International SAT, TOEFL, ACT Tests Postponed Due to Coronavirus Fears

International Tests Coronavirus

International students in China, Iran, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and other areas have put their educational plans on hold. Due to coronavirus fears, the SAT, ACT, GMAT, and TOEFL exams usually held in February and March have been postponed.

Jaslee Carayol, a College Board spokesperson, also told the Wall Street Journal that “we may need to cancel additional March SAT administrations in other countries.”

Local officials in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Thailand asked ACT company to close the centers. Registered students will have the option of taking any future test, according to Tarah DeSousa, an ACT spokesperson.

ETS, the TOEFL testing agent, reported that 375 Chinese testing sites were closed for February and will remain closed through March. The company is planning on adding more centers in April, if possible, according to ETS spokesperson Allyson Norton.

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Chinese students make up the largest group of international students at U.S. colleges, with nearly 370,000 enrolled.


U.S. colleges and universities are adjusting their international undergraduate and graduate student strategies and deadlines. International students not only provide diversity and scholarship, but a significant source of revenue.

Meredith Siegel, an assistant dead of graduate admissions for Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, told the WSJ that they’re being flexible.

“What we’ve heard from our Boston peer schools is they are all extending deadlines,” she said.

As of the beginning of March 2020, there are over 90,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. China is by far the most effected country, with over 80,000 of the total cases.

3,164 people have died from the virus. Almost 50,000 have recovered or been discharged from care.

104 total cases in the U.S. have been confirmed. Officials in the U.S. state that virus testing kits will be widely available soon. Individuals can practice good prevention habits for all illnesses by washing hands, staying home when sick, and covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

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