The Effect of COVID on Three Letter Tests

For most of the world, three letters don’t decide their future, but students see their future through three letters. These letters are SAT, ACT, and GPA. Due to the Corona Virus, all three have been affected. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the SAT and the ACT. The SAT and ACT are two standardized tests that students take and send to college as a part of their application. Now that Stay-At-Home orders have been given, and Social Distancing is in effect, both have had to cancel their upcoming test dates. College Board canceled SAT exams in May and June so far, while ACT has canceled the April exam, but still has the June exam available for students to register for. To counter this, some schools like Oregon and Colgate have gone test-optional for students a part of the 2020-2021 graduating class, but this isn’t something all colleges are doing. One theory is that colleges will extend the application deadline, but still require tests. There is also that the reality that colleges may ask for whatever scores you already possess. It is ironic that a five-letter virus COVID has students worried about a five-word phrase that is life-changing for many, “Congratulations, you have been accepted.”