SAT and ACT Cancellations

As you likely already know, both the ACT and SAT have had numerous cancellations recently due to Covid and the West Coast wildfires. These will definitely postpone your test plans, especially if you are a senior (Class of ’21).

The colleges know these situations have affected a lot of students. Since they still want you to apply, they are more than likely to postpone their application deadlines and/or their test deadlines. Even before 2020, the UC and Cal-State system allowed a December SAT despite the application deadline of November 30th. This is the biggest secret for California students. Please check this out on your own to confirm.

So, be of good cheer! Almost all schools still want students to apply. They are aware that, at least for students taking the SAT in California, the August, September, and October tests have been cancelled at most testing sites.

Already, many schools are SAT (read: test) optional for the class of ’21. For those of you taking the SAT, you will likely hear that schools will allow a later test date than usual. Please read this from College Board, the makers of the SAT.

For more information, you can stay tuned to further blog posts here. In case you want to keep completely updated, you ought to join the New York Times Coronavirus Schools Briefing. This provides the most up to date information on national education news. For you, specifically, it will keep on top of information about the SAT, ACT, and college admissions.

Good luck and keep the faith!


By Martin

Martin McSweeney is a National Merit Finalist, Pomona College Graduate, and member of MENSA. He has worked at the Center for Talented Youth (Loyola Marymount University campus); Upward Bound (Harvey Mudd campus); various test prep companies; and Whittier High School. Now, Martin helps students of all abilities improve their relationship with math.