What high schoolers should do in light of the latest COVID-19 developments

NOTE 1: In light of our current environment, free consultations and client meetings / instruction will move to Skype, phone, or another technology so we can all be sure to keep our needed social distance.

NOTE 2: Don’t panic about anything! Read on for lots of info and advice, and reach out to me anytime:  Jay London, College Advice Guy, jay@thecollegeadviceguy.com, 215-350-8714

JUNIORS AND THE SAT:
Yes, the SATs were pretty much all cancelled for March. And we recently got word that June is cancelled as well. But never fear, standardized testing will resume at some point. (Maybe kinda soon, maybe not. Time will tell. But be prepared for either.)

If you were one who was registered for the March SAT – what happens with that:

1. If your test center was open (or you had to move to a new location in your area) and you took the SAT, then you are set.

2. More than likely, your test was cancelled. The College Board just announced they will not make-up the March exam, and have posted the following on their website:

“In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.”

3. Going forward, know that the SAT and ACT are each “typically” offered every other month. (Although who the heck knows what “typical” is anymore.) The next scheduled test dates for the SAT is June 6 since the May test has been canceled. But, keep in mind that still gives you time to test and retest to get the score you need, even for you those with Early Decision dreams. There is a good chance additional testing dates will be scheduled once the virus season is over (hopefully summer).  I will keep you posted as these developments continue.

BUT ALSO remember that 1,100+ colleges and universities are test optional, and more are considering dropping the tests. So stay healthy, keep up with your schoolwork however you can (and are expected to), and use some extra time to now learn more about who you are and what type of college you want. Your GPA and how challenging your classes are is two of the top factors colleges use for admissions decisions.

SENIORS AND COLLEGE DECISION TIME:
Colleges are closed and you have to now assume you will not be able to take a tour or visit the schools in the traditional way before May 1st. But there are options and ways to make sure you can make your college decision in an optimal way.

Take advantage of your extra time to evaluation your progress, your interests, and importantly reevaluate you major and even your choice of school.  Learn about options for your next semester and make a plan to utilize your summer to its fullest. If you missed my earlier blog on how seniors can research schools, read it now.

Contact me for a free initial consultation if you have questions or any nagging doubts lingering in your head!


IT’S A GREAT TIME FOR TEST PREP – TAKE THIS TIME TO DO IT RIGHT

Students now have extra time on their hands – and it is the perfect opportunity for Juniors and Sophomores to get ready for the SAT (and PSAT).

Jay is now offering online SAT / ACT prep instruction – live, interactive, and personalized.
Click here connect Jay if you would like to receive more information about this opportunity to improve test scores – potentially in a dramatic way. Jay will set the schedule with days and times where he will broadcast to students, and then individual follow-ups will take place.


COLLEGE FAIRS ARE GOING BY THE WAYSIDE – WHAT TO DO?

Now that college fairs are also cancelled, Juniors can get the College Decision Guide and arrange a free consultation with Jay to put together a plan for the college search, admission and financial aid that will help guide you through these uncertain times.

The bottom line:  there’s a lot going on, a lot has changed, and even more will likely change. Reach out Jay with any questions, and be sure to follow this blog for more updates.  Subscribe here!

By |2020-03-17T09:15:28-04:00March 16th, 2020|The Advice Corner|
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