Coronavirus Leads to Cancellations of Testing Dates

AP testing will change significantly; dates eliminated for SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT.

March 23, 2020

The Advanced Placement program announced significant changes on Friday. And the SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT and the GMAT have all had tests canceled in the last week.


The College Board announced Friday that in place of the in-person AP exams, which are proctored, students will be able to take an exam in their homes.

"Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates," the College Board said. The exams will be 45 minutes long.

"The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3," the College Board said. "We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam."

Other Exams

The SAT of May 2 has been canceled. Makeup exams for the March 14 SAT, scheduled for March 28, have also been canceled "in response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19)."

Students who had been registered to take the SAT on one of those days will receive refunds.

At this point, the next SAT that has not been called off is June 6.

ACT has rescheduled the April 4 exam, moving it to June 13 "in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)." In the next few days, everyone who registered for the exam will receive information about the new date.

In addition, ACT has rescheduled the April 3 and 4 international ACT test dates to June 12 and 13.

The College Board gave the SAT March 14, although many test sites were closed.

The Graduate Record Examinations are being largely rescheduled, and information is available here.

The Law School Admission Council has canceled the Law School Admission Test that was to be given this month due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Cancelling the March test is a difficult step, but we believe it is the most responsible course of action to protect test takers, test center personnel, and the broader community," said a statement from the admission council. All March LSAT registrants in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been automatically registered for the April 25 test.

The Association of American Medical Colleges announced that the March 27 and April 4 administrations of the Medical College Admission Test have been canceled.

And the Graduate Management Admission Council has canceled most dates coming up soon for the Graduate Management Admission Test.

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