Information for Counselors
The AP Program is prepared to meet schools and students where they are this year. We’re committed to providing free, ongoing support, resources, and learning opportunities so all students can earn college credit and placement.
AP will support in-school testing in 2021 because administering exams in schools maximizes access and opportunity, and we’ll provide a contingency testing option—that contains full course content—if school buildings close for safety concerns.
If students register for AP Exams by November 13, AP will waive the $40 cancellation or unused exam fee so all students can register with confidence.
For the latest information on AP in the 2020-21 school year, visit our AP School Year Support page.
Resources for You
As you help your school community navigate this unprecedented school year, the resources below are available to assist you in your AP conversations.
Communications Kit for Counselors
This kit provides counselors with ready-made communications and graphics that they can use to communicate with and support their school communities.
AP Support for Your Students in 2020-21
A summary of new supports and resources designed to help students learn and track their progress, whether they are in an online, hybrid/blended, or in-person classroom this year.
Additional Resources for School Staff and Students
AP Coordinators: AP coordinators assume primary responsibility for organizing and administering the AP programs at their schools. They also manage the ordering, receipt, distribution, administration, and return of AP Exam materials—making sure millions of students worldwide receive their AP scores. AP Coordinators in your school should visit the AP Coordinator page on AP Central for resources, professional learning opportunities, and AP updates.
AP Teachers: Whether your teachers are leading a class in person, online, or in combination, AP is providing them with free, flexible online resources that support instruction every day and throughout the year. We encourage teachers to learn more about AP Classroom and the newly launched AP Daily -- a series of on-demand, short videos covering all content and skills – here.
AP Students: Your students have access to a variety of resources designed to help them succeed in AP. Make sure they visit the AP Students resource page to the tools they need for their courses.
Information for Counselors
SAT Suite of Assessments
Our shared top priorities with educators are everyone's health and safety. We remain committed to providing information and resources regularly to help you navigate this challenging year.
There is limited testing capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions and high demand. While College Board can't directly control test center capacity and availability, we're working to ensure as many students as possible are able to test safely.
College Board is providing weekend SAT or SAT Subject Test administrations every month through the end of the calendar year. Local schools and test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow College Board requirements:
- All students and staff are required to wear a mask or protective face covering during an SAT administration. Students won't be allowed in the test center without a mask, which is required for the duration of testing.
- Students must be seated at least 6 feet apart during testing.
- Students must confirm a series of statements (more below) prior to entering the test center or testing room.
- Students who violate the requirements put in place by their test center or College Board should be dismissed from the test center; if this happens their scores will be canceled and they won't receive a refund.
If a test center decides to close, students will receive direct notification from College Board, though there may be a delay between the test center closing and the email notification. We also recommend students check directly with the test center, including the test center’s website, on the morning of the test.
Please know that colleges understand that there are limited opportunities for students to take a college entrance exam due to covid-19. Most colleges are not requiring a test score for the upcoming admissions cycle. While almost all still accept scores, most are rightfully being flexible for students who submit scores later or who did not have a chance to test more than once. Please check the college’s website for the most updated information on their application requirements.
You and your students can get the latest SAT test center capacity updates here.
Track test center closures here.
View our upcoming SAT administration dates.
In-School Assessments (SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 8/9)
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, 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.
We have revised some of the original test dates and added new administrations to provide more testing options on different days of the week.
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Saturday, October 17, 2020
- Thursday, October 29, 2020 (Revised, originally October 28)
- *NEW Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (Only added for the 2020–21 school year)
*The January administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
SAT School Day Dates:
- October 14, 2020
- Makeup – October 27, 2020 (Revised, originally October 28)
Flexible Testing Options
Based on feedback from educators, we adjusted our policies to provide schools more flexibility when administering tests and to adhere to safety and social distancing guidelines:
- Options to test across multiple dates
- Off-site testing
- Flexible start times
- No charge for unused tests
For detailed information, visit sat.org/covid19.
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.