There are updated health and safety guidelines for weekend SAT administrations during the 2021-22 school year. Due to health organization guidelines announced on July 27, the College Board is now requiring all students and staff to wear a mask or protective face covering for the duration of their administration, regardless of vaccination status. The College Board will also notify students to bring a mask for test day. While mask requirements have changed due to the recent guidance, students will be 3 feet apart, unless local guidelines are more stringent. Students and staff will also be required to confirm a series of statements (e.g. they don’t have COVID symptoms) prior to entering the test center or testing room. These statements will be provided to test centers on posters.
Conditions around COVID-19, and the resulting recommendations from public health officials, continue to evolve. We appreciate your continued support during these unpredictable times. ACT and our many test-takers also thank you for your efforts in providing a safe and secure testing location. Starting with the September national ACT® test event, we will no longer enforce additional social distancing guidelines. ACT’s mandatory mask policies, however, are still in effect per the current CDC recommendations.
This updated policy goes into effect with the understanding that conditions can vary greatly between locations in the current testing climate. Remember, ACT recommends working with your local health officials and the CDC to follow rules and guidelines that may be in effect in your jurisdiction. Test center personnel are expected to continue to comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
Changes you will see:
- Except where otherwise required by applicable law, rule, or ordinance, ACT’s standard security requirement of a 3' spacing between examinees is in effect, which is consistent with current CDC guidelines.
- The standard proctor ratio of 1:30 is in effect. Please follow your administration instructions to determine appropriate staffing.
- Health screening questions will no longer appear in any test administration instructions to examinees. Rather, ACT messaging in other locations will remind testing staff and examinees to refrain from testing activities if they experience COVID symptoms or follow potential COVID exposure.
- Testing staff is no longer required to post additional COVID-related signage on site.
- Frequent in-day cleaning is no longer required. Per the CDC, in most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low.
ACT understands that certain examinees may express concern about compliance with these testing protocols. Please note, that an examinee refusing to comply with a local regulation may be dismissed.