Due to the coronavirus and widespread quarantine, SAT exams in both March and May have been cancelled, with the June SAT still scheduled but open to change. This has led to many students in Y12 / G11 to wonder: what happens if I can’t take the SAT?
Already, many students have lost their chance to take the SAT twice, and three times is out of the question, even though students in the past have chosen to take it that many times. This seems unfair, as their chances to get into university seem to be steadily declining: their SAT score might not be as good as if multiple repeats were an option, and it looks like for some students, they won’t have the opportunity to take the test at all.
So what have universities done?* So far, there has been very little action - although Boston University has already opted to waive its SAT requirement for the class of 2021, other universities have not yet spoken up. Do not lose hope, however: some American universities do not require the SAT at all as part of long standing policies - examples include Tufts University and University of Chicago.
Our advice? If you can, take the SAT - even if universities decide to waive their requirements, a high SAT score will boost your chances. The nearest option for this is the June SAT. If, under tragic circumstances, this test date is cancelled, we predict that more universities will be forced to waive their SAT requirements, given the number of applicants who will not have had a chance to take it.
Remember, you are in the same position as students all over the world - universities will have to adapt for you, to give everyone a fair chance. All the luck in your tests, and stay positive!
(*Want to increase universities' chances of dropping their SAT requirements? Join the #TestOptionalNOW movement of students advocating for universities to make the SAT option. Other than that, there's nothing much to be done.)