Just when high school students and their parents thought the college admissions process could not get any more confusing, the global pandemic is proving them wrong. Canceled SAT and ACT dates are adding to the frustration. It's left families wondering what's next for rising juniors and seniors with plans to go to college.
Most universities have waived ACT/SAT scores to get in, but if you need a scholarship the rules have not changed.
High school juniors, seniors and their parents are on edge. Most area ACT testing locations in June and July are no longer available.
"This is the third time they've canceled it, " said Davidson High School rising senior Johnathan Whitfield. He's experienced a number of cancellations. Whitfield, a football player, is counting on being able to submit the highest ACT score possible to land an athletic scholarship.
"You choose the option a couple of months before the test and you get a notification about the cancellation like a couple of weeks before the test," said Whitfield.
ACT prep instructor Dr. Wycondia West works with several dozen students in both Mobile and Baldwin County.
"If I’m over here trying to get scholarship money, I need an ACT score. There's a breakdown in communication. That's why these parents are upset, that’s why students are upset, because they are trying to get -- who wants to pay for college? They are trying to get this scholarship money," said West.
The ACT is asking students and parents to consider waiting to test in the Fall.
"So they are not giving them the option to switch locations," said West.
They're offering a new registration deadline of July 27 and to test starting in September. Alternate testing centers will be announced and the ACT is working on future remote testing in 2021.
Dr. West says remote testing may come with serious issues. "The huge cheating scandal so the option taking the test at home I'm not sure how that’s going to work I don’t see that coming anytime too soon," said West.
"It's like we need a plan B because we don’t know how these colleges are going to go or how our after school life is going to go," said Whitfield.
According to the ACT website, it says it is working with test centers across the country to determine testing capacity.
Students will be notified.