We are proud to offer The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing as a free download for all students.

An essential resource for students, parents, and counselors. More than 90 pages of valuable information on the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Subject Tests, APs, and more. The print edition has reached over 100,000 families and is used by counseling offices at many of the top schools in the U.S.

“I want every family to receive this terrific resource.”

Sharon Cuseo
Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles

“The smartest and healthiest perspective on testing.”

Jon Reider
University High School, San Francisco
Former Senior Admission Director at Stanford University

“In a class of their own. The foremost testing experts.”

Canh Oxelson
Horace Mann School, New York City

“Compass excels at explaining the complex nuances of testing.”

David Rion
Director of College Counseling, Sonoma Academy, Sonoma

The Guide Answers Essential Questions

  • How important are my test scores? How do I measure up?
  • What is the most effective calendar for testing and test preparation?
  • What are implications of ‘test optional’ policies? Should I submit my scores?
  • How do I compare scores and choose between the SAT and ACT?
  • How can I get ready for the SAT and ACT essays?
  • How do effective timing strategies vary by test and subject?
  • How strong are my PSAT scores? Will I make National Merit?
  • Am I eligible for an extended-time accommodation?
  • What are colleges’ policies on SAT Subject Tests?
  • How have AP exams and scores changed?

Note: Students and educators are free to distribute the downloadable Compass Guide to Admission Testing.*  We recommend linking to this page to ensure that your community has the most recent information. We regularly update the Compass Guide to account for the latest news on the SAT, PSAT, and ACT.

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