3 years ago
Admissions Advice

SAT Cancelled


My SAT got canceled twice because of the pandemic so I've been unable to take it. Will this harm my college app in any way? Is there a way I can tell my admission officers that it got canceled twice? If it doesn't harm my application, then should I still give the August SAT?

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3 years ago

If you are applying through the Common App, there should be an optional question to explain how covid has impacted your application. According to the Common App website, the question is worded as follows:

Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.

Do you wish to share anything on this topic? Y/N

Please use this space to describe how these events have impacted you.

You could use this space to explain that your test was cancelled twice. Assuming that the schools you are applying to are test optional (or test blind), it usually will benefit you to take the test. If your score is lower than you would like, you can apply test optional. If the score is in the range, you can submit the score. As a side note, there are a small handful of schools that require you to submit all tests taken, so they would still see a lower score.

3 years ago

Many schools are now test-optional.

However, you should note that based on statistics, students with test scores are more likely to get admission and scholarships (for the most part, especially competitive schools). You should really consider sending a test score to increase your chances of admission.

3 years ago

Hi Karim! Many schools have gone test-optional due to the pandemic (https://www.sparkadmissions.com/blog/what-colleges-and-universities-will-be-test-optional-in-2021-2022/), so admission officers are aware of the spike of SAT cancellations. It will not harm your application if you don't submit your scores to these schools, but you should still consider taking it if you feel that it will boost your application. Good luck!

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