The May 2nd 2020 SAT Stands Cancelled - What This Means For You

Update: College Board will discontinue SAT Subject Test and Optional SAT Essay from June 2021 onwards

College Board has cancelled May 2, 2020 SAT all over the world in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The SAT test administrator is keeping a close watch on global developments and as of now the June 6, SAT Subject Test administration will take place as scheduled.

Here’s what they’ve announced:

“We have not yet cancelled June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. We are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.”

Now, as an SAT aspirant what does this mean for you? Let’s discuss.

You must be aware that in India, SAT is held in March, May, October and December whereas SAT Subject Tests are available in June, August, October and December. If you take things in stride, this cancellation gives you an opportunity to spread out your preparation evenly. Meaning, that for Fall 2021 students, taking at least two or three SAT Subject Tests on August 29, 2020 (if not on June 6) is highly recommended. This should be followed by taking the SAT on October 3, 2020.

This strategy gives you a two-fold advantage: first, having good SAT Subject Test scores will boost your application; second, this will also give you an opportunity to retake the SAT on December 5, 2020 for score improvement, if needed.

Delayed exam would mean that just like you, other students would get extra time to prepare too. So you can expect a fair amount of competition from your peers. What can you do to differentiate your prep from that of others?

Here are some pointers:

  1. Have a structured study schedule

    Staying at home for extended periods can be nasty. In the sense, that it can make you complacent and prone to laziness. That is why having a structured study plan helps. It puts you on the track with proven results.

  2. Self-preparation or expert help?

    We have had many students, who came to us after going the self-preparation way for a while. Common reasons? Lack of self-discipline during preparation. Lack of motivation. Dry and boring prep. We completely understand. That is why our SAT SMEs have designed prep modules in such a way that each topic is both relevant and interesting. Result? Maximum scores with minimum effort.

  3. Take as many tests as you can

    Whether Math or English, practice is the key. SAT is not a difficult exam for most Indian students, it is just a different one. You would not only need crucial question-solving strategies, but also the mental stamina to sit through and ace the SAT. Tests, both sectional and full length, are essential to get the exam-day feel.

  4. Keep an error log and discuss with faculty

    Your Achilles’ heel may be RC or coordinate geometry i.e. you repeatedly find yourself making errors on the same topic. Or you may be making ‘silly mistakes’ at random. Make a note of your error in your notebook. Drill down the cause by doing self-analysis. Discuss it with your faculty if you have shaky concepts or if only a certain type of questions have you stumped.

  5. Work on your applications too

    We can’t emphasize this enough. Your applications are as important as your SAT scores. So find time to pursue activities that you can use to leave a digital footprint in order to improve your profile.

Now that you have time, there is no reason why you can’t ace the SAT and get into your dream college. We will keep you posted with SAT and admissions updates.

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