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"Each year we invite Compass to present to our 10th grade
families about college admission testing. These events help
our families feel confident, relieved, and well-informed.
I am inundated by offers from test prep companies,
but I always find myself coming back to Compass."

- Canh Oxelson
Director of College Counseling, Horace Mann School
Formerly Director of Recruitment, UPenn


"What we value most about Compass is their integrity.
We trust the services they provide -- private tutoring,
practice testing, and public speaking -- and the intelligently
responsive manner in which they offer them."

- Sharon Cuseo
Upper School Dean, Harvard-Westlake School


"We are delighted to partner with Compass, as so
many of our colleagues have done. The education
and training Compass provides to our school and to
the counselor community is invaluable. Their excellent
research de-stresses rather than raise alarms."

- Katy Murphy
Director of College Counseling, Bellarmine College Prep


College Admission Testing Events for Isidore Newman School

Grades 9 and 10 Students and Parents

Tuesday, March 27 — (time TBD)

Presented by Compass Education Group

Compass is invited by many schools and organizations throughout the U.S. to provide a keynote speaker on college admission testing. We also offer on-campus practice testing and analysis services for students as well as professional development workshops for counselors and faculty. Learn more about the features of our presentations, the locations of our events, our free resources, and the profiles of our expert speakers.

Compass Supports Schools Nationwide

We are proud to support more than 150 outstanding educational institutions with a range of valuable testing-related programming. Review the graphic below for a sampling of the schools and professional associations with whom we have shared our expertise and resources. To discuss offerings at your school, please contact Adam Ingersoll or Matt Steiner.

Meet Our Expert Presenters

Adam Ingersoll



Adam began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California. Over the last two decades he has guided thousands of families to successful experiences with standardized tests and has mentored hundreds of the industry’s most sought-after tutors. 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.

Matt Steiner



Prior to joining the Compass team, Matt obtained an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, working for multiple well-regarded private tutoring firms. Matt currently teaches a graduate-level course on college admission testing through UCSD Extension. In his instruction and  public speaking, Matt endeavors to build transparency around college admission tests.

Presentation Highlights

Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

  • SAT or ACT: Making your best choice
  • Understanding PSAT scores and what they project
  • Test scores’ role and weight in college admissions
  • Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing and admission
  • The relevance of Subject Tests at elite colleges
  • Sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep
  • Hallmarks of high-quality test prep and strategies for self-study

Many schools record the presentation. Here is a professionally produced video of an event at St. John’s School in Houston in 2017.

Handouts for Attendees

The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing

Attendees receive a complimentary copy of The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing. This essential resource for families and counselors contains more than 90 pages of unbiased information on the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Subject Tests, and more. The print edition has reached over 100,000 families and is used by counseling offices at many of the top schools in the U.S. The Guide is also available as a free PDF or iBook download via the link below. Sharon Cuseo of Harvard-Westlake School says “I wish every family in the country received this terrific resource.

Praise for Our School Events

Compass is an invaluable resource for us. Their approach to testing is smart and reasonable. Their sophomore parent testing evenings are of the highest quality – useful, comprehensive, well-researched, and delivered with compelling and fresh insight.

Laura HotchkissDirector of Upper School, Marlborough School

I appreciate the research and development that Compass shares regarding college admission tests. In their presentations, Compass illuminates what these tests DO and DON'T measure, which enables our students to separate their test scores from their identities. The tone of these events is overwhelmingly positive and optimistic.

Jeff MorrowDirector of College Counseling, Oaks Christian School

We only receive positive feedback from families who have prepared with Compass. In a service industry that often feels 'transactional,' Compass makes a student's well-being and his or her specific needs the focal point.

Tamar AdegbileDirector of College Counseling, Cate School

I only trust Compass to speak to the sophisticated audience at my school about college admissions testing and preparation. I love seeing the looks on their faces when they hear what Compass has to say in their informed, straight-talking, helpful presentations. Students feel much more at ease and families walk away with real insight into testing.

Krista KleinCo-Director of College Counseling, Lick-Wilmerding High School

Concerned about the changes to the 2016 SAT, I had invited Compass to our Sophomore College & Academic Planning Night. We had never had a test prep company speak to our families in the past. The presentation was informative, professional, and calming - Compass has an open invite for the future!

Jennifer ThomasCollege Counselor, Maybeck High School

When we refer families to Compass, we know that we are connecting them to professionals who can manage the entirety of the admission testing process. Students often say how much they love their tutors and how much their scores have improved.

Molly BranchCo-Director of College Counseling, Windward School

Compass’ presentation was, by far, the best one we have ever had on admission testing. The content was spot on and the delivery was wonderful: clear, articulate, warm, and reassuring. Our parents were extremely complimentary and said they felt much better.

Gail DevineCollege Counselor, Louisville High School

Compass' seminar has been a tremendous benefit to my 10th graders and their parents each year for the last decade. The Compass leadership is in a class of its own; they are the foremost experts in the field with the highest ethical standards.

James SkrumbisHead of School, Sierra Canyon School

I receive nothing but positive feedback following Compass' presentations. They have a natural way of putting families at ease, which is so important given the angst around standardized testing and college admissions. I highly recommend Compass to my colleagues and invite them back to our campus every year!

Lisa NeumaierCollege & Career Specialist, Sir Francis Drake High School

I continually look to Compass to provide the students and parents I work with the proper perspective on testing. As a college counselor who employs a student-centered process, I have found Compass to be well-informed, comprehensive, and engaging to my students' and comforting to their parents. Most importantly, they are completely in synch with our philosophy and reinforce our message perfectly.

Cesar GuerreroDirector of College Counseling, Stuart Hall High School

Our families gravitate toward Compass because its tutors and staff honor each student, appreciating his or her unique strengths and weaknesses. Compass is the gold standard within the industry of test preparation.

Jennifer SimpsonDirector of College Counseling, Campbell Hall

Compass presenters manage to take a calm and light-hearted approach while also being professional in their delivery. Their talks strike the perfect balance - reducing anxiety while providing families with solid guidance regarding admission tests. Also, their materials, including the College Admission Testing Guide, are thoughtfully compiled by professionals I trust.

Steffany PerezCo-Director of College Counseling, Oakwood School

Compass' ability to marry clarity and depth of knowledge is a significant asset to the Urban School. Each time Compass presents, I walk away reassured that our students and parents are getting honest, well-researched information about college admission testing. This assurance is confirmed by the waves of appreciative emails I receive from families.

Lauren GersickAssociate Director of College Counseling, the Urban School of San Francisco

With all of the anxiety around college admissions testing and the redesigned SAT, Compass' presentation could not have been more timely and relevant for our students and parents. They have great skill at explaining the complex nuances of testing, while still making it clear enough for everyone to understand.

David RionDirector of College Counseling, Sonoma Academy

We enjoyed Compass' presentation and found it comforting to realize that their recommendations and information were so in tune with Presentation's philosophy on standardized testing. Compass eased the fears of our parents rather than exacerbating them, a definite must for families entering the college process.

MaryLynne RodriguezCollege Counselor, Presentation High School