Category Archives: Admissions

What Are SAT Subject Tests?

Since the end of the school year is fast approaching, as are the deadlines for signing up for the May and June SATs, we wanted to remind people what the SAT Subject Tests are and which colleges require them. We’ve previously … Continue reading

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2016 (Unofficial) National Merit Commended Cutoff Score is Out!

Now that we know this year’s (unofficial) National Merit Commended cutoff score is a 209, we wanted to take a look back at how we did, and what this means for our Semifinalist predictions. To clarify, while the NMSC has not officially posted … Continue reading

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Registration Deadline Reminder! Sign up for the SAT and ACT!

As summer is fast approaching, we at College Compass wanted to remind you of the upcoming SAT and ACT test dates! SAT Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline 5/7/16 4/8/16 4/22/16 6/4/16 5/5/16 5/20/16 You can register for the SAT … Continue reading

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What Colleges and Universities SuperScore the SAT?

For those unfamiliar with SuperScoring, this is the term given when colleges take the highest SAT section scores across multiple sittings and combine them into a single composite score. Not all universities SuperScore, and indeed most do not, but we … Continue reading

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What is a Good Score on the New SAT?

Presenting the SAT Score Range Chart, by University. Editor’s Note: We have updated our information given College Board’s most recent publications. Check out our most up to date predictions here! Today is the first iteration of the new SAT exam; … Continue reading

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5 Things College Freshmen Should Know

Since many of you have admissions offers in hand and are nervously awaiting the beginning of your first year in college, we at College Compass put together a list of 5 Things College Freshmen Should Know Don’t schedule 8 AM … Continue reading

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Will a Bad AP Score Sink My Application?

We get this question a lot here at College Compass: “I got a 1/2/3 on an AP test! Do I still have a chance at Harvard?!” Though you might be panicking or worried that your Ivy Dreams are now toast, … Continue reading

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UPDATE: What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit in 2016?

We want to provide an update on our previous post: What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit in 2016? Our initial estimations were based on a “sliding scale” method. Because the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is not using your … Continue reading

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What Extracurriculars Do Ivy League Schools Like Harvard Want?

  We recently stumbled upon a series the New York Times did with the Harvard University Dean of Admissions in 2009. You can read the full interview here, but there were a few paragraphs that stood out to us that … Continue reading

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What Does My New PSAT Score Mean?

With New PSAT scores just released for the Class of 2017, we wanted to give a quick rundown of what your New PSAT scores mean, how the scoring works, and which one the National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses to determine … Continue reading

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