Standardized Testing In A Pandemic

2021 is off to a fast start, as we prepare for a new President and live out this new “normal”. COVID cases are still rising but life doesn’t stop. Students have been virtual learning for almost 1 year now and things are changing for the better.

Many students are graduating high school this year and like normal, the standardized tests are still required in order to apply to the school of your choice and be accepted. Now, the SAT states it will no longer offer the essay option as they want to make sure they are adapting with students during this difficult time.


“As students and colleges adapt to the new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board is making sure our programs adapt wit them. We’re making changes to reduce demands on students” says a representative from the College Board organization.

Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed schools slowly stepping away from traditional testing and work. Schools like Harvard and University of Pennsylvania have already dropped their SAT and ACT requirements for the year. More and more parents have argued that testing should be optional because it is not a true reflection of the students intelligence. School can already be troubling for some, now imagine a new environment and way of learning. Great job, College Board! Our students matter.