District Guidance Resources (March-June 2020)
Update on Working Papers- Posted June 19
Admissions Update from Westchester Community College
As many of you know, we were unable to host many of the Application Days with fee waivers we normally host at your school due to the COVID-19 situation. So, I wanted to share some good news. In lieu of the Application Days and to assist students affected by the COVID-19 situation, we are offering online application fee waivers to students who attend our Admissions Virtual Information Sessions and are applying for the Fall 2020 semester. If you know students who have not applied to Westchester Community College yet and are interested in applying for the Fall 2020 semester, please refer them to our Admissions Virtual Information Sessions. To RSVP and for dates, times and zoom link, interested students can visit www.sunywcc.edu/tour.
Financial Aid Information with Saint Rose College - May 20
Virtual Workshop: Changing Environments: Tips and Tricks for the First Year Experience
With high school nearly out of sight and college around the corner it can bring a host of emotions. Incoming college freshman are encouraged to attend this webinar to gain a comprehensive understanding of the new norm that awaits this fall. We will unpack tools that will help first-year students navigate their new environment and learn to pinpoint student support services that will better prepare them for college life.
Join us on this 75-minute virtual workshop to learn more about how to better prepare for college life this fall.
Suggested Audience: Students entering college in fall,\.
Date: Thursday, June 11
Time: 10:30am to 11:45am PDT | 1:30pm to 2:45pm EDT
Registration is online via Eventbrite: https://tgrworkshop-firstyearcollegeexperience.eventbrite.com
Once registered, a separate email will be sent regarding Zoom access information.
The TGR Foundation also has a new video series. Our newest video series, #CollegeTidbit, provides students with a rundown of college-related topics in five minutes or less. Hosted by our in-house college access team, students will gain valuable tips and tools to prepare them for their first year of college and beyond. You can access it via our website at www.tgrfoundation.org or the link below.
Students ages 14-17 who wish to obtain working papers during COVID-19 school closure should:
Please fill out the top of form AT17 including parent/guardian signature. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/AT17-0320Fillable.pdf
Questions and/or completed forms should be emailed to email@example.com
When received, the application will be processed and an employment certificate will be mailed to a home address with instructions on where the student should sign.
To avoid delay, please make sure the application is legible and includes student's information and parent/guardian signature.
Once school buildings reopen, we will return to our original process.
Link to Join (active five minutes prior to start time)
Thursday, May 21
Visit www.sunywcc.edu/tour to RSVP and for link to join on
Thursday, May 28
Visit www.sunywcc.edu/tour to RSVP and for link to join on
Tuesday, June 2
Visit www.sunywcc.edu/tour to RSVP and for link to join on
Thursday, June 11
Join us on June 11 to learn more about our Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Program. You will have the opportunity to hear from and direct questions to the Curriculum Chair and Faculty!
Visit www.sunywcc.edu/tour to RSVP and for link to join on
Tuesday, June 16
Visit www.sunywcc.edu/tour to RSVP and for link to join on
Pace University is offering a High School Bridge Program for rising high school seniors this summer. This program gives students the opportunity to start taking college-level courses through a University before they even begin their senior year of high school!
This year, out of an abundance of caution and the University’s desire to maintain a safe and healthy environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the High School Bridge Program will be held virtually and course offerings will be delivered as an interactive online experience.
The High School Bridge program offers 100-level courses taught by Pace faculty at a rate of only $150 per credit.
We are offering plenty of options for students to participate in classes during our Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions! Applications are being accepted until the semesters begin, so be sure to encourage your students to apply today!
Summer 1: May 26 – July 11
Summer 2: July 13 – August 22
Questions about the High School Bridge program? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TROUBLESHOOTING AP EXAMS
Collegeboard is working hard in the background to figure out why some students are encountering issues and have created a troubleshooting page for students. I want to assure you that we have no desire for students to have issues and we understand the frustration of students and parents. I want to share this page and draw your attention to a few of the most common issues. I’ve only copied a few of the issues below, so review and share the whole page with students.
- Recommended browsers:
- Chrome™ (recommended) - Download latest version
- Firefox - Download latest version
- Safari® - Download latest version
- Microsoft Edge (Chromium) - Download the latest version
- Internet Explorer is not supported.
- Browser plug-ins/extensions: Turn off all browser plug-ins or extensions (e.g., Grammarly), except for any that you use for accessibility (screen readers, etc.).
High school counselors, students and families are invited to attend a virtual SUNY Information Session designed to support students with disabilities as they transition from high school to college.
Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities
Thursday, May 21, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
We will explore the differences between the accommodations processes in high school and in college, developing skills for college readiness, and student rights and responsibilities.
- Nazely Kurkjian, Coordinator of Disability, Diversity, and Nontraditional Student Services at SUNY System Administration
- Joseph Plutz, Director, Office of Disability Services at the Fashion Institute of Technology
- Lauren Rodriguez, Director, Office of Disability Resources at Purchase College
The Disability Services Office at SUNY Westchester Community College (WCC) will be hosting a VIRTUAL Information Session on May 20th, from 11-1. There will be presentations by Admissions, Testing and Assessment Center, Academic Support Center, Opportunity Programs and the Disability Services counselors and coach.
Summer and Volunteer Opportunities
Don't let the CoronaVirus completely sideline your summer plans. There are still opportunities for you to gain some volunteer or enrichment experience, including some free options! Check out these current and summer enrichment and volunteer opportunities:
Various Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.volunteernewyork.org/vvc
Free 2-week virtual coding summer camp for girls - applications due May 10 https://www.kodewithklossy.com/CUNY's College Now Classes
THE ACT - Demystifying the Financial Aid Appeals Process
The Guidance Department invites you to a Financial Aid Information Night. Please join Steven Dwire from The College of Saint Rose for a live event on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm. Please click on the link to register:
Strive Virtual College Exploration
Today's presentations, Monday, May 4, feature all universities located outside the United States. From Canada, to the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and more!
The rest of the week, Tuesday-Friday, has nearly 100 more presentations from colleges and universities from around the country to choose from. Be sure to share this with your students!
Registration for students and counselors is open! www.strivescan.com/virtualThe program features:
- 200+ college information sessions
- Institutions from 37 states across the country
- Monday, May 4 is dedicated to opportunities at international universities
- Day and evening options
- Free and open to students nationwide
Browse the schedule or search based on topic, state, or specific college/university. They can also get more information on each institution presenting, including the school’s location, size, average GPA, test scores, and Test Optional status.
Registration - Students and counselors should register for each presentation that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. (They’ll also receive a barcode, but the barcode is not necessary for this virtual event.)
A message from the guidance department to our sophomores: If you are interested in applying to the BOCES program, please reach out to your counselor immediately. All BOCES applications are due and need to be submitted ASAP. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.
The State University of New York (SUNY)is excited to announce our first ever virtual college fairs!
Thursday, May 14, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 16, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The fair will include representatives from nearly every SUNY campus. During the fair, students will be able to communicate with campus representatives using text and video chat.
This is a unique opportunity to explore all of the opportunities at The State University of New York: challenging academics; innovative research; global study; and financial support.
We hope juniors and their families will attend. Please ask students to register at
Update on SAT Administration
We're working to ensure that students will have opportunities to take the SAT® to make up for this spring’s lost administrations. Today we're sharing with you that we've added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.
Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.
If you have questions, call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international). We'll also regularly update our webpage with information.
This year's at-home AP® Exams begin on Monday, May 11.
Exam Details. Students can take their AP Exams online on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll also have the option to write their responses by hand and submit a photo.
• Exam Schedule with Course-Specific Exam Information
• Taking AP Exams Online
• Exam Security
Exam Communications. Over the coming weeks, email will continue to be the primary way we reach out to you and your students. Please remind your school community to mark email@example.com as part of their approved sender lists and encourage them to update their cell phone numbers in their College Board accounts.
Exam Prep. Earlier this week, we reached out to AP students to understand how they're preparing for AP Exams and what additional information or resources they'll need. And today we shared information with AP teachers about their students' exam-taking intentions, asking them for their help in ensuring students are aware of changes to this year's AP Exams. Please check in with your AP teachers for access to that information.
Free Online Learning. Students can tune in to live online AP classes and review, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. ET, hosted by AP teachers from across the country. On-demand recordings also allow students to watch at a time that's best for them and their families. Teachers can use these lessons to supplement their online instruction or they can assign these lessons as independent learning for students.
• Online AP Classes and Review
Student Practice on AP Classroom. When students log in to AP Classroom, they'll now see free-response questions that can help them practice their knowledge and skills as they prepare for this year's AP Exams. They'll see scoring criteria to help them revise their responses and they can get direct feedback from their teachers. Students don't need a lockdown browser to complete free-response questions on AP Classroom.
• Log in to My AP
And, here are a few helpful links to make sure everyone in your school community has the latest information about this year's AP Exams.
