PVHS Testing Programs


Welcome Class of 2020 and 2021!

Compass Education Group is a leading provider of tutoring for college admission tests. The Palos Verdes High School College and Career Center appreciates that the Compass Education Group offers a number of helpful resources to families, and has requested their assistance in providing a practice test opportunity for sophomores and juniors.

On Saturday, January 12, students are invited to take a practice ACT  or SAT at PVHS, which will be graded and accompanied by a robust score report. With scores in-hand, students will be informed and able to determine which exam is a better fit, SAT or ACT.

Compass has been an invaluable resource for us for over a decade. Their approach to testing is smart and reasonable. The programs they provide for our families are of the highest quality.

Laura Hotchkiss, Director of Upper SchoolMarlborough School

Compass is in a class of its own. They help us keep student health and wellness at the center of our program. I am flooded with overtures from test prep companies, but I always come back to the team at Compass.

Canh Oxelson, ‎Director of College CounselingHorace Mann School

Follow-up after the Presentation

Navigating College Admission Tests

On December 12, Compass Co-Founder Adam Ingersoll delivered a presentation to families on the ins and outs of college admission testing. Families who missed the event can download the handouts from this page and are welcome to contact Compass for an individual consultation and guidance. Major topics covered in the presentation included interpretation of PSAT and ACT practice test scores, how to carefully consider the SAT vs ACT decision, the role of Subject Tests, and best practices for calendaring test dates and test prep.

Watch a video recording of a recent testing presentation HERE.

Would you like a copy of the PowerPoint?

The Compass Prep App

You can download Compass’ new app by searching for “Compass Prep” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or by using the links below. With the Compass Prep app, you can:

  • View a personalized college test preparation timeline
  • Gain insight into which tests make you more competitive
  • Request a free practice test and evaluation
  • Take advantage of the many free resources Compass has to offer!

Compare SAT and ACT Scores

You can compare the results of official or practice SAT and ACT to determine which exam you prefer. Use the concordance slider below to see if you lean SAT, lean ACT, or fall in the “Judgment Call” zone. 

What To Do Next

Download the latest version of

The Compass Guide to
College Admission Testing

  • How important are your test scores?
  • What is the most effective calendar for testing?
  • What does ‘test optional’ really mean?
  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • How strong are your PSAT scores?
  • Should you take SAT Subject Tests? 

Practice Tests

PVHS will administer FREE SAT and ACT tests to students in the 10th and 11th grades. The test results are invaluable in helping the PVHS students, their families and counselors to craft the ideal testing and tutoring plans for each student.

(Please note that this test is exclusively for PVHS students. Student ID will be required to test.)


Saturday, January 12th at 9:30AM


The SAT Practice Test will be administered in the (room TBD).

The ACT Practice Test will be administered in the (room TBD).


Registration for this test is now closed! Please call the office at (310) 550-0300 inquire about availability.

Private Tutoring


Efficient and successful test prep relies on accurate diagnoses. Our practice tests provide a detailed portrait of your testing strengths and weaknesses, allowing us to make recommendations and adjustments tailored to your personal needs.
After a thorough assessment of testing data, background, needs, and goals, we develop an individualized plan. Because we do not offer “packages” of lessons, we have the flexibility to craft personalized programs of study that take these nuances into account.
We hold all our instructors to the same high standards, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Your schedule, your learning style, even your outside interests – we consider all these factors in selecting the best instructor for you.
Once lessons begin, our instructors and directors work together to monitor your progress and make adjustments until you achieve your score goals. We are never on auto-pilot, and our continued oversight drives the success of our programs.

Want to Learn More? Call: (800) 685-6986


Schedule your testing consultation with a Compass Director

Compass Directors are leading experts in the field of admission testing. They will personally lead every aspect of your experience with Compass, including program recommendations, tutor selection, and ongoing oversight.

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