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Navigating the Evolving Testing Landscape



As summer nears, many rising junior families are reaching out to us with questions about college admission testing, including:

  • Am I too early (or too late!) to start preparing?
  • When should I take official exams?
  • Which colleges will require test scores for my class year?
  • Should I take the ACT or SAT?
  • Should I prepare for the PSAT?
  • When do most students get their best scores?
  • What do superscoring, self-reporting, and score choice mean?
  • I heard that Illinois is going to require the ACT instead of the SAT for public school students. How does that affect my planning?

To help you approach testing efficiently and knowledgeably, please join the experts at Compass for a pre-summer update on these and other common questions for rising juniors.  Attendees will get a free practice test!


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 National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Eric grew up in Chicagoland and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U of I, where he was the first Rhodes Scholarship campus nominee in nearly a decade. After college, he worked for the Discovery Channel, MTV Networks, Sony Pictures, and YouTube. Between film gigs, Eric joined Compass’s Southern California team as an ACT and SAT math tutor. He enjoyed the one-on-one tutoring experience so much that he made it his mission to bring Compass back to the Midwest. In 2019, Eric returned to his hometown to launch Compass Chicago. Today, Eric mentors a team of dozens of tutors and guides hundreds of families each year through the college admission testing process.

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  • How competitive are your test scores?
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  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • What are the implications of ‘test optional’ policies?
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  • What do I need to know about the new digital adaptive SAT?