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A Symposium on Admission Testing


Please join us for lunch and a Symposium on College Admission Testing, a professional development opportunity. The program will take place on Tuesday, April 30th from 11:30am-1pm. Compass Co-Founder, Adam Ingersoll, will be leading the event, as he is in town to provide keynote presentations at Durham Academy and Cary Academy. In addition to presentations at schools for parents and workshops for college counselors, Adam also provides training on test interpretation for admission teams, most recently at Caltech and USC. While our talks for students and parents are often billed as “Admission Testing 101,” the symposia we facilitate for college counselors could be considered graduate-level. We take a deep dive into the current landscape of admission testing, offering up-to-date, nuanced information on all the thorniest questions. There is no cost to attend and Compass will pick up the tab for lunch.

Event Location: The Mez at 5410 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703

Examples of topics covered include:

  • How to successfully discourage students from starting too soon, correcting the “more is more” assumptions around testing and test prep, what do the data tell us about developmentally-appropriate testing timelines
  • Helping students choose between the SAT and ACT, what differences are meaningful, how to understand practice test reports and make the correct decision
  • Making sense of the shifting milieu of college testing policies: Subject Tests required vs. recommend vs. will consider, SAT/ACT essay requirements and scoring variability, super-scoring and score choice restrictions and the implications for repeat testing
  • The surge in high scorers and the implications for students, counselors, and admission offices
  • Understanding the harsh scaling of recent SAT exams and how unexpected raw difficulty of tests impact students

We’ll share detailed updates, rationales, and perspectives around these questions and more, which you can put to use immediately to help encourage healthy testing-related behavior by students and parents.

Please join us for essential testing insights, a tasty lunch, and the good company of fellow counselors.

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    Adam Ingersoll

    Adam began his career in test prep in 1993 at USC, where he was a student-athlete and worked in the admission office. Over the last two decades he has guided thousands of families to successful experiences with standardized tests. Adam is known nationally as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a frequent presenter at higher ed conferences, faculty development workshops, and school seminars.

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