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The IEC Testing Symposium


Dear Seattle-area Consultants,

We cordially invite you to attend Compass’ Testing Symposium, a professional development luncheon specifically designed for IECs. The program will take place on Tuesday, October 8th from 11:30am-1:00pm. Compass’ Senior Director, Matt Steiner, will be leading the event.

Event Location: Seastar Restaurant 205 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Presentation topics will include:

  • The role and weight of tests in college admission
  • Making sense of the surplus of top scores on the SAT and ACT and what this means for selective colleges
  • Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely
  • Importance of choosing correctly between SAT and ACT
  • Relevance of Subject Tests at highly-competitive colleges
  • Developmentally appropriate timelines for testing
  • Specialty topics: requesting testing accommodations, decoding College Board’s “adversity score”

Please join us for essential testing insights, delicious food, and the good company of fellow consultants.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by completing the short form below.


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    Matt Steiner

    Prior to joining the Compass team, Matt obtained an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. They have a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, working as both an instructor and administrator for multiple tutoring firms. Matt is a guest lecturer for the college counseling certificate programs at UCSD, UCLA, and UCI Extension. In their writing, teaching, and public speaking, Matt endeavors to build transparency and calm around college admission tests.

    Praise for Our IEC Symposia

    I appreciate the integrity of Compass. I never worry that my families are being oversold or offered unrealistic promises. I recommend Compass to students who have test anxiety, timing issues, need to move their scores by a few points at the top of the scale, or are trying to make huge leaps. And the results speak for themselves.

    Anne Holmdahl, IECA Member, NACAC, HECA, PNACAC & IECA Professional Member (WA)

    Helping families understand the role testing will play in the application process is a key component of my practice. Year after year, the Compass materials and presentations stand apart from the crowd.

    Pam Shor, HECA & PNACAC Member (WA)

    I trust Compass because they put integrity first, above sales or simply gaining another client. Compass is the leader in providing intelligent, well-researched advice on test prep. When a family chooses to work with Compass, I know I have a partner that makes me look good as well.

    Steven Mercer, ED.D., Former IECA Board Member & Vice President of Ethics (CA)

    Compass is my ‘go to’ resource for solid, reliable information on testing and admissions requirements. I value Compass as an educational partner, and it is on the top of my list for students who are looking for online test prep to fit their schedules. The Compass App and blog help me be the best consultant for my clients.

    Wendie Lubic, HECA & NACAC Member (DC)

    I learned about Compass when I was a large, inner-city, public-school counselor. At the time, I found Compass’ free resources to be unparalleled. Now, as an independent counselor, my families who select Compass benefit from flexible, online tutoring from experts in the field.

    Lauran Williamson, HECA & RMACAC Member (CO)