National Association for College Admission Counseling
As a service to students and families, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, NACAC, is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Please use the link below to access the NACAC site.
SAT and SAT Subject Tests Information
NEW SAT DATE: College Board announced the adding of a new SAT administration date for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only with no SAT Subject Tests™ available.
For Updated Information on SAT and PSAT / Upcoming SAT Administrations Including New September Administration / SAT School Day Administrations / College Admissions Information / Future Testing Opportunities and At-Home SAT Update / Resources and Support / Frequently Asked Questions: click the link below.
College Board Shares Plans to Provide Students with Opportunities to Take the SAT in 2020.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program Information
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:
Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.
For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam.
Common App Resources
Common App Admissions Application Update
Students can use this opportunity to explain about SAT/ACT testing or other unique challenges experienced.
On the 2020-2021 application, Common App will provide students who need it with a dedicated space to eleaborate on the impact of the pandemic, both personally and academically. We want to provide colleges with the information they need, with the goal of having students answer COVID-19 questions only once while using the rest of the application as they would have before to share their interests and perspectives beyond COVID-19.
Below is the question applicants will see:
Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.
Virtual College Visits
There are a few great websites out there that provide videos and virtual tours of the campuses, conversations with their Admissions staff, videos of day-to-day life with students and a peek inside what goes on at different college campuses.
Youniversity TV: In 5-7 minutes, these videos will take you from ground zero to feeling like you’re an expert on each college you “visit.” The videos interview Directors of Admission, professors, students and they share their insights on what life is like inside and outside the classroom. Admissions and testing stats are also provided so you can have a better sense of whether each school is a reach, target or a safety. Plus, it’s a video so you get to see the campus, the academic buildings and the surrounding area.
YouVisit: These are amazing virtual tours of colleges and universities around the country. You can click on a forward moving arrow and go into a building and see classrooms, the Student Union, dormitories, etc. The tours are narrated by students who share fun facts, traditions and their own personal insights about their experiences. Many schools offer dozens of stops on their tours and so you’ll undoubtedly feel a little overwhelmed, but take a look at the campus and soak up the information.
CampusReel: This is a relatively new site that offers short behind-the-scenes videos done by students for other students. It’s real talk, not a public relations ploy by the university and high school students really enjoy watching their peers interact with friends and seem normal.
Mental Health Resources
New York State is now offering a free mental health hotline. To set up an appointment to speak with a mental health professional. Call: 1-844-863-9314
The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health has a resource line available to help with navigating services: Phone: 914-995-1900 or Text: 914-461-7281