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Navigating College Admission Tests



Friday, January 12th, 2024, 9:00 AM

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


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 pivotal moment in today’s admission context. While many schools have retained test-optional policies in the wake of the pandemic, admission offices have demonstrated varying preferences for test scores. Especially among highly selective institutions, applicants with strong scores may be admitted more frequently than those who withhold results.

Hear from the experts at Compass Education Group as they lead a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of the current testing landscape.

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


Matty is a Senior Director at Compass Education Group, a provider of one-on-one online 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 thirteen 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.

Sign up for Practice Tests

The Pine School and Compass Education Group have partnered to offer an ACT  practice test opportunity at no cost. This computer-proctored test mirrors the paper/pencil linear version of the test. The highly detailed reporting (see sample here) that you and the counseling office will receive is invaluable in helping each student craft their ideal testing plan.

In addition to the ACT, students will have the option to try a practice test for the brand new Digital Adaptive PSAT and SATThis new test (learn all about it here) mimics the computer-based test — question type, content, timing, duration, and adaptive structure.


  • ACT, PSAT, and SAT practice tests are available for you to self-administer through our online testing platform anytime until May 31st.

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 and you can take the test anytime during the open testing window.

Please note that we are only able to offer ONE test of each type. 


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?