Admission Testing Resources – Quick Reference

Following is a quick-reference list of our most popular admission testing resources and blog posts:

1. Guide to Testing
This 80+ page free resource serves as a single source of answers for any questions that could possibly arise related to admission tests. Printed copies are available upon request.

2. Competitive scores
Concorded new SAT score ranges and ACT score ranges at 360 popular colleges. Adjusts for the new SAT’s inflated scale and gives students a sense of where they stand.

3. Comparing scores
How to compare new SAT scores to old SAT and ACT scores using the same concordance data that colleges use to understand scores. Related: how the SAT and ACT are scaled explains why students should not choose tests or test dates based on misguided notions of the “curve.”

4. Understanding the choice between the SAT and ACT
ACT is now more popular than the SAT, even among the highest-scoring students. Who are the students who should choose the less popular SAT and why? What kind of leisure reading will help you on the SAT and ACT, why not to be afraid of ACT Science, how to interpret the new ACT score report, and how to handle the ACT’s aggressive pacing.

5. SAT/ACT essay
An up to date list of which colleges require or recommend the SAT or ACT essay, an explanation of the ACT essay scoring changes and resulting confusion, a comparison of what each assignment asks of students, and more detailed guidance on SAT essay strategies and ACT essay strategies.

6. Score policies and repeat testing
Super-scoring and Score Choice policies for 360 popular colleges listing which combine scores across test dates and which require submission of all scores. Also a discussion of how to evaluate repeat testing decisions.

7. Subject Tests
Which colleges require or recommend Subject Tests, a detailed Subject Tests FAQ, an analysis of what is a “good” Subject Test score, an assessment of the five most popular Subject Tests, and discussion of what the future holds for Subject Tests and why fewer colleges are requiring Subject Tests.

8. Special testing accommodations
A overview of the topic from a neuropsychologist’s perspective. Detailed reviews of the process involved in applying for and receiving SAT testing accommodations or ACT testing accommodations.

9. The PSAT
What to do with your PSAT scores, how to use PSAT scores to consider SAT vs. ACT, a breakdown of the National Merit process and the Semifinalist cutoffs in each state for the class of 2017 and predicted ranges for the class of 2018, and how to access PSAT scores online and how to interpret the PSAT report.

10. Compass services
Our approach to private tutoring, no-obligation diagnostic testing and evaluation, the online tutoring option for students outside of CA, a list of references and testimonials from schools that rely on us, background on our company’s leadership, and an introduction to our elite team of tutors.

Adam Ingersoll

About Adam Ingersoll

Adam began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California, where he was a student-athlete on the basketball team, worked in the admission office, and graduated magna cum laude. Over the last two decades he has guided thousands of families to successful experiences with standardized tests and has mentored hundreds of the industry's most sought-after tutors. Adam is known nationally as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a frequent presenter at higher ed conferences, faculty development workshops, and school seminars.

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