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ACT/SAT Testing Details

Class of 2020

Please see the College Virtual Visits Calendar located on the College Counseling page (scroll down) of the AOF website for a listing of virtual college visits. These meetings are for students only. The rules for attending are as follows:

  • Seniors and PGs may miss class but not a quiz, test, or lab.
  • Please notify your college counselor of your intention to attend so we can communicate with the representative.
  • Juniors are encouraged to attend during a free period. They may not miss class.

Counselors will be meeting with students over the coming weeks to discuss their admission plans and any changes to their college lists.

Testing

Although the majority of colleges have waived requirements for applicants to submit standardized testing results (SAT or ACT) for this admission cycle, we understand that many students want the option to take them if their test scores might bolster their applications, if athletic recruiting will require them, or if they will help in applying for merit scholarships. After multiple conversations with both the College Board (SAT) and the ACT, we now have a schedule that allows 12th grade and PG students to take each one at least twice this fall.

Following are the test options we are recommending.  These tests will be administered at AOF and include both weekend and class day options.

Saturday, Oct. 10                  ACT AOF only (12/PG)
*Wednesday, Oct. 14            SAT School Day (12/PG)
Saturday, Oct. 24                  ACT AOF only (12/PG) Deadline 9/25
Saturday, Nov. 7                  
SAT AOF National Test Center (12/PG as needed)

*Registration for SAT School Day testing is not done through the student’s College Board account. Please see our FAQ below for instructions.

Understanding the context of testing for the 2020-2021 application cycle

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our traditional college application cycle, and our office continues to track the changes colleges have made to the process in response. Currently, the majority of four-year colleges in the US will be “test-optional” for 2020-2021 applicants. The policies vary widely, from colleges who “strongly encourage but do not require” students to submit scores to colleges who will not use scores at all in their evaluation of applicants for admission. In the most prevalent plans, choosing to submit or not to submit scores will neither advantage nor disadvantage the applicant. Students have the option of submitting test scores if they feel they will bolster their applications, and those who choose not to submit scores will have their applications receive full consideration. However, it is important to read the information that the college publishes on its website regarding standardized testing. If you have questions, please contact your son’s college counselor.

FAQ

How do I register to take the SAT School Day Administration?
Please sign up on this Google Form. We will order the tests for you.

Can my son take the Class Day test both times it is offered?
Unfortunately, students can only take the School Day administration once. Choose a date on our Google Form and we will have a test for you.

My son is currently registered for the September 26/ October 3 SAT. How do we cancel that registration?
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/policies-requirements/changes

How do students register to take the ACT at AOF?
Register by creating an account at ACT.org. Because we are a closed test center on this date, students MUST designate Avon Old Farms School as their current school when creating their accounts or they need to edit their accounts to indicate that AOF is their current school. When registering for these test dates, please indicate your choice of test center as 212250 (Avon Old Farms School test center code). If one date is not available or has filled, please register for the other.

  • Registration deadline for the 10/24 administration is September 17.
  • Late registration (fee required) September 18-25.

How do students register to take the SAT at AOF on November 7?
Register through your account at www.College Board.org.
* Register early to make sure you can test at Avon Old Farms School. The test site will fill quickly.*

  • Registration deadline October 7.
  • Late registration (fee required) October 27.

I believe my son is eligible to receive accommodations for testing. How do I make sure that he receives them?
Please contact Marie Delnicki (delnickim@avonoldfarms.com) to arrange ALL accommodations.

I have other questions about registering for tests at AOF. Whom should I contact?
Please contact Marie Delnicki (delnickim@avonoldfarms.com). She is our Testing Coordinator and can answer most questions about registering to take the tests.


Class of 2021

  • We will assign your son his college counselor in December and start our individual meetings in January.

Testing
Although the pandemic has disrupted testing policies, we understand that many students want the option to take standardized tests if their scores might bolster their applications, if athletic recruiting will require them, or if they will help in applying for merit scholarships. Since we will not be in session for the dates we usually recommend 11th graders take the test in December, 11th grade students should plan to take the ACT on October 24 and the SAT on November 7 in order to learn which test platform reflects their abilities better and to establish a testing baseline. This information will be important to help us develop a testing plan for each student when the outlines of the next admission cycle become clearer and we begin individual conferences in January. Students who want to sit for the December administration should register to take the test at a center near them. We plan to offer Class Day SAT administration and the ACT in the spring as well.

Wednesday, Oct. 14         PSAT class day
Saturday, Oct. 24             ACT AOF only
Saturday, Nov. 7              SAT AOF National Test Center

FAQ

Does my son have to register to take the PSAT?
No, we arrange to have tests for all 10th and 11th grade students.

My son is repeating the 11th grade and has already taken the PSAT twice. Does he have to take it again?
Students who are repeating the 11th grade and who do not wish to take it again can opt to take the School Day SAT on the same date. Please note: students will be taking one or the other test. Contact Claudine Meaney in the College Counseling Office (meaneyc@avonoldfarms.com) to arrange to take the School Day SAT.

My son is currently registered for the September 26/ October 3 SAT. How do we cancel that registration?
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/policies-requirements/changes

How does my son register to take the ACT at AOF?
Register by creating an account at ACT.org. Because we are a closed test center on this date, students MUST designate Avon Old Farms School as their current school when creating their accounts or they need to edit their accounts to indicate that AOF is their current school. When registering for these test dates, please indicate your choice of test center as 212250 (Avon Old Farms School test center code). If one date is not available or has filled, please register for the other.

  • Registration deadline for the 10/24 administration is September 17.
  • Late registration (fee required) September 18-25. 

How does my son register to take the SAT at AOF on November 7?
Register by creating an account at www.collegeboard.org. * Register early to make sure you can test at Avon Old Farms School. The test site will fill quickly.*

  • Registration deadline October 7.
  • Late registration (fee required) October 27.

 I believe my son is eligible to receive accommodations for testing. How do I make sure that he  receives them?
Please contact Marie Delnicki (delnickim@avonoldfarms.com) to arrange ALL accommodations.

I have other questions about registering for tests at AOF. Whom should I contact
Please contact Marie Delnicki (delnickim@avonoldfarms.com). She is our Testing Coordinator and can answer most questions about registering to take the tests.