Category Archives: Standardized Tests

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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UPDATE 2: 2016 National Merit Semifinalist Cutoff Score for Texas – NEW ESTIMATE

Based on an analysis of nearly 10,000 students, Testmasters has updated our prediction for the National Merit Semifinalist cutoff score in Texas to be as high as 219. To understand how we got this number, you first need to understand how … Continue reading

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

UPDATE 2: We have added an additional estimate for Texas’ cutoff based on new data. You can find that post here. UPDATE: Many commenters have asked about College Board’s Concordance Table. You can find an estimation that incorporates the Concordance … Continue reading

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Identifying the Duke Talent Identification Program

By now, most 7th grade students selected for the Duke Talent Search have already taken the qualifying ACT or SAT exam. As you wait for College Board to report back scores, you might be wondering “what exactly is Duke TIP? … Continue reading

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What to Expect on the Revised SAT: Math

The College Board claims that the Revised SAT Math will “require a stronger command of fewer, more important topics.” Considering that I personally managed to get two liberal arts degrees without ever having to demonstrate my ability (or lack there … Continue reading

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Math II and You: What You Need to Know About the SAT Subject Test

In light of the volume of questions we’ve received recently regarding the SAT II Math Subject tests, I’ve decided it’s time to sit down an churn out a blog article to answer a few common questions:

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What to Expect on the Revised SAT: Reading

The Revised SAT Evidence-Based Reading (that’s a mouthful) will include five(ish) passages: one Literature based passage, two History/Social Studies passages, and two Science passages. Similar to some passages on the current SAT, one of the passages in the Science and/or … Continue reading

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The SAT Shape-Shifts Again!

OK, since the revision of the SAT is a pretty major topic in college admissions right now, I probably didn’t have to use a crazy title to get you to read about the New SAT, but how else was I going … Continue reading

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Multiple Choice Writing – Example Problem

1.      He was convinced that if property taxes would have rose any higher, he would have had to move to a different area. a.       if property taxes would have rose b.      if property taxes would rise c.       if property … Continue reading

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Enhanced ACT Writing Test

The ACT recently released new details about the upcoming changes to the ACT Writing Test. These changes are scheduled to take effect in fall 2015, and the ACT is marketing these revisions as an enhancement. So, what exactly is changing?

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