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Navigating a Rapidly-Evolving Testing Landscape

A PRESENTATION FOR CHARLES E. SMITH JEWISH DAY SCHOOL FAMILIES

DATE & TIME

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30pm EST
Location TBD

DESCRIPTION

Starting in the spring of 2024, paper-based administrations of the SAT will be replaced by a shorter, computerized exam. In sharp contrast, the ACT will retain its paper format with significantly more questions.

The introduction of a digital assessment comes at a poignant time in today’s admission context, where colleges are actively interrogating the value of standardized testing in students’ applications. And while many schools have retained test optional policies in the wake of the pandemic, admission offices have demonstrated varying preferences for test scores.

Hear from the experts at Compass Education Group as they lead a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of the future of college admission testing.

Presentation topics will include:

  • The evolving role of test scores in specific contexts
  • Making sense of the subtlety and variety of testing policies
  • Fresh admissions data from test score submitters and non-submitters
  • Making an informed choice between the ACT and SAT
  • The specs and design of the digital, adaptive PSAT & SAT
  • Optimal timing and smart approaches to test preparation and testing

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Matty is a Senior Director at Compass Education Group, a provider of test preparation and tutoring that works with thousands of students nationwide. Prior to joining Compass, Matty obtained their MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. They have over fifteen years of experience in the testing industry and are regularly invited by counseling and admission professionals to explain the latest updates to the testing landscape. Each year, Matty and their colleagues speak at over 300 high schools and professional organizations, including the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools *and* the Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counseling.
Kelly received her B.A. in Theater from USC. Since relocating to the DMV area, her experience has focused on providing support to families as they navigate the testing landscape and their admissions goals. In her role as a Compass Director, she is most excited for the opportunity to communicate directly with students to understand their individual learning style and promote academic success.

Consultation

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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 review your student’s practice test results and 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?