Fall/Winter Testing 2020-21

  • In early August, it was announced that ETHS will not be a test site for either the ACT or SAT assessments through December 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. ETHS understands that canceling or rescheduling assessment dates may cause difficulties for some students. The guiding principles of the ETHS Reopening Plan include maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff; maintaining our commitment to equity; and providing consistency and stability for all students and staff.

    Update November 2020: ETHS continues to monitor COVID-19 data in Region 10 and the data is concerning. As of November 1, the 7-day positivity rate was 10.9 percent and the daily positivity rate was 12.9 percent. New mitigation measures are in place in Region 10. 

    Given where we are as of this posting, a January administration of the PSAT/NMSQT is not yet decided.

    PSAT/NMSQT (Grade 11) - Updated 11/5/2020

    In September, ETHS communicated to families that we were exploring offering the winter administration of the PSAT to our juniors. If ETHS is unable to offer the PSAT/NMSQT in January there is an alternate entry available for students to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program without taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT. 

    ETHS will announce a final decision on December 4 or earlier regarding the administration of the PSAT/NMSQT and provide an update on the status of ETHS as a test site for the SAT and ACT assessments. The reason we need to announce the status of the January PSAT/NMSQT by December 4 is that this deadline coincides with the College Board’s deadline for ordering materials. 

    Regarding national test dates, ETHS has no future testing scheduled at this time due to the pandemic.

    SAT (Grades 11 and 12)

    Currently, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is planning for an April administration of the SAT with Essay for all grade 11 and grade 12 students. The SAT is a graduation requirement as referenced in the Illinois School Code and ISBE Rule. In the event that ETHS cannot administer the SAT in the spring, we will work to ensure that students are in compliance with the graduation requirements. 


    See the ACT's COVID update page for information, how to contact customer service, and frequently asked questions. You will also find information about test center cancellations and how to Register for Saturday ACT Exams.


    As a result of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities are being flexible with their testing requirements, decision deadlines, and waiving standardized test scores from the application process for the high school class of 2021. Currently, over 1,450 accredited four year colleges and universities recognize that many students will not be able to access the SAT and ACT tests that are traditionally required in the admission process. According to FairTest, three fifths of four-year colleges and universities are test optional for the Fall 2021 admissions.