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Diagnostic Tests!

The Spence School College Counseling Office and Compass Education Group will administer FREE Online Testing Center ACT and SAT diagnostic tests to students in the 10th grade. The test results are invaluable in helping The Spence School College Counselors and Compass directors craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student. Families are encouraged to schedule a FREE consultation with a Compass Director to review their comprehensive score reports.

Please email tests@compassprep.com if you have questions or concerns about these tests or call (212) 381-4421.


At-Home Online Testing Center ACT:
*recommended* April 27-28
(available anytime April 27-May 5)

At-Home Online Testing Center SAT
*recommended* May 11-12
(available anytime May 11-19)

We will send you a detailed confirmation email the week of each test; the link to take the test will be included; you can take the test anytime during the open testing window.

Compass / Spence + Nightingale Test Prep Courses

Compass has partnered with Spence and Nightingale-Bamford to provide custom, comprehensive online class options for the class of 2026 with supplemental 1-on-1 tutoring. These classes are now open for pre-enrollment — Spence and Nightingale students have priority registration during this period. Classes include:

  • 20 hours of online instruction taught by Compass’ most experienced Math and Verbal tutors
    • Course schedules customized for Spence and Nightingale-Bamford students
    • 3 full-length practice tests. Practice tests can be rescheduled as needed.
  • Optional addition: Four 1-on-1 90-min tutoring sessions after the course ends
    • Targeted to your unique needs, these will be customized by Compass for the student ahead of the second official test date
    • Additional practice tests ahead of your next exam(s) for superscoring. Practice tests are available every weekend and can be rescheduled as needed.


The program consists of an online group class ($895) followed by up to 4 supplemental targeted 1-on-1 online 90-min tutoring sessions ($330/ 90-min lesson, $220/ hour). 


Financial aid is available for students who qualify for tuition assistance at Spence.  You will receive the same percentage of financial aid that you receive at your school. Please email classes@compassprep.com with your registration information. Compass will email you a coupon code to apply to the cost of your class fee and 1-on-1 lessons. 


ACT students will have the option to join live online proctored practice tests on the listed dates OR take computer-proctored exams through the Compass Online Testing Center (OTC) at their convenience. Standard time for the ACT is 3.5 hours, and 50% Extended Time is 5 hours.

SAT students will take computer-proctored exams through the Compass Online Testing Center (OTC) or College Board’s Bluebook app at their convenience.


Register for any in this menu of custom instructional courses. We will send you full instructions for the online sessions one week before the class begins. Instructional materials will be mailed to the address you provide during registration.

Don’t see a schedule that fits your needs? CLICK HERE to explore our full menu of group class programs.

Summer/Fall 2024

Online course – Sundays 3:30-5:30PM
Jul 21, 2024 – Sept 29, 2024


Registration deadline: July 15th

Winter 2025

Online course – Sundays 3:30-5:30PM and Thursday Evenings*
Jan 2025 – Mar 2025

*Exact time TBD

  • Class schedule coming soon!

Summer/Fall 2024

Online course – Sundays 3:30-5:30PM
Aug 11, 2024 – Oct 20, 2024


Registration deadline: August 5th 

Winter 2025

Online course – Thursday Evenings*
Jan 2025 – Apr 2025

*Exact time TBD

  • Class schedule coming soon!

Navigating College Admission Tests


DATE & TIME (passed)

Thursday, January 25th, 7:00p.m. Eastern

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


Please join us for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing that will be useful to students and parents alike. We will review the recent changes to testing and testing policies, and speculate about further changes.

Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:
  • How to respond to the flexibility afforded by test-optional policies
  • Best way to approach the SAT vs ACT decision
  • The role of test scores in different admissions contexts
  • Making sense of the subtlety and variety of testing policies
  • 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 began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California, where he was a student-athlete on the basketball team, worked in the admissions office, and graduated magna cum laude. Now in his third decade guiding families to successful experiences with standardized tests, Adam is recognized as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a popular speaker at higher education conferences and dozens of school events annually. He has provided training on test usage for the admission teams at prominent universities including Caltech, Rochester, and USC.

Receive Personalized Advice

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 constructing an ideal program, collaborating with and supporting the tutors we select for you, and providing ongoing guidance all the way through your college applications. We welcome you to schedule an appointment with us to discuss your needs and 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?