As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, residents of Monmouth County must be forced to tackle and adapt to an issue that has plagued students across the country since the beginning of quarantine: the SAT. 

With the pandemic reaching new heights within the springtime, almost all SAT tests in Monmouth County had been cancelled in March, with the College Board cancelling all SATs in May and June universally. Testing was expected to resume for the August SAT, but within the last week, numerous SATs across New Jersey have been cancelled, including centers at Asbury Park, Middletown, and Raritan. While not all locations have announced a cancellation, this poses a problem to students wishing to retake their SAT in the new year, as March was the earliest time to test in 2020. 

In an attempt to accommodate for the challenges that rising seniors are facing--as they are looking to apply to universities within the coming months-- The College Board has added an SAT in September; however, it is unclear as to how reliable this opportunity is, considering the unpredictable patterns that the pandemic has incurred. 

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Though frustrating, this has also cast doubt into the reliability of standardized testing in general across universities, as seen through numerous colleges waiving the SAT/ACT and SAT Subject Tests as well. 

As the opportunity to take the SAT is still viable, colleges still recommend taking it, but as for SAT Subject Tests, they have become almost universally not-recommended by highly selective schools, such as Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. Perhaps with the recent cancellations of the August SAT, more universities will look to apply that same policy towards all standardized testing.

As for now, students must accept the volatility of COVID-19, and wait to see what both August and September hold.