Online SAT/ACT Prep and Testing Updates

SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Test Prep During COVID-19

Even with standardized testing schedules temporarily disrupted, it’s still the case that strong SAT, ACT, and SAT subject scores will boost your college applications. Now is a great time to get ahead of your test prep so you’re prepared to take the test when you need to.


Our professional test prep tutors are online and ready to help you get where you need to be on your next test.


Get started with online test prep at AJ Tutoring today!


Online Test Prep at AJ Tutoring

Same 1-on-1 test prep tutoring and individualized attention.

Even though we’re exclusively meeting online for the time being, we still take students through the same customized 1-on-1 test prep program. Our tutors teach the content and strategies necessary to succeed on the SAT and ACT.

Same great results that maximize your student’s potential.

Our tutors have a great deal of experience in online tutoring. We’ve worked online with students in southern California, on the east coast, and across the world. Our online students see the same strong score improvements as our in-person students.

Current Status of Standardized Tests

SAT and SAT Subject Tests




  • The April 4 ACT administration was canceled, and many California students also had their June and July ACT tests canceled.
  • The next ACT administration is scheduled for September 12. The ACT recently added new fall 2020 test dates, including 3 dates in September and 4 in October. You can find more information about COVID-19 related changes to ACT testing at the ACT’s website.
  •  If local ACT testing sites are full, continue checking the ACT’s website – new testing sites are periodically added, and seats are still available outside of the Bay Area.

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FAQs about Online Test Prep

How does online tutoring work?

Our tutors meet with their students via virtual videoconferencing platforms such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Conceptboard. Using a virtual whiteboard, tutors can upload images, documents, and any other content needed for the tutoring session, so both tutor and student are looking at and annotating the same materials. Our tutors have all received training on how to effectively use online platforms and have a history of success with both online and in-person tutoring.

Will fall SATs and ACTs happen?

Some Bay Area testing centers will be closed for certain fall tests, but others are currently scheduled to hold the test as planned. Your student should have received an email from the SAT or ACT if their testing center is closed. The College Board added a late September SAT, and the ACT added several new fall testing dates in September and October to accommodate additional demand for these important exams.

For many students, it makes sense to start (or continue) prep now to sustain momentum and build a foundation of test-taking skills and core SAT/ACT content knowledge. Students can then finish the prep with a few targeted review sessions right before they take the test. However, different plans make sense for different students, so please get in touch with us to discuss the best option for your family!

Colleges are going test-optional for 2021 applicants. Does my student still need to take the SAT/ACT?

Though SAT/ACT scores may not be required as part of the class of 2021’s college applications, they’re generally still recommended. As is true every year, colleges will still only be able to admit a limited number of applicants, so strong test scores are a way to differentiate yourself. 

If your student prepared for a March/April test, they’ve done most of the hard work already, and will be in a good position to succeed on the test and boost their application.

SAT/ACT scores may also still be required for some scholarship applications and athletic eligibility.

Testing sites seem to be full. What should we do?

Keep checking the College Board and ACT’s website! Explore standby testing options. Every week or so, additional testing sites are added, and more dates may be added in the future. The bottom line is that the tests will happen in some form, and the College Board and ACT are committed to giving students an opportunity to take college admissions tests.

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