[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.
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.
ACADEMIC TUTORING / STUDY SKILLS AND ORGANIZATIONAL COACHING
With most colleges and universities adopting at least temporary test optional policies, success in high school coursework is more important than ever. And yet, the unique challenges of at-home learning make it harder than ever for students to reach their full scholastic potential. Compass’s Academic Tutoring and Study Skills and Organizational Coaching programs will provide students with all the extra support they need.
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 current calendar of upcoming SATs is:
- Saturday, March 13 (no Subject Tests offered)
- Saturday, May 8
- Saturday, June 5
Rather than canceling an entire test date as it did in May and June 2020, 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 upcoming cancelations. For the latest site closures, click here.
Many sites have already reached capacity, so if you are planning to take an SAT this year, we recommend you register ASAP.
College Board requires test takers to wear masks.
The current calendar of upcoming ACTs is:
- Saturday, February 6
- Saturday, April 17
- Saturday, June 12
- Saturday, July 17 (not offered in New York)
Sites are filling quickly. We recommend you register ASAP.
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. ACT, however, hopes to launch a remote (at-home) online test soon. See ACT’s COVID-19 updates here.
ACT recommends test takers to wear masks.
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
Some high schools are planning to offer an official, in-person PSAT on January 26th, 2021. Other schools have instead partnered with Compass to offer an unofficial (practice) PSAT as a remote, at-home experience in January. Check with your school for details.
If there is no opportunity for you to take a PSAT through your school, we can provide you with a practice test. See our Practice Testing section below for details.
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.
The most updated information can be found here.