Information for Counselors
As schools continue to navigate uncertainties due to the coronavirus, the top priorities for College Board are the health and safety of students and educators.
There is limited testing capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions and high demand. While the College Board cannot directly control test center capacity and availability, we're working to ensure as many students as possible are able to test safely. Visit our coronavirus page for more information on College Board requirements CDC guidelines.
Test centers may close before the administration. We are asking test centers to report closures to the College Board as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day. We also recommend students check directly with the test center, including the test center's website, on the morning of the test.
Below you’ll find key information and resources to support your work with students:
- All upcoming SAT dates are posted on our registration page. For more information, including details and FAQs, visit our SAT updates page
- You and your students can visit our capacity page for the latest information on test center availability.
- If your school is interested in providing students with the opportunity to take the SAT, visit our Becoming a Test Center page to sign up.
- College Board is adding a School Day administration on September 23. Schools can administer the SAT to their students on a school day on both September 23 and October 14. Interested in administering School Day at your school? Click here to learn more.
- Encourage your fee waiver eligible students, especially those in the class of 2021 without a test score, to register now for fall SAT administrations. Students who used a fee waiver for a canceled spring assessment can apply that waiver to a new SAT administration by calling College Board customer service, 800-SAT-HELP. To learn more, visit our fee waiver page.
In School Assessments: PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT School Day
We know that states, districts, and schools are currently discussing how to safely open schools and may face last-minute closures. To make it easier for schools to meet health guidelines and requirements, the College Board is offering flexibility with administration dates and has adapted policies and procedures to support schools in administering SAT® School Day, PSAT/NMSQT®, or PSAT™ 8/9 this fall.
Revised Test Dates
We have revised some of the original test dates to provide testing options on different days of the week:
PSAT/NMSQT: The alternate test date is now on Thursday, October 29.
- Primary date: Wednesday, October 14
- Saturday date: Saturday, October 17
- Alternate test date (Revised): Thursday, October 29
For the PSAT/NMSQT, schools can administer the test on one or across multiple available test dates: October 14, October 17, and October 29.
SAT School Day: The makeup test date is now on Tuesday, October 27.
- Primary dates:
- Wednesday, September 23 (Added for fall 2020 only)
- Wednesday, October 14
- Makeup test date (Revised): Tuesday, October 27
Flexible Testing Options
After hearing feedback from educators on what support they need to successfully administer tests this fall, we adjusted our policies to provide schools more flexibility when administering tests and adhere to safety and social distancing guidelines:
- Options to test across multiple dates: Schools can take advantage of multiple test administration dates to reduce the number of students reporting to school on a single test date for both PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day. This flexibility already exists for PSAT 8/9.
- Off-site testing: Schools no longer need to submit an off-site plan for approval for administering tests off-site. For SAT School Day, schools simply select the sites they want to use and order materials for those sites. This flexibility already exists for administering the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9.
- Flexible start times: For SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9, schools can start testing earlier and/or later than usual and split their students into different testing groups on a single day. All testing must start before the first group to test completes testing.
- No charge for unused tests: Schools will not be charged test fees if they are unable to administer SAT School Day, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT/NMSQT this fall. We understand the decision to test may not be made until closer to the administration dates; please adjust your test book volumes the best you can by the ordering deadlines (August 25 for September SAT School Day and September 16 for October tests).
For more details about fall testing, visit our SAT and PSAT Related Assessments coronavirus updates page.
Click here for all College Board program updates related to coronavirus.
College Board is committed to giving you and your students a positive testing experience. We will continue to provide detailed updates for schools and districts, as well as professional learning opportunities, webinars, and other resources in the coming weeks and months.
Information for Counselors
The Gist: We reached out to AP students and they overwhelmingly told us they remain eager to take AP Exams. To give students the opportunity to earn college credit and/or placement through their AP score, we’ve made changes to AP Exam dates and format to allow students to test from home. For the 2019-20 AP Exam administration only, we developed secure 45-minute online exams for each course. Exams were given from May 11–22, makeup test dates were available for each subject from June 1–5, and the exception testing window is June 22- 30.
Take action✓ Inform your students and parents of the changes to AP classes and exams
✓ Help your students prepare for at-home AP Exams
✓ Ensure students take their makeup exams
✓ Share these tips to avoid problems on exam day
✓ Review the exception testing exam schedule and eligibility conditions
✓ Encourage your students to take advantage of their free score send by June 30
✓ Get the 2020 AP Exam Participation Data
Key Resources for Counselors
AP 2020 Exams: Supporting SSD/Accommodations Quick Reference
AP 2020 Exams: Five Steps to Take Before the Exam
AP 2020 Exams Overview for Counselors
Outlines the most important information for counselors—from preparation to exam logistics, fees/waivers, and scoring.
Top 10 Things Counselors Should Know to Support Students Preparing for 2020 AP Exams
Be ready to support your students’ preparation for their at-home AP Exams.
Use these customizable email and social media messages to inform parents and students.
Overview Presentation: AP Exams at Home - PDF
Let your students and parents know about changes to the AP Exam process.