fall 2021 admission with 2.5+ GPA
Centre College 3-year pilot
Colgate University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Cooper Union 2-year pilot
Cornell University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Davidson College 3-year pilot
Elon University 3-year pilot
Fordham University 2-year pilot
Gonzaga University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Grand Valley State University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Hamilton College Shift from test-flexible to ACT/SAT optional for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 applicants
Grand Valley State University Students applying for the 2021-22 academic year
Haverford College 3-year pilot
Hawaii Pacific University 3-year pilot
Loyola Marymount University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Meredith College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Middlebury College Shift from test-flexible to ACT/SAT optional for 3-year pilot
Montana State University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, with GPA requirements
Murray State University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission with 3.0 GPA
Northeastern University Students applying for the 2021-22 academic year
Oakland University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Oberlin College 3-year pilot
Purdue University Northwest Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Pomona College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Rensselaer Students applying for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 admission
Rhodes College 3-year pilot
Santa Clara University Students applying for Winter 2021/Fall 2021 admission
Swarthmore College First year students applying for Fall 2021 or Fall 2022
Texas Christian University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Trinity University (Texas) 3-year pilot
Tufts University 3-year pilot
Tulane University Students applying in the fall 2020 and fall 2021
University of California Berkeley Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Davis Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Irvine Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Los Angeles Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Merced Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Riverside Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California San Diego Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Santa Barbara Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of California Santa Cruz Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Cincinnati Students applying for Fall 2021 & Fall 2022 admission
University of Richmond Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Montana Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, with GPA requirements
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Southern California Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
University of Washington Bothell Student applying to any quarter from now through Fall 2021
Virginia Tech Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
Vassar College Students applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Villanova University Students Applying for Fall 2021 admission, then will review
Western Michigan University Students applying for Fall 2021 admission
William and Mary 3-year pilot
Williams College Students Applying for Fall 2021 Admission

Testing Updates

SAT and Subject Tests
UPDATE June 3, 2020:
The College Board released some major news. Here are the big takeaways:

NO ONLINE, AT-HOME SAT: While this had been floated as an option for the fall, the College Board is going to delay it. This is great news, because the experience of AP exams a few weeks ago makes it clear that they aren’t ready yet to do an online test well enough—we don’t want kids to have a stressful experience full of glitches that might call their scores and their hard work into question!

PLENTY OF ROOM FOR FALL SAT: The August SAT has plenty of space left, even in states where it’s likely some test centers will still be closed. The same is true of later tests in fall. Don’t worry—you’ll get a seat when and where you need one.

COLLEGE BOARD WANTS ITS MEMBERS FLEXIBLE: While they—for obvious reasons!—aren’t big fans of test optional policies overall, they’ve taken thee totally unprecedented step of encouraging schools to equally consider students who can’t submit scores due to COVID-19 cancellations, and to take into account that students who do submit scores may not have been able to test as much as they wanted. They’re also encouraging schools to accept scores as late as possible in the admissions cycle: again, this is wonderful news! It gives students more time to test and that College Board is recommending it makes it likely that even more schools will announce flexible policies, deadline changes, etc.

The College Board has canceled the SAT and SAT Subject Test administration that was slated to take place on June 6. It has added a new test on September 26 to its existing roster of fall tests. They will not be administering SAT Subject Tests in September.

Registration for the Fall 2020 SAT opens at the end of May.

Read more SAT Coronavirus Updates


ACT

ACT

Read more ACT coronavirus updates

ACT Section Retesting The ACT insists that it will deliver Section Retesting starting with the September 12 test date. Section Retesting gives students who have already taken a complete ACT the ability to take individual sections instead of the whole test.

We have yet to find a school that is willing and able to administer ACT section retesting. Since it’s available as an online offering only, schools don’t want to take on the additional IT effort and resources. As a student, you’ll see if and where it’s available when you register.

ACT Costs To take an ACT (without Writing) costs $52 (it increases to $55 starting with the September date). To do a single section through ACT’s section retesting costs: $44. Two sections are $48, and three sections are $52.


AP Exams

On April 3, the College Board announced the dates for the new 45-minute, online AP exams. The table on their website shows primary dates for every exam and make-up dates (i.e. secondary dates).

They have provided access to free online AP review courses. Read more AP exam coronavirus updates.


