According to the College Board®, the August SAT® test has been cancelled for nearly half of the students who registered.

In Texas, so far a total of 174 test centers have closed for August testing (so far). Of that number, 47 are located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

If you signed up for the August test, please double check your email for a notification from College Board® to find out if your test has been cancelled. In this post, we’ve also included a complete list of Texas test center cancellations.

Because of these cancellations, many families have asked the question, “Is it possible to complete college admissions testing during the chaotic times of a pandemic?”

The answer is yes, but the journey could be very different than expected. It’s important to anticipate some bumps along the way and prepare to be flexible with a Plan B or Plan C, if needed.

If your test was cancelled, read on to find recommendations from our college admissions experts on what to do next.

Do Colleges Still Care About the SAT Test?

Yes, a good SAT score can still help strengthen your college applications. While many schools have moved to “test optional” for the foreseeable future, this does not mean that schools are becoming “test blind.”

Many students and their parents are discovering that college admissions tests will still be important (if not essential) to achieving some, if not all, of their college goals for admissions, scholarships, or honors programs.

Even as many universities adjust admissions policies with temporary waivers of college admissions tests, making allowances for the challenges faced in the current pandemic environment, tests are often needed for some of the more selective processes.

If you need merit-based scholarship money, or if you are an out-of-state student trying to qualify for in-state tuition rates, test scores could still matter.

If you were striving for a highly competitive major at a selective college or if you had ambitions for an honors program on campus, then test scores still could matter.

Even if you just needed to add weight and gravitas for the case for your dream-school application, yes, then that additional data point could still help.

However, if you do not get the chance to take the test, do not let this stop you from applying. Just keep in mind that the components of your application (transcript, resume, essay, etc.) will need to make you stand out.

How Do I Tell If My SAT Test Is Cancelled?

If your test is cancelled, the College Board will notify you via email or text (if you signed up for text updates). Sometimes, your test may be cancelled even if a test center remains open in the event that the center moves to reduced capacity.

While schools are notifying the College Board as soon as possible about test center changes, it may take some time before the College Board sends you a notification about a closing.

We recommend that students log into their My SAT accounts the night before and the morning of the test to double check that the test center is still open.

Recommendations for the Current Testing Environment

Some national test administration dates have been cancelled altogether because of the pandemic. Some test sites have cancelled because of COVID surges in their communities.

But some new test dates have been added, and many high schools now offer special “School Day” test administrations. In addition, some colleges have extended deadlines for test score receipt. So there is still hope for a successful test outcome.

Here are tips for managing college admissions tests during the pandemic.

1. Consider registering for multiple test dates.

Yes it will require multiple online registrations and registration fees, but if your testing site has to cancel due to community health concerns, you have options.

By the way, there are still several seats open for upcoming SAT test dates. Sign up as soon as possible to secure your spot.

2. Consider registering for both SAT test dates and ACT® test dates.

Colleges will accept test results from either college admission test provider. By registering for both, you could have more opportunities for a successfully administered test.

3. Consider registering for a test site out of your area.

If you live in a heavily populated metropolitan area that is experiencing higher occurrences of COVID-19, look for a test site outside of your immediate area where occurrences are fewer—and test cancellations are less likely to happen. However, try to keep a reasonable commute. Remember, test day starts early, but this could be your ticket to a successfully completed test day.

4. Monitor your testing status closely as your test day approaches.

Regularly check the inbox of the email address used to register for your national test date. The testing organization will use this address to communicate any change to the testing status for your test site. That communication could come at any time up to the day of the test, so check repeatedly.

5. If notified of a testing site cancellation or change, don’t panic.

Alternatives will be outlined in the email. It may require testing on a different test date, so move on to Plan B, or C. Remember that colleges understand the challenges you face and are adjusting to the circumstances. You will need to do the same.

6. Keep improving your testing skills and abilities.

If your testing season must be extended because of the pandemic, consider it a gift. Now you will have more time to improve your scores! Use the time for more instruction and practice and for greater improvement. Make it pay off.

August 2020 SAT® Test Center Closures in Texas

Here, the test center closures are listed by regional areas in Texas. For a complete list of test center closures nationwide, visit the College Board website.

Amarillo

  • Amarillo College

Austin

  • Akins High School
  • Cedar Park High School
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • Del Valle High School
  • Dripping Springs Middle School
  • East View High School
  • Hendrickson High School
  • James Bowie High School
  • Juan Navarro Early College High School
  • Juan Navarro Early College High School (Sunday)
  • L C Anderson High School
  • Lake Travis High School Annex
  • Leander High School
  • Lyndon B Johnson High School
  • McNeil High School
  • Northeast Early College High School
  • Round Rock High School
  • Stony Point High School
  • Travis High School
  • Vandegrift High School
  • Vista Ridge High School
  • Westlake High School
  • Westwood High School

