What Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Mean for Students?
In light of the recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has cancelled SAT exams in March and May, while the ACT exam date in April has been postponed to June. In addition, the AP program may offer exam options to test at home in May. These unexpected changes may have caused stress, frustrations, and anxiety for many students and parents. We hope the following 3 tips can help calm some nerves and overcome uncertainties while students wait for the next available test date and reroute university preparation timelines.
1. Do not stress! Everything will be OK
With the world at a halt, it is easy to worry and panic. However, rest assured that you are not alone. We are all affected, and we will all get through this. Keep in mind that universities will not penalize students for circumstances beyond their control, similar to that of attending a high school where AP classes are not offered. Therefore, students can expect some changes and flexibility to take place this upcoming application cycle whether it be regarding deadlines or application requirements. While each university will determine its own policy with regards to any changes, remember that universities will do their best to come up with the best solution for all students. At this time, the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) is closely monitoring changes to universities regarding admissions due to the impact of the pandemic.
2. More time = More studying
Now more than ever, students across the nation have more flexibility and free time with their schedule. In addition to using this time to catch up on any missed work or to keep up with schoolwork, students are encouraged to study and prepare for the SAT or ACT. Especially for Juniors, the cancellation of the upcoming SAT and postponing of the ACT has a huge impact on their university preparations. Students are less likely to have a chance to retake the exam at a later time or they might have too short of a time in between exams to see a drastic improvement in scores. The best option to avoid the issue of retaking an exam is to prepare so that the next SAT or ACT score is as strong as it can be. It is the most optimal time to get some extra studying in!
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3. Other ways to thrive
Many students’ academic plans have taken a hit. While it may be a discouraging time for high school students preparing for university applications, it is important to remember that standardized test scores are just one of the many components. At this time, students can use this time to work on other areas to boost their chance of getting into their dream schools. The following are some ways to get ahead and maximize time at home:
– Keep up with schoolwork and do well on online classes, if offered
– Research different universities, majors, and career paths to consolidate interests and future plans
– Consider which teachers could write the letters of recommendation and prepare a brag sheet
– Come up with ways to continue with extracurricular activities even if it is not in person (set up virtual meetings, organize online fundraisers, initiate acts of kindness)
While the repercussions of the pandemic remain uncertain for all, students are encouraged to be creative and proactive. There are still ways to personally develop, make a difference, and plan for the future – all the while staying safe and healthy!