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NACAC, ACT, College Board, and Common App Join International ACAC Presidents in Encouraging Support for Those Impacted by the Coronavirus Outbreak

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) joins the International ACAC presidents in encouraging members to be mindful of the impacts of the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak on students, families, staff, and colleagues and to take action where necessary.

School closures, the cancellation of scheduled standardized test dates (currently ACT, TOEFL, and IELTS February test dates), the postponement of college fairs and college visits, and limitations on travel may affect students in the college admission cycle, the counselors who support them, and admission officers who may be traveling to meet with prospective students.   

NACAC encourages flexibility with admission deadlines that may be impacted by this situation. Open communication between counselors and admission officers about any disruptions and possible accommodations is encouraged.

Note that some schools may be closed, limiting access and communication. Discussing ways to support admission and recruitment staff who may live in affected areas or face impacted spring recruitment travel is advised. Counselors and admission professionals may also consider contributing to campus conversations about supporting international students who may need to remain on campus during upcoming breaks.

NACAC association colleagues also urged flexibility for students, families, and counselors in the affected areas and offered updates on their respective programs and services.

ACT

Due to the recent government-ordered school closures related to the coronavirus outbreak, ACT has decided to cancel the Chinese administration of the ACT that was scheduled for Feb. 7 and 8. This decision was made out of concern for the safety of students and testing staff and to comply with instructions from the Chinese government.

ACT will reschedule your students’ registration to the next administration, scheduled to occur April 3 and 4, at no cost to them. If they do not wish to take the ACT, they may receive a refund of the February registration fee. Students who paid the registration fee with a voucher are not eligible to receive a refund. Students are being instructed to contact ACT Customer Care before the regular registration deadline of the April testing administration, March 13, if they are requesting a refund or a different test date.

If you have any questions, please contact ACT Test Administration by email, OSUS@act.org or by calling (319) 337-1526 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT).

College Board

The March 14 SAT administration is currently scheduled to proceed as planned at the Hong Kong Expo Center. We are closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Hong Kong as well as in other areas impacted by the coronavirus. Should the situation necessitate any changes to the SAT administration, students will be notified directly. If students have any questions about their registrations in the meantime, please have them contact Customer Service at +1-866-756-7346.

Common App

Common App has reached out to its 900+ member institutions to echo NACAC's calls for flexibility and to remind them of the tools they have available to support students and schools. They also maintain an FAQ for students impacted by natural disasters and community disruptions such as this one.

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 We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

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