Most of the changes that COVID-19 has caused seemed unfathomable a couple of months ago. We certainly never could’ve predicted schools, malls, restaurants – everything! – shutting down completely, with no certain reopening date. Now, there’s yet another, “Is this really happening?” thing to add to that list. Today, the ACT announced it will offer test-at-home options beginning in late fall or early winter 2020, as well as flexible summer scheduling. So, let’s talk about what you need to know.
First, the canceled April 4th ACT has been moved to June 13th, and there will also be a national test date on July 18th. Plus, if a test center is not open on any of the scheduled test dates, they are providing make up test dates a week later (June 20th and July 25th, respectively). Per the ACT’s official website, “We are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for students to take the ACT test, particularly now as other admission information, such as grades, courses, and GPAs, may be missing or partial.” Of course, these summer test dates are contingent on the ever-changing CDC and local guidelines, so nothing is written in stone. They will also continue to make announcements regarding any testing site changes if necessary.
But of course, they most radical change that the ACT is implementing because of this pandemic is the addition of the ACT Test-At-Home options. While there isn’t much information available yet, we do know that this will become available beginning in either the late fall or early winter of 2020. Students will be able to do the ACT Test-At-Home option using a remote proctoring system. There will be more information and updates available in the coming weeks, so we strongly advise you to give [ACT Student] a follow on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
These aren’t the only changes coming to the ACT. As we shared in an earlier blog post, section retesting will become available come September, meaning students can retake only certain sections of the ACT without retaking the entire test. As it stood, section retesting will be available via the online testing system being implemented at designated testing centers. Perhaps eventually the section retesting will be offered in the Test-At-Home format… but like seemingly everything else, that’s all up in the air right now.
While you might not be able to completely control where and when you wind up taking the ACT, you can control how prepared you are when that day comes. The Enrichery’s test prep program offers one-on-one guidance that is tailored to you, including unlimited mock tests, performance tracking, and a focus on strategy and results. Additionally, our brand new ACT/SAT Basics course positions 9th and 10th graders for success on these tests by working on math fundamentals, reading comprehension, and grammar basics. Send us a message, contact us on Facebook, or give us a call today to chat with our incredible coaches and craft a roadmap for testing success.