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Students Could Take SAT Exams at Home

June testing has been called off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2020 2:43 AM CDT
Students Could Take SAT Exams at Home
Students who had planned to take the SAT for free in school this spring can instead take it in the fall,officials say.   (Tan Weiwei via AP)

A home version of the SAT college entrance exam is being prepared in case schools remain closed into the fall, College Board officials said Wednesday as they announced the cancellation of June testing. Instead of a paper-and-pencil test given under proctors' supervision, the home version would be digital and rely on "remote proctoring," the AP reports. That could include using the computer’s camera and microphone to monitor movement or talking, College Board President Jeremy Singer says. The rival ACT also will launch an at-home option in late fall or early winter, the exam's administrators said Wednesday. "We would much prefer that schools reopen but we are ready to innovate and deliver in the unlikely case we need to,” College Board Chief Executive David Coleman says.

Coronavirus-related school closures forced the cancellation of spring testing for about 1 million first-time SAT test-takers, the majority of them high school juniors planning to enter college in 2021, College Board officials said. The national June 6 session is the latest to be canceled. The three-hour, multiple choice test measures math and English language arts proficiency. The ACT also has a science component. Most colleges require SAT or ACT exam scores as part of the application process. In response to the coronavirus, California's public universities and several other institutions around the country have made the tests optional for 2021 applicants.

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