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SAT & ACT Updates

Weekend Testing:

Due to the current nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated safety recommendations regarding students in schools:

The weekend SAT has been CANCELLED through December 2020. Testing will (hopefully) resume in the Spring of 2021.

The weekend ACT has been CANCELLED through November 2020. Testing will (hopefully) resume in the Spring of 2021.

Please contact the appropriate test provider for details about rescheduling your student's test.


In-School Testing:

Seniors (and any student scheduled and approved to graduate early this year) will be taking the SAT w/ essay on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020. On this day, only seniors and school staff will be permitted into the building. Test takers should bring the following with them:

  • #2 pencils
  • An SAT-approved calculator
  • A piece of photo identification (e.g. a previous year’s school ID, driver’s license, state ID, etc.)
  • Personal PPE (note: masks are required at all times)

Great effort has been made to make your testing interactions contactless. Each test taker will be assigned to a large classroom with 10 or fewer students and one adult test proctor. Students will be able to walk into thebuilding and go directly to their assigned classroom. Inside the classroom, students will have significant distance between themselves and other students, and each classroom will follow process protocols to help mitigate risks.

The standard SAT w/essay is a 3-hour, 50-minute test. Breaks between sections, along with personal information that must be recorded before the test begins, means the full testing period could be approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes. (If you are taking an accommodated test, your test might be longer or involve multiple
days to complete).

On Monday, October 12th, you will receive an email with the class you report to for your test. These rooms are assigned and unique to an individual student. Please reportto North High School between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. on October 14th. The testing procedures will begin promptly between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m, depending on your
room. Students cannot be admitted to the testing room once the test has begun. Unfortunately, when all rooms have begun, late students will not be able to test.

We strongly encourage all students to behave in socially safe ways while in and around the school. In the hallways--during breaks or in walking to rooms--we ask that students keep distance from others and wear a mask securely and properly. If students bring water or snacks to consume during breaks, these should be consumed outside the classroom--with appropriate distance from others and with attention to being masked as much as is reasonably possible.

Every senior is encouraged to visit the College Board site and consider the information regarding the SAT w/essay. Details found there can help you be prepared to do your best. There are practice tests available as well.

You will receive two more official correspondences before the test:

  • A short video showing you the basic protocols for test day.
  • The email with your room assignment for the SAT.

Even in this extraordinary time, we still believe you will bring your very best to this assessment. We always believe in you and your abilities, and we look forward to seeing what you will achieve.

Geoffrey Harris Young
GPN Assistant Principal/Testing Coordinator