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What to do if your SAT test has been canceled because of COVID-19

What to do if your SAT test has been canceled because of COVID-19
Posted at 10:21 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 23:21:43-04

It is difficult for many students during a worldwide pandemic. It's even harder, when students are preparing for college and keep running into issues.

Saturday morning, many students and their parents showed up to Annapolis Christian Academy prepared to take their SAT test.

Annapolis Christian Academy provides a testing site, while a College Board administrator is in charge of the students that take the SAT test.

However, at 8 a.m. the doors did not open. One parent, Inna Klein, who is also the 214th District Nueces County Judge, called the College Board to find out if the testing was still taking place.

During her phone call, Klein found out the testing site canceled the SAT test. Irate, Klein took to Facebook because she was unaware of the changes.

"I didn’t get any sense of I’m sorry we’re trying to work with the pandemic," Klein said. "It was more like well, you received notice because we published it on our website."

Klein said she feels bad for the students who prepare for this testing opportunity and have to register again and wait for an available testing date.

She said she did receive her refund, but never received an email notifying her of the cancellation.

KRIS 6 reached out to a college consultant who said, she had seen this happen many times before.

"I heard horror stories of people flying to other states to try to test," said Lisa Spivey from Spivey College Consulting

Spivey said with the numerous cancellations and issues with standardized test taking during the pandemic, many colleges are making these tests optional.

"All the Texas schools are test-optional this year, they’re also gonna be test-optional with merit scholarships as well," Spivey said.

A few of Spivey's tips for students:

1. Reach out to high School counselors, as some high schools offer SAT test-taking.
2. Find out what the requirements are for the preferred college.
3. If an SAT is not required, the student should outsell themselves on applications. Mention accolades, accomplishments, extra-curricular activities, etc.

When KRIS 6 contacted the College Board, they said: "We sent email notifications to students on 9/21 and also texted students who opted in to receive texts."

Klein did register for a new testing site in November.

To find more information about testing sites through College Board, you can go here.