Access to college admissions tests — and lucrative scholarships — imperiled by COVID-19

By: | January 19, 2021

The pandemic has laid bare inequities in education across the country, and access to college admissions tests is one of the latest examples.

Even though many colleges scrapped SAT or ACT requirements this year because of the pandemic, students are scrambling to take the exams anyway — including the PSAT — as they chase lucrative scholarships and attention from some selective colleges that still require test scores.

Finding a safe, open testing site has become an obstacle because a swath of America’s high schools, where most standardized tests are administered, remain shuttered. Other testing centers have had to cut down on how many students they can accommodate with coronavirus cases surging.

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