Beaumont-Port Arthur

  • Bob Hope School

Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen

  • Brownsville Early College High School
  • Edcouch-Elsa High School
  • Harlingen High School
  • Harlingen High School
  • Hidalgo High School
  • Homer Hanna High School
  • James Pace High School
  • Jubilee Brownsville Academy
  • Jubilee Brownsville Academy (Sunday)
  • La Joya High School
  • Michael Fossum Middle School
  • Mission High School
  • Port Isabel High School
  • PSJA Memorial High School
  • Ringgold Middle School
  • Saint Joseph Academy
  • South Texas Christian Academy (Sunday)
  • Weslaco High School

Corpus Christi

  • Foy H Moody High School
  • Richard King High School
  • Rockport-Fulton High School

Dallas-Forth Worth

  • Allen High School
  • Arlington Heights High School
  • Azle High School
  • Burleson High School
  • Carroll Sr High School
  • Coppell High School
  • Duncanville High School
  • Eastern Hills High School
  • Everman Jcb High School
  • Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Fossil Ridge High School
  • Franklin D Roosevelt High School
  • Grand Prairie High School
  • Highland Park High School
  • Jack E Singley Academy
  • James Bowie High School
  • Keller High School
  • L.G. Pinkston High School
  • Lake Highlands High School
  • Macarthur High School
  • Mansfield High School
  • Mansfield Legacy High School
  • Mansfield Timberview High School
  • Marcus High School
  • Mesquite High School
  • Midlothian High School
  • Molina High School
  • Naaman Forest High School
  • Newman Smith High School
  • North Crowley High School
  • North Garland High School
  • North Side High School
  • O D Wyatt Senior High School
  • Paschal High School
  • Plano East Sr High School
  • Plano West Sr High School
  • Prosper High School
  • Richardson High School
  • Sanger High School
  • South Garland High School
  • St Marks Sch Of Texas
  • Summit Int’l Preparatory
  • Sunset High School
  • The Colony High School
  • Trinity Christian Academy (Addison)
  • Trinity Valley School
  • University of North Texas At Dallas
  • Weatherford High School

El Paso

  • Bowie High School
  • Canutillo High School
  • Eastwood High School
  • Fort Hancock High School
  • J M Hanks High School
  • Parkland High School
  • Loretto Academy High School
  • Socorro High School
  • Stephen F Austin High School

Houston

  • Alief Taylor High School
  • Anderson-Shiro Jr/Sr High School
  • Blinn College
  • Booker T Washington High School
  • Cesar E. Chavez High School
  • Channelview High School
  • Clear Creek High School
  • Cypress Woods High School
  • Eastwood Academy Charter High School
  • Eisenhower High School
  • Elsik High School
  • George Ranch High School
  • Hargrave High School
  • Hastings High School
  • Heights High School
  • Humble High School
  • J E Taylor High School
  • J Frank Dobie High School
  • Jersey Village High School
  • Klein High School
  • Lee College
  • Mayde Creek High School
  • Morton Ranch High School
  • Northside High School
  • Pasadena Memorial High School
  • Pearland High School
  • Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School
  • Sam Houston Math Science & Tech Center
  • Sam Rayburn High School
  • South Houston High School
  • Spring High School
  • St Thomas High School
  • Strake Jesuit College Prep
  • Texas City High School
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tomball High School
  • Westbury High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Westside High School
  • Willis High School

Laredo

  • Cigarroa High School
  • Martin High School

Lubbock

  • Texas Tech University

Odessa-Midland

  • Ft Stockton High School
  • Midland College

San Angelo

  • Angelo State University

San Antonio

  • Antonian College Prep High School
  • Carrizo Springs Junior High School
  • Douglas MacArthur High School
  • East Central High School
  • Highlands High School
  • Ingram Tom Moore High School
  • Judson Care Academy
  • Louis D Brandeis High School
  • McCollum High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Saint Mary’s Hall
  • Sandra Day O’Connor High School
  • South San Antonio High School
  • Southside High School
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • University Of Texas At San Antonio
  • Winston Churchill High School

Sherman-Denison

  • Pottsboro High School

Tyler-Longview

  • Longview High School
  • Quitman High School
  • Tyler Jr College

Waco-Temple-Bryan

  • Blinn College
  • Killeen High School
  • La Vega High School
  • San Saba High School

Coming Up with a New Plan

There will be greater opportunity awaiting the Class of 2021 and beyond because of the current challenges we all face in the COVID Era.

High quality admission candidates will be coveted. Therefore, students who can adjust, adapt, and persevere will demonstrate their value and will be rewarded for their efforts.

If you need specific advice for creating a new testing plan or would like guidance from college admissions experts throughout the entire college application process, we are here to help. We offer test prep services and college counseling to help our students achieve their future goals.

The simple act of not letting temporary inconveniences keep you from achieving your important life goals will send a signal to colleges and future employers. It will show that you can weather the storms and life challenges ahead, and you can help them do the same.

They are looking for people like you.

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