• Updates for Educators
• Updates for Students
• Updates for Coordinators
Marist College Policy Updates due to COVID-19
- Pass/Fail grading scales: Your high school should have a grading system that is best for your students. I recognize Marist applicants will have P/F grades for the next four admission cycles and we are prepared to review students holistically and with great compassion, as always.
- Changes to AP and IB exams: Our current AP credit policy will still stand, despite the College Board's recent announcement. IB scoring policies will also remain in place. However, student success is paramount at Marist, so there may be cases where the subject matter is deemed critical and a prerequisite for additional coursework and the credit would be accepted as elective credit. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with student knowledge and preparation the biggest driver in our decision.
- SAT and ACT exams: Marist is, and has been for some time, a test-optional institution. Students who do not wish to submit test scores to us will not be penalized, and do not need to complete additional requirements to complete their application. Test-optional candidates are reviewed equally for admission and for merit scholarships.
- Demonstrated interest: We certainly understand the challenge of crafting a college list without visiting a campus or hearing from our representatives on the road. However, our staff is as ready and available to assist you and your students as they were before! We're offering multiple virtual events each day, students are still able to call, email, or text our office with any questions, and we still are hopeful we can run our summer events and pre-college programs. Staff is available for individual appointments as well.
- Extended application deadlines: With many students rethinking their fall plans in light of this pandemic, you may have seniors who are revisiting their college list. If you have students who would still like to apply to Marist, we will continue to accept freshman applications on a rolling basis.
Southern Westchester College Conference Online
June SAT and future 2020 SAT
The College Board announces today that the June SAT is canceled. See their website for more info:
We are now offering virtual services:
Information Sessions are available on a daily basis and will highlight academic programs, student life, career services, special programs and campus facilities. The Admissions Counselor leading the session will be happy to answer any questions your students may have.
One-on-One Counseling Sessions with an admissions counselor are also available to accepted students if they would like more information about academic programs or the admission/enrollment process. Under the current circumstances, we know that this process may be especially confusing, and we are here to make it as easy as possible.
An Admissions Q & A web-page is available, which has answers to commonly asked questions. Of course, if your students have questions that do not appear here, please ask them to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our campus through our Virtual Tour. Not only will they see our 37-acre suburban-like campus, but they will also be able to tour our buildings and learn about Lehman's outstanding facilities and programs.
Virtual Open House: Experience Westchester Community College!
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 1 PM
Register for access to our Virtual Open House event
- Take a virtual campus tour
- Learn about our degree, certificate, and community education classes
- Get your questions answered
Learn more about Professional Development and Community Education courses.
Discover the many resources we offer our students to aid in their success: tutoring, scholarships, financial aid, and more.
Learn about our recreation and athletic opportunities.
SUNY Virtual Events include:
- SUNY Information Sessions featuring 40+ Campuses
- Which SUNY Are You? Information Sessions
- Financial Aid Information Sessions
AP Classroom Support for Remote Learning and Practice
Sign in to AP Classroom
Now more than ever, we appreciate your feedback on how AP® can best serve you and your students. Here are the latest updates to AP Classroom to better support remote learning, practice, and feedback. We've also included additional information about resources to help you and your students leading up to this year's exams.
Updates for Students
Sign in to see how we’ve:
Highlighted free AP live classes on every student's homepage, and added links to recorded classes on key topics and review concepts.
Enabled all free-response questions to be taken by students at home on any device, without requiring the LockDown Browser.
Provided optional, self-paced student practice, with free-response questions to help students practice their knowledge and skills as they prepare for the exam. Students can see scoring criteria from past exams to help revise their responses.
Added each student's written or uploaded response to their student report, so they can view their response alongside scores and get feedback from teachers.
Helped students stay signed in, especially during online tests.
Updates for Teachers
Sign in to see how we've:
Made it easy to provide additional practice quizzes by clicking Add Questions when you search or filter the question bank.
Improved scoring so teachers can score the same question across all students, and choose which student's response to evaluate next.
Highlighted the free-response questions from previous AP Exams shared with students for practice, and enabled teachers to view student progress and optionally score student responses to provide feedback.
Added each student's written or uploaded response to class and student reports.
Helped you stay signed in if you spend more than two hours on College Board websites.
Please continue to share feedback and help us resolve any technical issues by contacting us in the Help menu in AP Classroom.
Join a Webinar for Your Discipline
Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of Advanced Placement® and Instruction, and AP course leads will host optional, discipline-specific webinars in the coming weeks.
