• Wissal Boudaoud

Standardized Testing Changes due to COVID-19

College Board has announced that the 2021 AP exams will have multiple test options. There will be three administrations:

  1. Administration 1: May 3–7, 10–12, 14, and 17 In School: Traditional, full-length paper and pencil exams, administered in school, for all subjects.

  2. Administration 2: May 18–21, 24–28 In School and At Home: Half of the subjects are paper and pencil, administered in school, and half are full-length digital exams, administered in school or taken at home due to coronavirus precautions.

  3. Administration 3: June 1–4, 7–11 In School and At Home: Most subjects are full-length digital exams only, administered in school or taken at home due to coronavirus precautions.

Students do not have to just choose one option, but can have mixed testing dates and mixed testing options. For example, a student can take the AP Calculus exam in school on paper and the AP government exam online, at home. Administration 2 and 3 exam dates can be used as makeup dates. For more information, click the first link below. For the 2021 exam schedule, click the second link.

  1. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap-2021/updates

  2. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/exam-administration-ordering-scores/exam-dates?SFMC_cid=EM439162-&rid=47113051

With regard to the ACT and SAT, most schools went test optional for the senior Class of 2021. As the pandemic continues, many colleges, such as Ivy League schools Columbia and Harvard, have decided to go test optional for the Class of 2022, as well. Some colleges have even decided on permanently becoming test optional going forward. For more information and a list of schools that are currently going to be test optional for the senior Class of 2022, click the link below.