[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 the 2020–21 school year. 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.
Compass students 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.
The current calendar of upcoming SATs is:
- Saturday, May 8
- Saturday, June 5
The SAT Essay will be eliminated after the June 2021 administration. As a college admissions factor, students can now consider the Essay as canceled.
Please monitor the status of your test site regularly. Many sites have reached capacity, so if you are planning to take an SAT this spring, we recommend you register ASAP. College Board requires test takers to wear masks.
The current calendar of upcoming ACTs is:
- Saturday, June 12
- Saturday, July 17 (not offered in New York)
Sites are filling quickly. We recommend you register ASAP. ACT recommends test takers to wear masks.
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 were postponed. See ACT’s COVID-19 updates here.
Results from the January PSAT started being released on March 8. Results from the October 2020 PSAT were released December 7-8. Check with College Board to access your results, then reference some of our most popular PSAT/NMSQT articles for help interpreting your scores:
- Using PSAT Scores to Compare SAT and ACT
- PSAT and National Merit for the Class of 2022
- PSAT/National Merit FAQ
If you did not have an opportunity to take a PSAT through your school, we can provide you with a practice test. See our Practice Testing section for details.
College Board announced on 1/19/2021 that SAT Subject Tests will never again be administered in the U.S. Read our blog post to understand what this means in the near term and what the College Board has in store for students down the road.
COVID-19 has pushed many colleges and universities to temporarily suspend testing requirements, with some schools permanently eliminating the requirement. Read more about how this policy is affecting students’ decision making and strategic planning in a competitive admissions context. Compass tracks the detailed 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.
To keep families informed, 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.