April 14–16: Q&A about AP testing this year. Register now.
April 28–30: Walk through the at-home exam day experience and available supports. Register now.
Help Students Cross the Digital Divide
Working with partners, we're investing so all students have the tools and connectivity they need to access AP resources online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact us directly to let us know by April 24.
For the latest AP information and updates, please visit AP Central®.
Summit Educational Group
Summit has always been committed to providing our constituents – students, parents, and counselors – with sane and sensible testing advice and the most up-to-date information on college admissions testing. It feels more important now than ever before that we fulfill that promise.
To that end, we’ve created a resource page for juniors, sophomores, and their families, and we update it regularly. We are also hosting frequently scheduled webinars to address all of the current testing-related issues.
It’s a difficult and, in many instances, devastating time for so many individuals, businesses, and institutions around the world. My sister lives in northern Italy, and my brother is on the verge of shutting down his restaurant. No one is really “immune” to COVID-19, and at a minimum, we are all testing positive for deep, COVID-related angst.
For juniors and their parents, though, there is a specific kind of anxiousness as the normal process for applying to college has been turned on its head. SAT and ACT test dates have been canceled. Shortened versions of AP exams will be offered for students to take at home. Grades for the second half of the year are uncertain. Sports and other extracurricular activities have all been canceled. And there is uncertainty about how colleges will view applicants from the high school class of 2021.
I hope the notes below provide some reassurance and clarity as you navigate this process.
The March SAT, April ACT, and May SAT have all been canceled. Neither College Board nor ACT has made an official announcement about the June dates but expect an announcement soon. Students should operate on the assumption that the June dates will happen, but given that entire states have canceled school for the year (e.g., Virginia and Michigan), we suspect that June test dates will be canceled soon.
Even if June gets canceled, there are still the usual summer and fall test dates. Students should take comfort. First, and most importantly, summer and fall dates will give students who have yet to sit for an official SAT or ACT an opportunity to take a test once or twice. Secondly, the data show that students score their best on the SAT and ACT the later they take it. Maturity matters. Lastly, tests taken before November will generally be accepted for early admissions. See our resource page for test dates and test planning recommendations.
The College Board is suggesting that it will introduce additional test dates. The biggest effort is toward working with schools to schedule an additional national test day and/or offer more “School Day” administrations. Learn more here. It is considering dates from July through September. Getting schools on board will be the biggest challenge. Stay tuned.
The College Board’s second, parallel effort is creating a platform for offering digital tests. The pandemic and the possibility that schools won’t open in the fall have created urgency around a heretofore slower move toward digital testing. The primary obstacles are test security and equity. Online testing is not uncommon – the GRE and TOEFL are both offering “at-home” digital testing – but administering 2,000,000+ tests? Nothing to that scale has been done before. Hard to say how quickly they could get something launched, but they are pouring substantial resources into this digital effort.
Unless you’ve already locked in an SAT or ACT score, students should de-prioritize Subject Tests in favor of an SAT or ACT. There are no longer any schools that require Subject Tests from all applicants, and those 12 or so selective schools that recommend them are downplaying their importance this year. This message on Harvard’s website is typical: “You will not be disadvantaged in any way if you do not submit Subject Tests.”
On the heels of canceling the usual AP exam dates, the College Board has developed 45-minute, online, free-response exams that students can do at home on any device. Most exams will consist of one or two free-response questions. Dates and details were released Friday. Exams will be offered from May 11-22. See here for the specifics.
You are not alone. Almost every junior in the country is experiencing the same nervousness and facing the same disruptions. Colleges are keenly aware and understanding. Some are going test-optional for this high school class of 2021, and more will do the same before summer is over. And colleges that are asking for scores are softening their language if not their requirements.
From Tulane University: “We understand that the decisions College Board and ACT are making are completely out of your control. Tulane evaluates applications holistically and test scores are just a part of the application. We completely understand that you may only be able to take one test before you submit your application. We also will not ding anyone who does not take the AP/IB tests for their class.”
From Yale University: “Yale requires all applicants for first-year and transfer admission to report results from the ACT or SAT. At this time, we expect there will be sufficient opportunities for all applicants to complete the ACT or SAT before the next admissions deadlines. If Yale’s policies change, we will provide public notice as soon as possible. All other standardized tests (i.e. SAT subject tests, AP exams, IB exams, A-Level exams) are optional. We do not expect students currently enrolled in academic-year courses associated with any of these tests to complete these exams in spring or summer 2020. Students may choose to complete these exams this year if circumstances allow, or not.”
