Covid-19 & College Counseling

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Free AP Review Classes

Beginning TODAY (Wednesday, March 25), you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.

These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.

To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel or find your course schedule below. College Board will be adding more courses soon.

Download the daily schedule for 32 courses (.pdf/151 KB). Students should follow @APforStudents on Twitter for real-time updates.

Colleges begin to go Test Optional in wake of Covid-19

Standardized testing, namely the ACT and SAT, have long been a part of the college admissions process. In recent years, there has been a slow trickle of colleges choosing to “go test optional”. That is, allowing students to apply to the college without submitting standardized test scores. In the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic, during which multiple ACT and SAT test dates have been canceled or rescheduled, we anticipate a substantial number of colleges will make the decision to go test optional, even if only temporarily. 

Case Western Reserve University was the first to make this Covid-19 inspired decision, deciding and announcing on March 18th to remove standardized testing requirements for the Class of 2021. Yesterday, Tufts University announced they will begin test optional admission for a three year period beginning with the Class of 2021. We know there are many colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, discussing the possibility of following suit and eliminating testing requirements for their admissions process. lists colleges that have test optional admissions policies and we will have periodic updates on this blog as more schools change their policies. If you are looking for information about a specific school’s testing policies, we recommend checking their admission’s website as there is potential for rapid change on this front in the coming months.

Navigating the college admissions process under ideal circumstances has potential to be stressful. We know the uncertainty this pandemic has created makes things even more difficult. But we hope you are able to see the changes like those Case Western and Tufts have already made and the numerous colleges who have extended their decision deadline for the current seniors as evidence that admissions officers are both human and humane. The college counseling team will help you stay on track as new information becomes available from various colleges and testing agencies. Please contact your college counselor if you have any questions and check this blog periodically for further updates.

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