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A Symposium on College Admission Testing


Please join Compass Education Group and local DFW school counselors for a Symposium on College Admission Testing, a professional development opportunity. College counselors and interested faculty/administrators are invited to attend either presentation led by Compass Education Group’s Adam Ingersoll. The program will take place twice on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, please register below for your preferred time so we can plan accordingly.

While Compass presentations for students and parents are often billed as “Admission Testing 101,” the symposia we facilitate for college counselors could be considered graduate-level. We will take a critical look at the current landscape of admission testing, offering up-to-date, nuanced information on all the thorniest questions. There is no cost to attend. 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 optimally 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, the surge of SAT/ACT optional schools, and the increasing relevance of AP Exams in admission decisions
  • What do counselors, faculty, and administrators need to know about the SAT’s impending transition to adaptive testing on a fully digital platform
  • How is ACT likely to respond to College Board’s decision to go digital and adaptive

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

Fort Worth Country Day
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Goff Rooms, Fischer Dining Pavilion

Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Program + Q&A run from 9-11 a.m.

Special thanks to Kristin Larsen and FWCD for hosting the morning program! Coffee, fruit, and pastries will be provided.
The Hockaday School
11600 Welch Road, Dallas, TX  75229
Clements Lecture Hall

Check-in at 12:30 p.m.
Program + Q&A run from 1-3 p.m.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Jones and Hockaday for hosting the afternoon program! Dessert will be provided.
Registration for the events is closed. Please contact Kristin Larsen or Elizabeth Jones to be added to the roster.


Adam Ingersoll began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California, where he was a student-athlete on the basketball team, worked in the admissions office, and graduated magna cum laude. Now in his third decade guiding families to successful experiences with standardized tests, Adam is recognized as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a popular speaker at higher education conferences and dozens of school events annually. He has provided training on test usage for the admission teams at prominent universities including Caltech, Rochester, and USC.

The Compass Resource Center

Download the latest version of…

The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing

…in our comprehensive Resource Center. Get answers to the most important questions, including:

  • How competitive are your test scores?
  • What is the most effective calendar for testing?
  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • What are the implications of ‘test optional’ policies?
  • How do you interpret PSAT scores?
  • What do I need to know about the new digital adaptive SAT?