The big news this week was colleges’ quick change of plans after welcoming students to campus, plus some more standardized testing news.
Following a campus outbreak, Notre Dame is moving to remote instruction for two weeks in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 on campus, warning that it might send students home if the numbers don’t decrease. UNC quickly and abruptly switched to remote learning after hundreds of students tested positive in the first week of classes. Meanwhile, other colleges are testing students twice a week a week in an effort to have a successful fall semester in-person.
In testing news, the August SAT is cancelled for nearly half of students who registered. A statement on the College Board’s website reported that only 54% of locations have said they will be open and some of those are limiting capacity. More locations are likely to close in the coming days.
The good news is that test-optional really does mean test-optional in the midst of a pandemic. The National Association of College Admissions Counseling released a statement in conjunction with colleges and universities across the country that says that students will not be penalized in the application process for an absence of test scores (note: this doesn’t mean scores can’t benefit you!).
Additionally, the NCAA announced they are waiving the testing requirement for initial eligibility for recruited student-athletes.