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College Board cancels June SAT tests and floats an ‘unlikely’ scenario: college admission exams at home

The spring wave of SAT cancellations continued Wednesday as the College Board announced it will scrap a national session of the college admission test on June 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now comes what the testing organization calls an ‘‘unlikely’’ scenario: the prospect that the high-stakes SAT could be administered online, and at home, this fall.

The public health crisis that shuttered schools from coast to coast in March has taken an extraordinary toll on the education system, including admission testing for 11th-grade students who are thinking about college.

Without venues for students to gather en masse under the eyes of testing proctors, the College Board this spring has canceled SAT sessions for an estimated 1 million high school juniors who would have been taking it for the first time.


Significant disruptions have also hit the rival ACT test. The next ACT national session is scheduled for June 13, but whether it will proceed remains unclear.

College Board officials said they want to alleviate student anxieties.

College Board chief executive David Coleman said the College Board will expand normal testing in the fall, if the public health emergency eases and schools reopen.

But to launch an at-home version of the multiple-choice SAT would set a major precedent, raising huge questions about test security and access to computers and the Internet for students from low-income families.

The College Board said it has been using digital versions of the SAT in several states and districts: ‘‘While the idea of at-home SAT testing is new, digital delivery of the test is not.’’