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The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused chaos and uncertainty around the country, and just like everyone else the standardized testing community is affected. If you planned to take a standardized exam between March and June 2020, you may have received an update recently from your testing center either canceling or rescheduling the test date. 

To help students locate information regarding popular exams and testing centers, we’ve compiled a list of exams and center policies, including Prometric, ETS, Pearson VUE, College Board exams, and the ACT exam. We sourced the following information directly from each organization’s website, and will update this post weekly with changes and announcements.

Last updated: March 30, 2020

Testing Centers

The testing centers listed below have issued the following statements regarding canceling or rescheduling standardized exams.

Prometric

“Prometric has determined it is necessary and appropriate to temporarily close our test centers in the United States and Canada for a period of 30 days, starting March 18. This step is being taken to further protect the health and well-being of the individual test takers and our staff. We anticipate re-opening our test centers effective April 16.

If you have an existing appointment with Prometric, you will receive email instructions on how to reschedule your appointment to a future date once it is safe to resume testing. No rescheduling fees will be applied.”  

Source: https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update 

ETS

“Due to the health and safety concerns for both our test takers and test center staff stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, TOEFL®, GRE®, HiSET®, and Praxis® testing has been affected in many countries.”

TOEFL

NEW: At Home Testing for the TOEFL iBT® Test

“ETS has launched an at home testing solution for the TOEFL iBT® test for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test is now available in selected countries where students can take the test at home beginning Thursday, March 26.

We are continuing to assess the impact of the pandemic on test centers worldwide and are working to make the solution available in additional locations impacted by the pandemic.

The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is monitored online by a trained human proctor from start to finish to maintain test security.”

Learn more about the test, where it is available and how to register.

GRE

NEW: At Home Testing for the GRE® General Test

“ETS has launched an at home testing solution for the GRE® General Test for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.

Taking the GRE General Test at home is now available in selected countries where students can take the test at home beginning Friday, March 27.

We are continuing to assess the impact of the pandemic on test centers worldwide and are working to make the solution available in additional locations impacted by the pandemic.

The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is monitored online by a trained human proctor from start to finish to maintain test security.”

Learn more about the test, where it is available and how to register.

HiSET

“In light of the coronavirus outbreak, ETS wants test takers to be aware that we are committed to the health and safety of the entire HiSET® community. In the event that a HiSET test center is closed due to health concerns, we will work to make the process as seamless as possible for test takers to reschedule for a later test date at no additional charge or cancel their test date for a full refund. If a test center remains open, please be advised that test takers also have the option to reschedule their test or cancel their test to receive a full refund. ETS will refund the full cost of all HiSET tests including any administrative fees for all test cancellations during the COVID-19 global pandemic.” 

Test centers currently reporting closures:

View the HiSET test center closure list.

These locations are closed in response to local public health concerns around COVID-19. These closures may affect your ability to test at your preferred location. As changes are happening almost daily, please continue to check this list for additional updates.

Seat Availability:

Test centers remain open in some areas. Students can still schedule appointments for available dates on the Scheduling Your HiSET Exam page. We encourage all test takers and test centers to follow all local and state restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19.”

Praxis

“Due to health and safety concerns for test takers and test center staff stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the Praxis® program will offer the following options to all test takers:

  • Waived fees for test rescheduling, if necessary
  • Extended submission dates for the Spring 2020 administration for the PPAT® assessment and PASL, if cooperating K–12 schools are closed for an extended time”

Source: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/ 

Pearson VUE

“Due to increasing concern for the health and safety of our candidates and our employees and in response to government guidance and difficulty procuring the critical hygienic products that keep our test centers safe, we are temporarily closing our U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers starting Tuesday, March 17.

Candidates can reschedule their exams for appointments starting April 16 and beyond if conditions allow. 

If you already have a scheduled exam:

You will receive an email cancellation notice and you will either receive a refund (if paid to Pearson VUE) or an extension as determined by your exam sponsor. We will work with you to reschedule your exam as soon as it is safe to resume test delivery (on or after April 16).”

Source: https://home.pearsonvue.com

UPDATE: NCLEX Essential Services Testing

“Test delivery at a subset of Pearson VUE test centers will commence on Wednesday, March 25. Please note, appointments are available on a first come, first served basis and availability is strictly limited. More appointments and test centers will be available as soon as possible based on staff availability, cleaning and disinfectant supplies, and local government guidance.

You can see test center availability when logged in to your online account. Only open test centers will appear in your search.

Not all test centers will be immediately open due to factors such as local government guidance, business operations, staff availability and the sufficient supply of cleaning and disinfectant materials. More test centers will be available as soon as possible based on staff availability, cleaning and disinfectant supplies, and local government guidance.”

Source: https://home.pearsonvue.com/nclex/essential-services

College Readiness Exams 

College Board and ACT have issued the following statements regarding canceling or rescheduling standardized exams.

SAT 

“In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. We are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

The March 25 SAT School Day administration is postponed. College Board is working with local partners, and we’ll soon share information about weekday school-based SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations scheduled for this spring.”

Source: https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters 

AP 

UPDATE: The AP Program is developing an at-home testing option.

“For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

Source: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

CLEP 

“Test takers whose registration tickets expired on or after March 1 due to the impact of COVID-19 are eligible to receive a CLEP exam voucher that would allow them to take an exam any time between now and June 30th, 2021.

If you purchased a registration ticket that has expired, please contact CLEP Services by emailing clep@info.collegeboard.org with “Exam Voucher – Coronavirus” in the subject line or by calling 800-257-9558. When contacting CLEP, please include your name, address, telephone number, and CLEP exam subject.

Please note that these vouchers are for students who purchased their registration tickets. If you registered for your CLEP exam using a voucher code from your school or another entity, please contact the person who provided the original voucher.”

Source: https://clep.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates 

ACT 

“The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.”

Source: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html 

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