Yes, you are seeing that headline correctly. If you weren't sure before that we are in an unprecedented time you will be now.
Penn State has gone temporarily test optional. One more time for the people who need to grab their reading glasses. PENN STATE HAS GONE TEMPORARILY TEST OPTIONAL!!!!
Here's the exact wording from their email:
Penn State is making SAT/ACT score submissions optional for prospective students applying for summer or fall 2021 admission. Penn State's application for summer/fall 2021 will be open for future undergraduate students starting Aug. 1.
SAT UPDATES: Registrations/School Day Testing and more...
May 28, 2020
Fall 2020 SAT Dates: August 29, September 26, October 3 November 7, and December 5
Registration for these administrations will open later this week. Students should have gotten an email today, Thursday, May 28 with more information. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver. (I recommend going into your account as soon as possible, regardless of receiving the aforementioned email. And be sure to check your junk folder.)
For each administration, College Board has stated, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.
Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
Already registered for June
In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores
AND CHECK OUT THIS NEW INFO!
SAT School Day Administrations
In alignment with coronavirus guidance from public health organizations, school closures across the country, and discussions with local education leaders, College Board can’t reschedule the March 25 SAT School Day administration or provide administrations on April 14 and 28.
To provide more opportunities for students to take the SAT in fall 2020, College Board is adding a School Day administration on September 23. Schools that administer the SAT Suite of Assessments can order the September 23 SAT School Day administration. Schools can administer School Day on both September 23 and October 14.
From the College Board website. Almost all of our state partners and many of our district partners have expressed interest in administering the SAT during the school day in the fall. Some states, like Michigan, Colorado, West Virginia, and Illinois, have already announced fall testing.
This is an important opportunity, as states and large districts who participate can provide the SAT for free to all their students. Specific information about state and district testing will be shared in the coming weeks.
Future Testing Opportunities
In the unlikely event that schools do not reopen this fall, College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, like how we’re delivering digital exams to 3 million AP students this spring. As we’re doing with at-home Advanced Placement exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple, secure and fair, accessible to all, and valid for use in college admissions.
Like the paper test, a digital, remote version of the SAT would measure what students are learning in school and what they need to know to be successful in college.
For more information on SAT testing, visit
New B.L.C. Offering - ACT Crash Course
B.L.C. is offering an ACT Crash Course, leading up to the July 18th ACT.
Open up your testing options.
Starting the week of June 29th and running for 3 consecutive weeks leading up to the July 18 official ACT. **Monday through Friday from 6-8pm each day and practice tests on Saturdays. Start with a full Diagnostic Test with essay on Saturday, June 20th, 9:30am-1:30pm (later registrants can attend 6/27). **4th of July week is altered, and is only Monday through Thursday, and some days run 5-8pm.
The ACT is accepted on absolute equal standing with the SAT as far as colleges are concerned. Starting in September, ACT is offering section retakes. Late Fall/Winter, at-home testing will begin. The ACT has always been an excellent option to the SAT, and is quickly becoming an increasingly more flexible option. The first crash course leads up to the June 13 ACT official sitting (the second leads up to the July 18th official sitting) but is also an excellent gateway into one-on-one test preparation. Starting with a group class to immerse in the major components of the test while increasing exposure can reduce the overall cost of one-on-one preparation.
30 hours of in-person or live virtual instruction
11 hours of practice testing (including a full diagnostic test used to customize course)
Trained test preparation teachers
Authentic official ACT tests used for all testing and practice problems
Customization within the course to address tailored needs
Cost is $476. All materials included.
Register by June 8 for an early bird discount of $30 on the June/July Crash Course (Coupon code EBACTCCJUNE)
ACADEMIC CALL TO ACTION
Make sure to rise above pandemic challenges to education to be ready for next year!
In this challenging time, schools and districts were faced with implementing a drastically revamped education structure virtually in a matter of weeks or less. They are doing the best to help students finish the school year safely and with as many learning opportunities as possible. While it is understandable that the level of learning may be impacted, students must take it upon themselves to help themselves in order to prepare for next school year when expectations in their next set of classes are returned to pre-crisis heights. Students in pre-calculus this year, for example, must push themselves because next year's calculus class is not likely to start with three months of review.
Top three suggestions to get the most out of this school year:
Build in structure - set up a reasonable wake-up time, work times for each course, and bedtime.
Do optional work, attend optional meetings with teachers, ask to meet regularly with teachers. Set up study groups (a great leadership experience to add to your activity resume for college applications).
If quizzes, tests, and/or finals are no longer a part of class, ask your teachers if you can take them for no credit to ensure learning.
Contact us for academic services to help bridge the gap. We offer personalized, one-on-one tutoring to help students fill in the gaps to ensure a strong next year.
NEW B.L.C. Offering - AP Preparation Package
Sign up for 5, one hour sessions, your choice of dates/times
Advanced Placement (AP) tests are set to begin May 11 until May 22. While many students are faced with unavoidable obstacles to learning, the level of material to master has not changed in hopes that colleges will still consider accepting this year's high-level scores for college credits. Use Coupon Code AP2020 for $50 off (exp 5/22).
5, one hour sessions
One-on-one instruction with a consistent, highly qualified tutor well versed in the new exam structure
Scheduled according to your availability
Meet through Zoom or in person (once restrictions are lifted)
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Brandywine School of Wizardry Summer Camp Registration Open
Posted May 5, 2020
Wizarding Families! We hope you are all staying safe during this time. Programs are expected to take place this summer, so don't forget to sign up for camp! Learn more about our School of Wizardry here.