Although many schools debate admissions requirements and whether the SAT is a valid predictor of future college success, the College Board announced on Wednesday that if school does not resume in fall, students will be able to take the test at home. Some schools have dropped the SAT requirement or waived it for next year, but not all. With the in home SAT administration, there will be a new digital format and the College Board is working on security measures to eliminate cheating such as locking the entire computer in which the students test as well as using the camera and microphone to record any noise/movement. This will only happen if schools do not reopen as normal in the Fall. If they do then students will be required to take the SAT at test centers. Another concern is that not all students have equal access to internet so the College Board would like to provide WI-FI hot spots to ensure all students who desire to take the SAT are able to.
The SAT would be offered at least one weekend a month beginning in August. In May students can registrar for the August, September and October tests with first priority given to students graduating in 2021. Since many schools allow students to take the SAT free in May during the school day and cannot this school year, the College Board plans to make up that test in the Fall. Better to be prepared than miss out on being accepted to a college that does require the SAT.