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How Could SAT's Possibly Still Happen? Why does CB refuse to acknowledge reality?
I'm not sure if I'm a pessimist or if College Board and universities that haven't gone TO just refuse to acknowledge reality. To my understanding, if the August 29th SAT date gets canceled, College Board will have no option left but to administer an online test. However, neither of these possibilities are realistic in the slightest. Even if they were allowed to administer physical tests in August, they would have to follow strict CDC guidelines, which would mean 6 feet apart for every student, and how could that be even slightly possible with the hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of kids who haven't gotten to take or would like to retake the SAT? The main issue I foresee is the fact that they have to administer the test to every student who would like to take it, as they could not just give the opportunity to some and exclude others. Even if they spread testing out throughout the month, do they actually think they could get enough volunteers or even space to administer these tests? And do they actually think parents would be slightly ok sending their kids to mini petri dishes for the virus in order to take a standardized test? What's even worse is how misleading CB has been, saying that it is unlikely that they won't be able to administer physical tests when every single shred of statistical information is contradictory to such a statement. So, if physical testing is obviously out of the question, online testing would be their backup plan. In the email they sent they referenced the AP exams in support of their claim that an online SAT wouldn't be a massive catastrophe, but the AP exams are not even remotely applicable. They turned a 3 hour multiple choice and free response test into a 45 minute online free response-only test, which they still managed to fail at administering on a national level. How could they think that that is applicable whatsoever to a 3 hour multiple choice-only exam that doesn't just provide college credit, but largely determines the outcome of college admissions. I can not see a single possibility where CB doesn't mess everything up, so do universities just refuse to acknowledge the obvious outcome to this situation and are just going to wait until the last minute to drop testing requirements? I've also heard the argument that a lot of applicants to high-level universities already took the SAT's, but how is it, in any way, reasonable to just straight up disqualify however many thousands of kids haven't taken the SAT yet? There is literally no possible solution to the problem other than all universities going TO, and, for the life of me, I can not figure out why universities and CB are still holding on to SAT requirements like it's even a remote possibility.32 replies