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Cary Academy and Compass Education have partnered to offer the brand new Digital Adaptive SAT at no cost. This new test (learn all about it here) mimics the computer-based test — question type, content, timing, duration, and adaptive structure.

In addition, a paper/pencil ACT practice test (linear, non-adaptive) is being offered at no cost.

The test results are invaluable in helping the Cary Academy college counselors and Compass directors craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.


  • At-School ACT administration begins at 8:30 AM on Thursday, April 11th. 
  • At-School SAT administration begins at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, May 22nd.

The registration deadline is one week before each event. We will send you a confirmation email soon after registering. For the SAT, the link to take the test will be included. Do not click on the testing link until your proctor tells you to do so.

Navigating College Admission Tests


DATE & TIME (passed)

Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on Zoom.

If you were unable to attend the live webinar, a recording has been posted below.


The presentation was hosted by the college counseling office and the information that was shared is educational and not a solicitation for the presenter’s services.

Agenda items included:

  • How to respond to the flexibility afforded by test-optional policies
  • Best way to approach the SAT vs ACT decision
  • Understanding the new digital, adaptive PSAT and SAT
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing 
  • Finding the optimal timeline for your testing and test prep
  • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement


Christopher graduated with BAs in French and Theater from Vassar College and his MFA in Drama from the New School. Christopher has worked in and around education his whole career: as a tutor for many years, as a college counselor, and as an IB teacher. He now uses his experience to help students and families navigate the admissions testing landscape in his role as a Compass Director. Each year, Christopher and his colleagues speak at over 300 high schools and professional organizations, where they demystify the SAT and ACT and dispel anxiety about the testing process.

Schedule a Consultation

Schedule a consultation with a Compass Director

The members of our management team are leading experts in the field of admission testing. They personally lead every aspect of each student’s experience with Compass, including program recommendations, tutor selection, and ongoing guidance. We welcome you to schedule a call with us to collaborate on a strategy for how best to proceed.

The Compass Resource Center

Download the latest version of…

The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing

…in our comprehensive Resource Center. Get answers to the most important questions, including:

  • How competitive are your test scores?
  • What is the most effective calendar for testing?
  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • What are the implications of ‘test optional’ policies?
  • How do you interpret PSAT scores?
  • What do I need to know about the new digital adaptive SAT?