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Testing Policies in the Spotlight

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Amid wide-scale test cancellations in 2020, most colleges in the U.S. chose to go test optional during the initial wave of COVID-19. Although some schools announced that the policy change would…

SAT and ACT Policies and Score Ranges for Popular Colleges and Universities

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Compass has compiled the most recently available score range data and admission testing policies for popular colleges and universities, public and private, chosen to represent a wide array of four-year…

Compass Hosts Counselor Symposia Featuring Admissions Veteran Jonathan Burdick

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Last week, Compass hosted over 200 California college counselors for a series of lunch-and-learn symposia focused on the rapidly changing trends in college admission testing. The first event happened to…

Unusual Surprise for the June ACT Online

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Will June ACT takers be in for a surprise?  Paper-and-pencil test takers will see the traditional exam in June 2024. Students opting to take the test on the computer, however,…

National Merit Semifinalist Cutoffs Class of 2025

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April 8 Update: The Commended cutoff -- the minimum score to be considered for National Merit honors -- for the class of 2025 is 208. This is the highest cutoff…

Superscoring and Score Choice Policies

| ACT, College Admission Requirements, For Students, SAT | 197 Comments
Superscoring Many in college admission talk about reading applications holistically and supportively; one way they can do this is by “superscoring” standardized tests. This means that if you take the…