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College Planning in the Time of Covid-19

So. Here we are. Yikes. As a parent of elementary school students, I am experiencing a new normal that is way outside of my comfort zone. Homeschooling is clearly not my strong suit. We’re getting by and I hope you are too!


I can say with a great deal of certainty, the Class of 2020 is the first graduating class I have had to guide through the college decision-making process during a pandemic. We’re all learning as we go. During this time, it is very important for students to look forward to what comes next and try not to spend too much time worrying about what they can’t control. Easier said than done. I know.


The following information will (hopefully) help you feel a little more in control. Knowledge is power!


SAT and AP TESTS: The College Board, which administers the SAT and AP tests, is continually updating its list of test center closings and location changes for both US and international sites.


·SAT: The SAT for May 2 has been canceled. Makeup exams scheduled for March 28 are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds.


·AP: On March 20, AP announced they will be offering AP exams on two separates dates and students will take the exams from home. For more information, please visit: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update


ACT TESTS: ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT with instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Please check the ACT website for updates.


COLLEGE INFORMATION + VIRTUAL TOURS:

As a service to students and families, NACAC has created an online tool that is a central resource on changes to the college admission process due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tool includes information from colleges and universities nationwide on campus closures, deposit deadlines, and other admission-related changes. The tool updates automatically in real-time as we receive input from postsecondary institutions: nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus


VIRTUAL TOURS:

A campus tour is an important part of the college admissions process. Tours help students know if a school is a good fit and demonstrate student interest. Obviously, tours aren't possible right now. What to do?


Many colleges and universities have virtual tours on their websites. They aren't as good as the real thing, but sometimes we have to sacrifice. Here are a few other links to virtual tours:

· www.campustours.com

· www.youvisit.com

· www.campusreel.org






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