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Maya Rengifo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -Last month the College Board discontinued the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) college entrance exam’s optional essay portion along with subject tests.

COVID-19 has pushed the organization to make such changes in relation to student demands.

After June 2021, the SAT with Essay is only available within states that require accountability in terms of SAT School Day administrations.

Students may cancel the essay portion for the upcoming spring exam at any time, free of charge.

As testing sites become limited and colleges begin to drop the SAT requirement last summer, the board arranged for a digital version of the exam in June that eventually did not go through.

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The process of releasing a proctored digital SAT is still in the works but the College Board eliminated separate math, U.S. history, and language tests.

U.S. students who registered for such tests can receive a refund and more information here.

LRHS college and career counselor Ricardo Acevedo said the SAT is making some changes to ensure COVID safety.

“The main reason for changing the SAT layout is the availability of rooms and such regarding in person testing,” he said. “The College Board is trying to space students out to follow COVID-19 guidelines. With there being limited space, they had to accommodate for the lack of opportunity.”

The College Board will reach out directly to students registered for the SAT subject tests and SAT with Essay to provide more information on these changes.