From Vassar College: “Vassar College will waive its admission requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT test scores, President Elizabeth H. Bradley announced. The new pilot policy will go into effect for the 2020–21 admission cycle. The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions for students, with some tests having been canceled, and with families facing other extraordinary circumstances that make taking these tests at this time an undue burden.”
Even with the “softening,” we’d encourage students to put their best foot forward on the testing front. If you were planning to take an AP test, then prepare for and take the in-home version. You have nothing to lose. If they’re good, send them. If not, no one needs to know. Similarly, do your best on the SAT and ACT whenever you take them. Submitting strong, above-average scores provides colleges another data point that shows off your skills.
And lastly, my philosophical spin on the crisis: There will be positives that emerge from this crisis, locally and globally. It’s forced us to slow down, or at least forced us to try to come to grips with slowing down – an endeavor that might prove more valuable than racing to the next activity or toward the next goal.
Meanwhile, Summit continues to operate at full capacity, offering our test prep/tutoring and practice tests in the online environment that has become the norm for students. I encourage you to reach out to me or any member of the Summit team at any time with questions.
From all of us at Summit, we wish you all peace, safety, and health.
The link below is for free AP test prep in addition to SAT and ACT test prep through Kaplan in conjunction with Naviance.
College Board https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates
A Message from the Guidance Department:
New Practice Exam and Student Support
On March 20 and March 24, we sent you an email explaining that we're providing flexible online testing and optional instruction to support schools and students as they deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This year, traditional face-to-face exam administrations will be replaced with 45-minute online free-response exams that students can take at home.
In preparation, we've enabled the free-response section of all practice exams, available on AP® Classroom, to be taken remotely by students. Teachers can also continue to assign topic questions and personal progress checks as homework.
In addition, a new practice exam is now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank, along with scoring guidelines and a scoring worksheet.
Using AP Classroom for Remote Learning
We recognize that teachers are navigating the challenges of the current situation differently. If you’re using AP Classroom to provide remote instruction, you can:
- Assign practice exams by multiple-choice and free-response section for students to take online or in print.
- Use individual practice exam questions on your own custom assessments.
- Assign free-response questions online so students can practice using mobile phones, tablets, or computers. Students using phones can use speech-to-text and upload documents.
- If you'd like to assign the multiple-choice section online for easier scoring, use the free LockDown Browser, which keeps students from accessing the internet while testing.
This one-page overview (.pdf/521 KB) includes tips on using AP Classroom with students at home.
Real-Time Feedback Available Through Personal Progress Checks
Teachers can still use personal progress checks. They can ensure students build mastery of content and skills, with real-time feedback to prioritize additional practice before the AP Exam.
Additional Student Support
Students and teachers can now attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The classes are designed as a flexible supplement, aligned to the course and exam description topic structure.
These optional courses are mobile-friendly and available on-demand. The course schedule (.pdf/456 KB) is available online, along with information about what will be covered this week. All times on the schedule are Eastern Time. We'll continue to post updates as they're available. We encourage you to pass information about the courses along to your students.
For the latest information, please visit AP Central®.
Throughout this school year, students have worked diligently in their Advanced Placement courses. As we navigate through the uncharted events regarding COVID-19, we are working to keep everyone updated with the latest information and status of culminating exams. On, March 20, College Board shared information regarding the administration of these exams.
- Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
- There will be two different testing dates for students to choose from. Those dates and additional testing information will be available by April 3rd.
- Tests will be 45 minutes in length and students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
- Material assessed will only consist of the material taught up until March of 2020.
- Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
- Should a student want to cancel their exam, they can do so with no penalty.
- As Test security is also a concern, the exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
- Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.
Virtual College Admissions Workshop Series - Posted March 24, 2020
Navigating the college search and decision process can be difficult. The University of Rochester's College Admissions Workshop Series is designed to give you an opportunity to learn directly from our admissions staff on important focused topics related to the college admissions process. Our staff will guide you through each topic and be available to answer any questions you may have as prepare to apply to the University of Rochester or other institutions. Topics include finding the right fit, the college essay, the college interview, and selective college admissions. Click the link below to sign up.
Each workshop series will be offered from 9:00–10:00 am EDT and 12:00–1:00 pm EDT. https://enrollment.rochester.edu/virtual-events/
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) - As a service to students and families, NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Information From College Admissions
Resources and information to support students
College Search Tools and Virtual Tours Tips - Posted March 20, 2020