SAT/ACT/AP Testing Information 2020
Will juniors be taking an SAT test this school year sponsored by the State of Illinois?
No. The Federal Government requirement for school accountability testing by the state has been waived for this year. The April SAT test benefitted students because they could use the test score for college admissions, but it was part of the State's accountability system. Because this year these tests will no longer be available to juniors across the state, it is important for students in the Class of 2021 to sign up early to take a summer ACT or SAT.
Why Should I Take the National SAT / ACT?
- The SAT and ACT are admission tests accepted by all U.S. colleges, and each has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education.
- Income-eligible SAT and ACT test-takers receive fee waivers (please contact your counselor).
- All students can opt into Student Search Service to receive free information about admission and financial aid from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs.
When should I take the test?
You should take the test before the start of your senior year so that you receive your scores in order to meet early deadline requirements for all colleges’ admission dates. You may retake the SAT/ACT.
How Do I Sign up for a National SAT / ACT Test?
SAT National Test Dates
- The June 6, 2020 adminstration has been cancelled.
- SAT administrations will be offered every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
- Register at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register.
ACT National Test Date - June 13, 2020
- Register at www.actstudent.org by May 8, 2020 to avoid late fees.
- Testing Site - LTHS East Campus
How can I practice for the SAT or ACT tests?
SAT test prep is available through Khan Academy.
- Free practice at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
- Log into your CollegeBoard account (or register for a free account), upload any previous test scores you have for individualized practice.
- Free practice SAT are available.
- 20 hours of practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average 115-point score increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, nearly double the average gain without Khan.
- How to link test scores to Khan Academy
ACT test prep is available through ACT Academy.
- Free practice at https://academy.act.org/
- ACT Academy™ is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help you get the best score possible on the ACT test, and well on your way to college and career success.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
- Please email your counselor with additional SAT / ACT test prep questions.
- All ACT and SAT registration is handled directly through the testing companies. For additional test registration questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please allow 24 hours for a response.
AP Testing Information 2020
The College Board AP Program advertises that “colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn.”
How will the format for the 2020 exams be different than in the past?
- Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
- Students will complete 1-2 free response questions (depending on the course) while World Language students will submit an oral response.
- Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
- The College Board has developed a new exam schedule, and tests will be adminstered from home May 11th-May22nd. There will be a late testing period June 1st-5th in case of issues or other conflicts.
- Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
- There will be a reduced exam scope: Scroll to the chart at the bottom of this website for up-to-date information on what units the AP exam will test for each course
Will I receive college credit for getting an acceptable score on this new version of the AP test?
Board AP Program affirms that "colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn."
Use this link to explore any university's credit policy for any AP course.
What do I do if I would like to forgo the exam and get a refund?
- While The College Board encourages students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
- A full refund (no cancellation fees) will be processed when you request one through your Total Registration account.
How will The College Board ensure test security?
The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating. The College Board uses a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program.
Will accommodations be provided?
The College Board is aware of students who have been approved for and are entitled to accommodations such as extended time. The College Board has committed to providing accommodations for at-home exams.
What reviews and resources are available?
- In addition to remote instruction and support provided by Lockport’s AP teachers, the College Board is also making comprehensive online resources available for student use.
- Free AP Review Classes: Click here for the schedule of free review sessions
- Advanced Placement's YouTube Channel
- The College Board is committed to providing assistance to all students. If you are concerned about access to mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to the College Board by filling out this form.
Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
- Continue to maintain contact with your AP teacher(s) for instructional support and virtual lessons.
- Please email Tammy Gallagher (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns about AP Testing.
- An online webinar to entertain student questions and reiterate the importance of test security will be held.