The SAT scheduled for June 6 has been canceled due to the spread of Covid-19, administrators of the college entrance exam announced Wednesday.
Officials with the College Board, which owns the test, rolled out plans, however, to ensure there are other opportunities to take the exam, which has long been a rite of passage for high school juniors considering college.
As long as the new coronavirus doesn't further derail the schedule, the SAT will be administered once a month through the end of the year starting Aug. 29. Other scheduled dates include Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. Another is being planned for September.
The College Board estimates as many as one million students missed out on taking the SAT for the first time this spring due to test cancellations, which included one at the end of March and one in May.
“We know students and educators are worried about how the coronavirus may disrupt the college admissions process, and we want to do all we can to help alleviate that anxiety during this very demanding time,” David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, said during a conference call on Wednesday. “Our first principle with the SAT and all our work must be to keep families and students safe. The second principle is to make the SAT as widely available as possible for students who wish to test, regardless of the economic or public health circumstances.”
In the event schools do not reopen by the fall, the College Board expects to provide a digital SAT for home use that is secure and fair, accessible to all and valid for use in college admissions.