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Navigating College Admission Tests



Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30p.m. Central in the MICDS Brauer Auditorium

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


This presentation was hosted by the MICDS college counseling office. The information shared is educational and the event is 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


Adam Ingersoll is the co-founder of Compass Education Group, a provider of test prep and academic tutoring for thousands of students annually around the world. Adam has worked in college admission testing and educational services since 1994 and he is recognized as a leading voice on standardized testing. He is a frequently booked speaker at schools and conferences, and he has provided training on test use and interpretation for university admission offices, including Caltech, Rochester, TCU, and USC.

Sign up for a Digital Adaptive PSAT and SAT!

MICDS has partnered with Compass Education to offer the brand new Digital Adaptive PSAT and 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 — so students will get an early feel for what’s to come in fall 2023 and beyond.


  • Digital Adaptive PSAT – At-Home administration (available anytime until October 31st)
  • Digital Adaptive SAT – At-School administration on December 15th, at 9:00 AM (Regular time) and 8:00 AM (Extended Time) at MICDS ***

***At school administration is for MICDS students only***

The registration deadline each week is Thursday. By Friday, we will send you a detailed confirmation email; the link to take the test will be included; you can take the test anytime during the open testing window. For the at-school Digital Adaptive SAT, please do not click on the testing link in your confirmation email until your proctor tells you to do so. 



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 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?