Updated: Jun 3
With the SAT cancellation in June, some schools have opted to go test-optional for the 2020-2021 cycle, while other schools have only slightly relaxed their testing requirements. Juniors, work to stay updated on whether schools on your college list have become test optional. FairTest is a good reference. Be sure to double check with the college's website as well.
Below, I will highlight a few colleges as a snapshot of the current situation. Please be sure to do your own research! If you haven't made a college list yet, I encourage you to do so (after AP exams!) and use this video as a guide.
Harvard relaxed the AP exam and two SAT Subject Tests recommendation. Note that the SAT Subject Test (considered SAT II) is NOT the same as the regular SAT I. It looks like you still have to take the SAT I or ACT, so plan on that for the fall. Harvard is not test optional.
Stanford has also relaxed its SAT Subject Test and AP exam recommendations. However, it has not gone test-optional. The SAT or ACT are still required to apply.
The University of California (UC System including UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, etc.) has not relaxed their testing requirements. You still need to take the SAT I. SAT II's are not required but are recommended.
Northwestern University still requires the SAT I. Homeschool students have to take 3 SAT Subject Tests. Those applying to the Honors Program in Medical Education or Integrated Science Program also need to submit additional SAT Subject Test scores.
Amherst has suspended the SAT/ACT testing requirement and is now test optional.
Oberlin College is also test optional.
As you can see, there are still several schools that require you to take the SAT I.
Remember that you should reserve two SAT testing sessions for the SAT I, especially if any colleges on your list superscore. Superscoring is when a school will take the highest score of each category among all your testing sessions. Let's say you took the SAT in August and got a 700 for the Reading and Writing section and a 790 for Math. You take the test again in October and score 760 for Reading and Writing, and 750 for Math. Your superscore will be 760+790=1550.
When you plan out your SAT testing dates, keep the college application deadline in mind. This deadline will vary from school to school. Make sure you will be able to send your scores to colleges in time before their testing deadline. The College Board offers an expedited process, but it's always better to plan ahead and hopefully not have to depend on this. Keep in mind the situation with Covid-19 changes often, so be sure to keep yourself updated!