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Navigating a Rapidly-Evolving Testing Landscape

A PRESENTATION FOR SANTA FE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

DATE & TIME

Tuesday, March 5th, 2:55pm MST (2024)

If you would like to watch a previously held, recorded webinar, please find one below.

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 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

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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 College Counselors at Independent Schools and the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

Practice Test Opportunities

Compass is proud to offer high-quality digital practice test opportunities at no cost for a limited time for families who attend a webinar hosted by their school. The accuracy of the tests and the depth of the reporting is exceptional.

Tests available include the new digital adaptive SAT (learn more here), as well as a digital version of the ACT (linear and non-adaptive, see demo here).

ACCESS, REPORTING, AND FOLLOW-UP

  • To access the tests through your Compass account, please go to my.compassprep.com and enter your email address. You will receive an email to activate your account. Click the link in that email and follow the instructions.
  • Upon completion of the test, you will immediately be able to view a comprehensive analysis full of insights unique to our reporting platform, as well as access to view your entire test.
  • Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a Compass Director to evaluate the results, have all your questions answered, and discuss a recommended plan for improvement. 
  • For alternative options including live proctoring where available, please see here.

Please note that your school may have arranged specific practice testing opportunities at a set time through Compass or another third party. We advise that you prioritize any such opportunities through your school first, keeping the above options available if needed.

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?