The large populace that was eyeing the June 2017 SAT test finds itself left in the lurch – cheated, harmed and a lot more. But why? Agreed that the College Board could have gone about things in a more organized and rational manner but don’t emergencies crop up all the time? Don’t test takers dump the test due to personal crises? Yes. A great deal happens all the time that knocks the bottom out of plans – parents’ plans, children’s plans, students’ plans and understandable the plans of organizations such as the College Board. Be fair! The hullaballoo – often assuming the dimensions of an ugly tirade – can go on but must not. The crisis has been brought on by the irresponsible behavior of test-takers and test-prep companies seeking to gain by unlawful test- taking strategies and we must all pay the price for this tampering with a system.
As the provider of the SAT for many years, the College Board merits our patient understanding of the situation; at the same time, as responsible wards of potential test-takers or as test-takers we need to plan ahead constructively rather than waste our choler over bygones.
The test dates for the SAT for 2017 are now public and it would be in the right spirit to spend the time planning the year ahead rather than moping over what is not – the June SAT!!!
The most constructive piece of advice I have for those in the final year of school (who need to apply end 2017 for admission into colleges in Fall 2018) is to consider switching to the ACT. The ACT test calendar has a test in June for which there is still time to register and possibly enough time to prepare. The ACT also has a date in September that affords test takers 2 advantages- a great deal of time in the summer to study and timely scores for early decision applications. Besides, the switch will not entail too much effort. The two tests – the ACT and the SAT – share a great deal on the Math and English sections. What will need work are the Science section and the Essay.
The other choice is to book timely for the October SAT. Understandably there is going to be a mad rush for the October date so the key is to book early. Students applying in 2017 will still be able to apply within deadlines but will not have a retake option since the next SAT test will be in December.
Don’t mar the spirit of your dream to be at a great college next year. Think positive and be positive. Expend your energy on constructive planning and great studying! There is a way out of the June test cancellation- smart planning!