Important Updates and Announcements
- Registration for fall SAT administrations opens on May 28, 2020. More information including FAQs and information for students is now available. MORE
- Through the two-week testing period, AP students completed 4.2 million exams.MORE
- We have a very strong pool of juniors for 2021 recruitment in Search and this week we also shared a unique free file of students who indicated they wanted to send their score to an institution as part of a cancelled SAT registration.MORE
What You Need to Know About AP
- This year all AP Exams were delivered digitally and through the two-week testing period, AP students completed 4.2 million exams. The AP Exam was developed in close consultation with higher ed faculty, and students with a passing score on an AP Exam will have the skills necessary to succeed in subsequent coursework in the discipline.
- As usual, students’ work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP readers and reported on a 1–5 scale.We’re working to release scores as close to the usual July time frame as possible.
- In this tumultuous year, we recommend institutions honor the same AP credit and placement policies they already have in place and publish this commitment on their website. Since our March 20 announcement on the online exams, multiple states, systems, and institutions have announced they will continue to award credit in 2020 based on their existing policies.
- We offered optional free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work schools may continue to assign. The courses have been viewed more than 7.4 million times since they launched.
What You Need to Know About SAT
- Fall SAT Registration Opens 5/28 for Priority Groups – we will prioritize students who haven’t had a chance to test for August, September, and October SAT.
- We are communicating with all students – all students will be able to register on June 3rd and we have examples of what we’re sending students via email, web, and blog posts. We’ll also be providing updates on capacity via email and social media through the summer.
- We are continuing to work to expand capacity – we are adding test centers and adding seats at existing centers. We’ve already added a September administration and confirmed nearly all states and districts will offer a fall school day administration.
- We Need Your Help: We’re calling on our partners in higher education to become test centers. Learn more and sign up today.
- We will not administer the SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020.
- In the unlikely event that schools do not reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use.
What You Need to Know About College Board Search
- We already have a very strong Search pool for 2021 recruitment due to the reach of the PSAT/NMSQT given last year.
- The senior pool (2.5M) is comparable to past years. The junior pool (2M) is close (93%) to past years and continues to grow every week as we see students who had previously taken PSAT/NMSQT update their preferences so their information becomes available in Search.
- We have made available 3 free files of students who opted in to Search. They contain names of students who have opted into Search and are available for you to contact today. All files can be accessed in “My Searches, Orders, & Files” within College Board Search.
- More information will be coming – We are examining innovative approaches to link students to college, including scholarships and new outreach opportunities.
What You Need to Know About Financial Aid
- Our financial aid services are operational and ready to serve institutions and students.
- Covid-19 resources for aid professionals, including professional judgment tip sheets and PowerFAIDS covid-19 operational supports, are available online.
- We have developed suites of resources for CSS Profile and PowerFAIDS users.
- We will continue to engage financial aid professionals to gather input on how we can be most helpful during this challenging time.
- We are monitoring legislation and guidance from the Department of Education closely to ensure all systems, including PowerFAIDS, respond and deliver related updates in a timely fashion.
Key Resources for Higher Education
Template Material for Communicating AP Credit and Placement Policies
Template materials to help make your institution’s credit options transparent to prospective incoming students and their families.
Communicating Test-Flexible Admissions Policies to Prospective Applicants
How Our Members Are Communicating to Students in Light of the Coronavirus
Early Considerations and Guidance for Enrollment Leaders
Admissions-Flexible in the Time of Coronavirus: Guidance on Communicating and Planning for Effective Decision Making in a New and Altered Environment
Communicating Reassurance to Prospective Applicants in Light of COVID-19
Examples of how College Board members are communicating to students and families
AP 2020 Exam Updates
Frequently asked questions from higher education on changes to the AP program including the format of the digital assessment, validity, and test security.
Tip Sheet: COVID-19 Resources for Financial Aid Professionals
Information on using professional judgement for financial aid professionals reviewing aid applications from families affected by the coronavirus epidemic.