SAT/ PSAT at ARHS Update

Due to the pandemic and safety realities for students and staff, we will not be able to offer the SAT through the winter. We did not offer the PSAT in the fall for the same reason.  The conditions to safely administer the SAT and PSAT will be determined through the lens of public health guidelines and the status of in-person learning in the district resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

From a college admissions perspective, many colleges and universities are test optional for 1-3 years (the majority have announced for 2 years), and many test blind. Many selective schools have been test optional for decades, and have great success with a high achieving entering class annually.  The UC system (link), Ivy League schools, and many very selective schools are moving to holistic admissions evaluations as a result of this COVID 19 reality.  Attached is a great database from the National Association of College Admissions Counselors that is tracking the admissions process for thousands of American schools.–publications/newsroom/college-admission-status-coronavirus/  While standardized testing has functioned as a tried and true evaluation of many college bound students, most colleges have recognized that around the world, students are unable to take these exams.  This is a new reality, and some schools are offering the test despite COVID concerns. Currently, ARHS is not offering the PSAT or the SAT.  It is possible that the College Board will offer an alternative for the PSAT, we are waiting to hear this from the College Board.  

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