SSAT

The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) extended its deadline for free test changes until July 31.

Read more SSAT coronavirus updates.

 

ISEE

ERB, the administrators of the ISEE assessment, is offering families a secure, online, remotely-proctored option that enables students to take the exam at home. This option is only for those applying to grades 5 – 12 and testing in the U.S. and Canada.

Read more ISEE coronavirus updates.

 

 

COLLEGE RESPONSE

In light of spring test dates being canceled, many colleges have decided to adopt a temporary test-optional policy for applicants from the high school class of 2021. Some have decided to implement longer trial periods of 2-3 years (e.g., Tufts).

To support students and help themselves, colleges are extending deadlines. Over 400 colleges have moved the May 1 decision day deadline back to June 1 for this cycle. Some schools have talked about pushing back early action and early decision application deadlines for the upcoming cycle, but no school has officially announced anything at this point.

In the absence of second-semester grades, colleges will need data to evaluate whether applicants can do the work at their schools. Assuming schools open in September, it is safe to assume that senior fall grades will be more important than ever to an application. Test scores – AP, SAT, and ACT – will also show that students are college-ready.


Our Recommendations

Contact us to discuss a personalized test preparation plan that we will tailor for your student.  If you are a current A-HTS™ client, our Program Director will make a customized recommendation based on your student and our shared history of tutoring sessions and practice tests.

High School Juniors

For juniors who have not taken their first official SAT or ACT.

If your first official SAT was one that was cancelled, we strongly recommend that you register for the August 2020 and September 2020 SAT knowing that you can take it again in October 2020, if needed. For each of these 3 test dates, you will have scores back in time for a November 1, 2020 early decision deadline. For the regular decision deadline you could potentially test in November 2020 or December 2020 (if needed). Registration for these tests will open in May with priority given to students who registered for June 2020 SAT and have not taken an official SAT.

If you are on the ACT path, the June 13, 2020 and July 18, 2020 tests are still on (along with makeup dates of June 20 and July 25, respectively). As all Texas schools schools are closed until the end of this academic year, this has eliminated certain test center locations from the June dates. If you haven’t done so, register for a July test date in case the June ACT is canceled.  We can begin planning your fall testing plan, with the September 2020 ACT as your next opportunity. ACT may add an August test date but no announcement has been made.

Whether you are on an SAT or ACT path, we strongly encourage you to take a full length practice test under realistic conditions soon.  We are offering virtual proctoring online so please call us to set this up for your student. 

A-HTS™ provides practice tests that will establish your student’s baseline score.  Our Program Director develops a detailed score analysis and works with our test preparation team to advise your student how and when to take an official test. 


For juniors who have taken at least one official test.

Our Test Preparation Team we will analyze your student’s score report to devise a personalized test preparation plan.  

For students on an SAT path whose test plan was to retest in June 2020, choose one of the fall dates based on your score goals. We anticipate high demand for all tests in fall 2020 so we encourage you to secure a test date when registration opens in May. Keep in mind that for the November 1, 2020 early decision deadlines, the August 2020, September 2020, or October 2020 SAT dates will get your scores back in time. You could also potentially test in November or December and still meet regular decision deadlines.

If you are on the ACT path, the June 13, 2020 and July 18, 2020 tests are still on (along with makeup dates of June 20 and July 25, respectively). As all Texas schools schools are closed until the end of this academic year, this has eliminated certain test center locations from the June dates. If you haven’t done so, register for a July test date in case the June ACT is canceled.  We can begin planning your fall testing plan, with the September 2020 ACT as your next opportunity. ACT may add an August test date but no announcement has been made.

If your test plan was to SAT retest in the fall, then using one of the other fall dates for SAT Subject Tests can be a good option. We want to emphasize though that taking your final SAT should take precedence over Subject Tests.


 

For AP Exam Prep Support

We have adapted our AP tutoring programs to match the new format as set forth by the College Board. Beginning with a rigorous self-assessment, our expert tutors will customize online sessions to address the most immediate needs of the individual student. Focus will be split between content review and real practice with free-response questions that have appeared on past AP tests. Our engaging tutors work with your student in real-time on shared documents and teach strategies that help break down the free-response tasks into easier, manageable steps. Homework assignments will help bolster key content mastery and familiarity with the new test format. 


 
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