The College Board has cancelled the March and May 2020 SATs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the rest of the UAE because of the coronavirus.
Here’s what they posted on the College Board website:
Since the March and May SATs are cancelled in Dubai, what should you do now? Here’s what we recommend:
1. Do NOT drive to Oman to take the test.
The SAT may still be happening in Oman because the country isn’t affected by the coronavirus, but you can’t take it there. You would have had to have registered to take the SAT there already. It would not be possible for you to change your test center to one in Oman at this point either.
Besides, if you are taking the March or May 2020 SATs, your college deadlines won’t be until November 2020 or later, so you have time to take the SAT in August or October. That’s even if you are doing SAT Subject Tests as well.
2. Register for the May 2020 exam IMMEDIATELY! (Update below)
UPDATE: The May 2020 SAT has been cancelled all around the world as well. The June SAT will only take place in the USA, not in countries outside of America. The next international SAT will be August 29, 2020. As of now, the SAT Subject Tests can still be taken in June.
It is very likely that once flu season is over, schools will reopen and things will go back to somewhat normal.
Therefore, the May SAT will probably still happen.
You need to register to take it immediately, so that you beat the rush of people rescheduling their March exams. It is possible that there will be a shortage of SAT seats in Dubai for the May exam, so you want to be sure you get yours.
But, “What about my refund?” you ask.
You will receive a full refund for the SAT from the College Board. However, it takes them up to 6 weeks to issue the refunds, so the registration deadline for the May exam would have already passed by the time you receive your refund.
It is better to spend the money to take the next SAT now, and get refunded later.
But, “What about my May exams?” you ask.
Well, if anything, the school closures across the UAE give you more time to prepare for both. If you continue your SAT and exam preparation, you will be in good shape to sit for both.
Which brings us to our next point…
3. Keep going with your SAT prep!
If you’ve finished reviewing all the content for the exam, you need to do at least 1 practice test a week to stay on top of your prep. Here’ what we recommend:
Day 1 - Full length practice test
Day 2 - Score and review the test thoroughly
Day 3 - Review
Day 4 - Chill
4. Do at least 4 full length tests.
Since you’ve got plenty of time now, you need to focus on working as many problems as possible, so you get inside the mind of the SAT.
Here are links to all the best tests online. We’ve also uploaded the 2 tests the College Board took off of their site (Tests 2 and 4).