Florida universities won’t waive SAT/ACT requirement

Oct 16, 2020 by

Many high school seniors are facing a pandemic-induced hurdle as they prepare to apply to college: They’ve not been able to take the required standardized tests.

The virus forced many schools to cancel SAT and ACT tests, and Florida public universities require those test scores for admissions. Unlike most other states, Florida has refused to back away from that requirement.

As a result, parents and students have been anxious as the Nov. 1 deadline to apply approaches.

“There’s been very limited opportunities for students to take the test. So the anxiety level was really high with our families,” said Sharon Krantz, the executive director of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ division of student services.

In South Florida, where schools shut down for a longer period of time, fewer tests were available to students than in other parts of the state. Some students traveled out-of-county to take tests. Meanwhile, school counselors worry that low-income families could be disproportionately and negatively affected.

Source: Florida universities won’t waive SAT/ACT requirement | Miami Herald

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