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Navigating College Admission Tests



Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30pm CT

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 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.

Sign up for a practice test!

University School of Nashville and Compass Education have partnered to offer the brand new Digital Adaptive 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.

In addition, an at-home, computer-proctored ACT practice test will also be offered. This test matches the current paper/pencil, linear version of the test.

The test results are invaluable in helping the USN college counselors and Compass directors craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.


  • The at-home, computer-proctored, digital adaptive SAT practice test is available anytime on April 13th 
  • The at-home, computer-proctored ACT practice test (linear, mirrors paper/pencil version) is available anytime on April 20th.

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.


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?