Live Updates: Effects of COVID-19 on Standardized Testing

Live Updates: Effects of COVID-19 on Standardized Testing

Rachel on March 17, 2020

Magoosh will update this post as more information becomes available.
Latest update: April 6, 2020

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the globe, it has already impacted nearly all of our professional and personal plans.

To slow the spread of this pandemic, it is vital that we follow CDC guidelines and best practices. These include social distancing, which involves increasing the physical distance between people to a minimum of six feet.

This recommendation has led to the cancellation of many public events—including the administration of standardized tests.

So what should you do if you have a test coming up?

 

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Understanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Your Test

If you and your loved ones are doing well—and we certainly hope that this is the case—this might be a good time for you to fit in some extra studying. But don’t feel bad if you’re not in the position to do so right now—it’s important to take care of your physical and mental well-being first.

If you’re wondering what to do about the logistics of your exam, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Was it canceled? If it was:
    • How do you get a refund?
    • How do you reschedule?
    • Can you take it at home?
  2. Was it postponed? If it was:
    • How do you reschedule?
  3. How does this affect application deadlines for college and grad school?

What is the status of your exam? Official Test-Maker Responses

  • To find out the latest on exam-wide cancellations and postponements, check the test-maker’s official response on their website:
  • To learn more about your already scheduled test, reach out to your testing center (if applicable).
  • To learn more about application deadlines and decision dates, reach out directly to university admissions departments (expect delayed responses).

What We Currently Know

College Admissions Tests (SAT/ACT)

SAT

The SAT has canceled the May 2, 2020 SAT administration, as well as make-up exams for the March 14, 2020 exam. Students will be refunded for those tests. This means that the next time students can take the SAT is on June 6th (for U.S. students) or August 29th (for international students).

If you were planning to take the March 14 SAT but found it was canceled in your area (this was not widespread but happened in both Washington and New York states), the College Board will refund your registration fee.

>> Watch: How to Navigate COVID-19 SAT Cancelations

ACT

The ACT has rescheduled its April 4, 2020 test date for June 13th (for U.S. students) or June 12th or 13th (for international students). If you were registered for the April test date, you’ll receive an email about this change, as well as explanations for how to reschedule your exam for June or later. The ACT will also be held on July 18th.

>> Watch: How to Navigate COVID-19 ACT Cancelations

College Admissions Updates

The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) created College Admission Status Update,” a database of colleges that changed their admission process due to COVID-19. Search by institution name for updates.

The University of California suspended SAT/ACT test requirements for 2021 applicants. This change applies to all nine campuses for one year only. We expect some other universities to follow suit. Please refer to specific university websites for updates.

>> Read: How COVID-19 Impacts College Admissions and Applications

>> Watch: How COVID-19 Affects College Admissions Requirements
 

GRE

Most GRE exams, including all computer-based GRE testing done by Prometric test centers, have been suspended around the globe. Check your email and GRE account online for specific information about your exam.

You can reschedule your GRE exam free of charge IF you reschedule via live chat, email (gre-info@ets.org), or phone (1-866-473-4373).If you reschedule by yourself online, you will incur a rescheduling fee (don’t do this!).

>> As of Monday, March 23rd, students can register to take the GRE General Test online at home. This is a temporary solution with limited availability. Find out if you’re eligible and register here.

>> For more GRE-specific information: GRE/GMAT Testing Center Status and Postponements

Note that some programs are waiving GRE exam requirements for 2021 applicants. This isn’t widespread, so check with your specific program for updates.
 

GMAT

All GMAT exams at US and Canadian Pearson VUE centers have been suspended until further notice. If you have a GMAT scheduled outside of the US/Canada, you can check the status of your exam here.

If your exam has been affected, it will be either rescheduled or canceled, with fees waived. You will receive notifications via email, and the organization asks that you do not try to reschedule or cancel your appointment online but instead contact customer service.

>> GMAC is in the process of launching a proctored, at-home GMAT exam that can be taken online by students outside of mainland China. This option will become available in mid-April.

The online GMAT exam will not include an AWA section, but will otherwise have the same format, timing, and scoring as the traditional GMAT. GMAC plans to offer this interim exam at a lower price than the current GMAT. We expect more official information to be released soon.

>> For more GMAT-specific information: GRE/GMAT Testing Center Status and Postponements

Note that some programs are waiving GMAT exam requirements for 2021 applicants. This isn’t widespread, so check with your specific program for updates.

 

IELTS

IELTS has announced that testing will continue in the “vast majority of locations.” However, they have an extensive list of areas where the exam is canceled, so be sure to check. Contact your local test center with questions.

If your exam is not suspended, you are able to bring in and wear a mask, hands should be washed upon arrival, test report forms will be received by mail, and IELTS partners are offering free support material for affected test takers.

>> Wondering what to do now that your IELTS study plans have been disrupted? Magoosh IELTS Expert, Eliot Friesen, offers his advice.
 

TOEFL

Most TOEFL exams have been canceled. Check both your email and your TOEFL account online for more information about your specific exam.

As of April 2, 2020, ETS is offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. This TOEFL exam that is identical to the TOEFL iBT that you’d encounter at a testing center, but that can be taken at home using ProcturU.

This at-home test is available everywhere except Mainland China and Iran. Find out if you’re eligible to take the at-home TOEFL. If you are, you can register with ETS here.

>> Wondering what to do now that your TOEFL study plans have been disrupted? Magoosh TOEFL Expert, David Recine, offers his advice.
 

LSAT

The March administration of the LSAT has been canceled. If you were planning to take this test in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, you have been automatically registered for the exam on April 25. However, this exam may also be canceled. The LSAC will announce their final decision by April 10 at the latest.

If you were registered to take the March or April LSAT, you may now review and restore your previously canceled LSAT scores.

If you were planning to take the exam elsewhere, you will be automatically registered for the June 8 date.

LSAC is looking into other options for test administration, including remote-proctored tests and a spring/summer exam. They are also working with member law schools on flexible deadlines for fall 2020 applications. However nothing has been decided yet, so stay tuned.

If you need a different date or location, contact Candidate Services at LSACinfo@LSAC.org or 215.968.1001.

>> For more LSAT-specific information: What to do if your LSAT study plans have been disrupted due to coronavirus
 

MCAT

All March 27 and April 4 MCAT exams have been canceled. If you are scheduled to take one of those exams, you will receive a cancellation email.

AAMC has extended their “flexible rescheduling” policy through the end of May, which means that all rescheduling fees will be waived when you reschedule your April or May exam due to COVID-19.

To reschedule, call Pearson VUE at 866-281-7532 or use the MCAT Registration System online. If you reschedule online, you will be charged a fee, however that fee will be automatically refunded within two weeks. Pearson VUE recommends using their “call back” feature due to long wait times on the phone.

>> For more MCAT-specific information:

 

Magoosh’s Response

Students with a Magoosh Account

If you are a current Magoosh student, we know that your studying plans may be disrupted. We are offering all of our existing students the option to pause or extend your Magoosh account free of charge. Please send a message to our team at help@magoosh.com if you’ve been impacted.

New Magoosh Students

Are you thinking of purchasing Magoosh prep but worried your standardized test will be affected due to the implications of Coronavirus?

After completing your purchase, email us at help@magoosh.com and we will pause or extend your Magoosh subscription plan for free.

Take Care

We wish everyone the best at this stressful time! Please take good care of yourselves, your loved ones, and your community.