Traveling for the SAT?

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The official SAT study guide (2020 edition). Photo Credit: Isabella Scafidi

With spring testing dates for the SAT fast approaching, more and more students are having to travel far distances in order to take their standardized tests.

Check out a list of test dates and other important testing information for the rest of 2020-2021 school year on College Boards website. (College Board)

As the Franklin High School administration mentioned earlier in the year, FHS will not be an available test center for students to take the SAT. As a result, juniors have resorted to traveling to other towns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and even Connecticut to take the assessment. 

But is all of this trouble even worth it?

With the immense disruption the Coronavirus has had on everyday life this past year, most colleges have switched to a test optional method in their application process to accommodate the inconveniences, giving each applicant an option to submit or not submit their test scores for review.  

Amanda Wylie, a junior at FHS who took the SAT in Stonington, CT, believes it was worth it and goes on to explain that, in her opinion, “submitting a score with your college application is always better than not submitting a score. Test optional does not mean test blind.”

“I was originally signed up to take the test in Pawtucket, RI, which is a lot closer, but the test center closed because of COVID, and the next closest place that was still open was in Stonington, CT. I had practiced a lot and was feeling ready; I didn’t want to waste that, so I decided to sign up anyways” she went on to say. 

With testing locations now having to conform to social distance and public health guidelines, many centers have reduced the capacity of students who are allowed to come in and take the test. Thus, making it more difficult this year for students to secure a spot in the location of their choice who have not signed up months in advance. 

The prevalence of COVID-19 has also left testing centers susceptible to closures and cancellations. If the test center you have signed up for has closed, you will be notified by the College Board as soon as possible to change any of your previous arrangements.

For more information on SAT registration, visit the College Board website. Leaning towards the ACT? Check out their website as well!