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SAT/PSAT

Whether you first target the PSAT or focus only on the SAT, we will design a program custom-fit to your needs.

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ACT

Interest in the ACT has grown rapidly as more students have discovered it as a viable alternative to the SAT.

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Subject Tests

Subject Tests are relevant at a number of the most selective colleges. Good timing is critical to peak performance.

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ISEE/SSAT/HSPT

These tests are often a student’s first encounter with “high stakes” testing, so prep is aimed at assuaging anxiety.

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Our Reputation

"Compass is an invaluable resource for us. Their approach to testing is smart and reasonable. Their sophomore parent testing evenings are of the highest quality – useful, comprehensive, well-researched, and delivered with compelling and fresh insight."

− Laura Hotchkiss, Director of Upper School, Marlborough School

"I appreciate the research and development that Compass shares regarding college admission tests. In their presentations, Compass illuminates what these tests DO and DON'T measure, which enables our students to separate their test scores from their identities. The tone of these events is overwhelmingly positive and optimistic."

− Jeff Morrow, Director of College Counseling, Oaks Christian School

"When students and parents ask me for test prep options, I provide a list. When they ask for recommendations, I provide only one. The directors of Compass are honest, respected, and smart. They are more interested in teaching and guiding than in selling — a refreshing find in test preparation."

− Jon Reider, Director of College Counseling, San Francisco University High School

"Compass' seminar has been a tremendous benefit to my 10th graders and their parents each year for the last decade. The Compass leadership is in a class of its own; they are the foremost experts in the field with the highest ethical standards."

− James Skrumbis, Head of School, Sierra Canyon School

"We only receive positive feedback from families who have prepared with Compass. In a service industry that often feels 'transactional,' Compass makes a student's well-being and his or her specific needs the focal point."

− Tamar Adegbile, Former Upper School Dean, Harvard-Westlake School

"I continually look to Compass to provide the students and parents I work with the proper perspective on testing. As a college counselor who employs a student-centered process, I have found Compass to be well-informed, comprehensive, and engaging to my students' and comforting to their parents. Most importantly, they are completely in synch with our philosophy and reinforce our message perfectly."

− Cesar Guerrero, Director of College Counseling, Stuart Hall High School

"I only trust Compass to speak to the sophisticated audience at my school about college admissions testing and preparation. I love seeing the looks on their faces when they hear what Compass has to say in their informed, straight-talking, helpful presentations. Students feel much more at ease and families walk away with real insight into testing."

− Krista Klein, Co-Director of College Counseling, Lick-Wilmerding High School

"Our families gravitate toward Compass because its tutors and staff honor each student, appreciating his or her unique strengths and weaknesses. Compass is the gold standard within the industry of test preparation. "

− Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Counseling, Campbell Hall

"When we refer families to Compass, we know that we are connecting them to professionals who can manage the entirety of the admission testing process. Students often say how much they love their tutors and how much their scores have improved."

− Molly Branch, Co-Director of College Counseling, Windward School

"Compass’ presentation was, by far, the best one we have ever had on admission testing. The content was spot on and the delivery was wonderful: clear, articulate, warm, and reassuring. Our parents were extremely complimentary and said they felt much better."

− Gail Devine, College Counselor, Louisville High School

"Concerned about the changes to the 2016 SAT, I had invited Compass to our Sophomore College & Academic Planning Night. We had never had a test prep company speak to our families in the past. The presentation was informative, professional, and calming - Compass has an open invite for the future!"

− Jennifer Thomas, College Counselor, Maybeck High School

"Compass presenters manage to take a calm and light-hearted approach while also being professional in their delivery. Their talks strike the perfect balance - reducing anxiety while providing families with solid guidance regarding admission tests. Also, their materials, including the College Admission Testing Guide, are thoughtfully compiled by professionals I trust. "

− Steffany Perez, Co-Director of College Counseling, Oakwood School

"I receive nothing but positive feedback following Compass' presentations. They have a natural way of putting families at ease, which is so important given the angst around standardized testing and college admissions. I highly recommend Compass to my colleagues and invite them back to our campus every year!"

− Lisa Neumaier, College & Career Specialist, Sir Francis Drake High School

"We enjoyed Compass' presentation and found it comforting to realize that their recommendations and information were so in tune with Presentation's philosophy on standardized testing. Compass eased the fears of our parents rather then exacerbating them, a definite must for families entering the college process."

− MaryLynne Rodriguez, College Counselor, Presentation High School

"Compass' ability to marry clarity and depth of knowledge is a significant asset to the Urban School. Each time Compass presents, I walk away reassured that our students and parents are getting honest, well-researched information about college admission testing. This assurance is confirmed by the waves of appreciative emails I receive from families."

− Lauren Gersick, Associate Director of College Counseling, the Urban School of San Francisco

"With all of the anxiety around college admissions testing and the redesigned SAT, Compass' presentation could not have been more timely and relevant for our students and parents. They have great skill at explaining the complex nuances of testing, while still making it clear enough for everyone to understand."

− David Rion, Director of College Counseling, Sonoma Academy

"Compass has been an invaluable resource for our families. Their staff is outstanding and have provided our students and parents with exceptional presentations to help demystify testing. In addition, the wealth of information and testing support they have provided to our families have been instrumental in helping our students achieve their best scores. We greatly value the collaborative effort provided by Compass to best support our students."

− Clara Bird, Director of College Counseling, Providence High School

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