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Navigating College Admission Tests



Thursday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m.


In order to attend the live webinar, click here.


An overview of the tests used in the college admissions process (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP). Learn how to successfully navigate the testing requirements of college admission. The issues that will be explained include:

  • The role and weight of tests in college admission
  • Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely
  • Harm caused by myths about testing and admission
  • Considerations for choosing between SAT and ACT
  • Developmentally appropriate timelines for testing
  • College/University choice to remain “test optional”


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.

Schedule a Consultation

Schedule a consultation with a Compass Director

The members of our management team are leading experts in the field of admission testing. They personally lead every aspect of each student’s experience with Compass, including program recommendations, tutor selection, and ongoing guidance. We welcome you to schedule a call with us to collaborate on a strategy for how best to proceed.

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?
  • What are the implications of ‘test optional’ policies?
  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • How do you interpret PSAT scores?
  • What happened to the SAT Subject Tests?