Hurricane Harvey and College Admissions

Saturday was the first August administration of the SAT, but testing centers were closed in much of Texas.

August 28, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey's destruction hit many people in Texas -- some with devastating losses. The weather also created a temporary setback for some planning to go to college.

Saturday, when the hurricane hit with full force, was the date of the first August administration of the SAT. And while there are always a few test centers nationally that may have difficulties that force a cancelation, 138 testing centers in Texas were closed.

Zach Goldberg, a spokesman for the College Board, said its officials were working to schedule make-up tests for September 16. "Obviously the safety of everyone in Texas is the primary concern," he said.

The College Board used social media in advance of Harvey's arrival to encourage people to check with their testing centers. But many students and parents tweeted questions at the College Board, which answered with information about make-up tests.



Many in the admissions world have been pleased with the addition of the August administration. For some students, this allows for more preparation and practice without conflicts with regular coursework. And for those thinking of applying early decision, the earlier scores may be helpful.

Angelica Melendez, president of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling, on Saturday sent an email to many in college admissions asking them to be flexible with Texas high schools, some of which may be closed for more than a few days.

"I ask our university partners for their understanding with delays in receiving necessary application materials a number of our students affected by Hurricane Harvey may experience," she wrote.

The Texas admissions group has created a fund for those who wish to help schools and colleges hit by the hurricane. Donations may be made here.



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