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ACT Testing Changes due to COVID-19

Our Test Prep Teachers have put together a guide to the changes you can expect with the upcoming ACT testing with all of the important information, fact checked and verified, that every student needs to know.

(Check out the SAT Testing Changes page to learn more about how COVID-19 has changed things for the ACT)

Now In One Place: Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 Related Changes to ACT Testings

Taking the ACT (or SAT) is definitely an important part of the college admissions process. Students prepare for each test to know exactly what to expect on test day. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many without any real certainty, and quite a bit of confusion.

Quantum Prep has created this page to help clear up that confusion. Our Test Prep Teachers have put together the important information, fact-checked and verified, that every student needs to know when navigating the logistics of actually taking the test. At the bottom, we have provided links that will take you directly to the primary source for anyone wishing to learn more.

All of the COVID-19 pages on our website are designed to be a “one-stop” resource for every student and family. Instead of trying to find answers by scrolling through one too many social media groups or searching the web for hours (and not everything you might find is truly accurate or factual), use these pages to find the answers you need.

Alongside this ACT Testing Updates (COVID-19) page, use our Ask a Question tool to get even more answers to your specific questions!

Current ACT Testing Updates

Q1: Will students be able to take the ACT this year?
A1: All students will be able to register to take the ACT on the dates released last school year. Additionally, there are non-Saturday test dates in September and October that students may register for, as well as three (3) new nationally dates.

Here is a listed of all of the Fall 2020 ACT Testing Dates:

  • September 12
  • September 13 (Sunday)
  • September 19
  • October 10
  • October 17
  • October 24
  • October 25 (Sunday)
  • December 12

Q2: Where will the test centers be for the ACT?
A2: Instructions on how to find a testing center near you can be found here: http://actstudent.org/regist/centers.html. Some centers may be closed due to COVID-19.

Q3: Will colleges require students to submit any SAT (or ACT) scores as part of this admissions application this upcoming school year?
A3: Many colleges and universities are waiving the testing requirement of the admissions application, oftening citing disparities amongst student in access and ability to take the SAT/ ACT exams. To find out if a school may be waiving a testing requirement for 2021 admissions, check out these online resources: Link to Resource 1. Link to Resource 2.

Q4: What can students do if the ACT testing date that they have registered for is canceled?
A4: They can reschedule their exam for a later testing date or cancel their registration. Check out the ACT’s cancellation page to review the details of the ACT’s cancellation policy, and see what locations have cancellations or are rescheduling testing. 11

Q5: Will students be offered refunded for canceled tests?
A5: Students registering for Fall 2020 tests will be eligible for full refunds due to test center changes and cancellations prior to testing.

Q6: Are there plans to offer an ACT administration during the school day?
A6: Your school must participate in an ACT program called “District Testing” that allows your district to administer the ACT at schools during regular school hours on a weekday.

Q7: Will students be able to take the ACT from home?
A7: Currently, students are not able to take the ACT from home. However, ACT, Inc. has stated that at-home testing may become an option as early as late Fall 2020 or early Winter 2021.

Q8: How long will it take for scores to become available?
A8: Multiple choice scores are normally available within two weeks of taking the test, but ACT, Inc. warns that it may take up to eight weeks. Writing scores are normally available about two weeks after your multiple-choice scores.

Q9: Are fee waivers available for the upcoming testing dates?
A9: Yes, fee waivers are available. For more in-depth information and instructions on how to apply for a fee waiver, download The ACT fee waiver brochure.

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Listing of Primary Resource Links

https://leadershipblog.act.org/2020/06/act-adds-new-fall-2020-national-test.html
https://www.test-guide.com/act-test-dates.html#:~:text=ACT%20Tests%20are%20given%20at,typically%20given%20on%20a%20Saturday
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/04/10/sat-act-2021-coronavirus/
https://leadershipblog.act.org/2020/06/act-adds-new-fall-2020-national-test.html
https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/StateandDistrictTesting.pdf
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores.html#:~:text=Multiple%20choice%20scores%20are%20normally,after%20your%20multiple%2Dchoice%20scores.
https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/FeeWaiver.pdf
https://leadershipblog.act.org/2020/06/act-adds-new-fall-2020-national-test.html
https://www.test-guide.com/act-test-dates.html#:~:text=ACT%20Tests%20are%2
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-day/rescheduled-test-centers.html

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