[9/14/20: This post is updated weekly and summarizes the current status of college admission testing and test preparation opportunities with Compass.]
The Compass team continues to work safely and remotely to provide a full level of service to our clients. We expect our suspension of any in-person activities to remain in effect through at least the end of 2020. Our dedicated team of directors and talented team of tutors are here to help you with all of your test preparation and academic needs, especially during this difficult time.
Our students are conducting all of their live, one-on-one lessons through our online platform. More information on online tutoring can be found here.
As a Compass student, you have multiple options to complete practice tests:
- We host online proctored practice tests supervised by a live proctor every weekend.
- We are proud to be the first test prep company to offer online practice exams that simulate the interactive experience of computer-based testing. (ACT only)
- We can mail a practice test for you to self-proctor, either on your own or using our pre-recorded testing videos.
To keep families informed during this tumultuous period, Compass hosts a series of webinars on the current college admission testing landscape. We include the very latest policy updates and provide sensible strategic guidance for planning and preparation. To register for an upcoming presentation or to view one of our recent recordings, visit our webinars page.
The College Board has added a September SAT to their fall schedule. The current calendar of fall 2020 SATs is:
- Saturday, August 29
- Saturday, September 26 (new)
- Saturday, October 3
- Saturday, November 7
- Saturday, December 5
- January 2021 TBD – likely to be announced this fall to address demand
Rather than canceling an entire test date as it did in May and June, the College Board plans to let upcoming test cancelations occur by location, so please monitor the status of your test site regularly. Some host sites have already posted August and September cancelations. For the latest site closures, click here.
Registration opened for these fall dates in May. Many sites have already reached capacity, so if you are planning to take an SAT this year, we recommend you register ASAP. On August 17th, College Board announced the removal of Waitlist Status for the August test date. We suspect this may also be the case for future fall 2020 test dates.
College Board requires test takers to wear masks.
ACT canceled its April test, but offered the June and July tests at locations across the country where health conditions allowed. The current calendar of fall 2020 ACTs is:
- Saturday, September 12
- Sunday, September 13
- Saturday, September 19 (new)
- Saturday, October 10 (new)
- Saturday, October 17 (new)
- Saturday, October 24
- Sunday, October 25
- Saturday, December 12
Previously announced plans to debut section re-testing have been postponed indefinitely. Previously announced plans to offer the computer-based ACT in the United States in September 2020 have also been postponed. ACT, however, hopes to launch an online test in 2021. See ACT’s COVID-19 updates here.
ACT recommends test takers to wear masks.
TEST OPTIONAL POLICIES
COVID-19 has pushed many colleges and universities to adopt temporary test optional policies, with some schools permanently eliminating the requirement. Compass tracks the details of these testing policies at over 400 popular schools here.
Student-athletes initially enrolling full-time during the 2021-22 academic year intending to play NCAA Division I or Division II athletics will not be required to submit test scores. This includes the Ivy League which had previously waived its league’s testing requirement for prospective student athletes in the 2020-21 admission cycle.
SUBJECT TEST POLICIES
As many colleges and universities adopt test-optional policies, their Subject Test requirements and recommendations have also softened. Keep track of the changes here.
The most updated information can be found here. For those who had an incomplete exam submission for any of the online 2020 AP Exams and did not retest in June, there was a final opportunity to test Aug 24-31.