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About the Presentation

“Navigating College Admission Tests”

During his presentation, Compass Founder Adam Ingersoll explained how test scores factor into the college admission process, debunked myths about the meaning of test scores, discussed the differences between the SAT and ACT, and described common testing timelines for students.


Matt Steiner, M.A.


Prior to joining the Compass team, Matt obtained an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He has a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, where he has served as a tutor, a consultant, and administrator. Matt currently teaches a graduate-level course on college admission testing through UCSD Extension. In his writing, teaching, and public speaking, Matt endeavors to build transparency around college admission tests.

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