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College Board Pauses Plan to Let Students Take SAT Test at Home This Fall


Tony Wan
June 2, 2020
The College Board has “paused” efforts to let students take the SAT at home, a plan it shared in April as an available option for students who want to take the college-admissions test but are unable to with many testing centers shuttered by the pandemic.
In an announcement posted Tuesday, the testmaker said that taking the SAT online at home “would require three hours of uninterrupted, video-quality internet for each student, which can’t be guaranteed for all.”
The College Board added that it will “continue to develop remote proctoring capabilities to make at-home SAT possible in the future,” and “continue to deliver the SAT online in some schools but will not introduce the stress that could result from extended at-home testing in an already disrupted admissions season.”
A different—and shorter—kind of high-stakes test administered online by the College Board has already caused stress. In May, students and parents reported issues submitting responses for the Advanced Placement exams, which were delivered online for the first time, in a 45-minute, free-response format.