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AGBU Testing Programs


Welcome AGBU Families!

Compass Education Group is a leading provider of tutoring for college admission tests. AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School has partnered with Compass to offer a number of helpful resources to families.

On Saturday, January 20th at 9:00AM, 10th and 11th grade parents are asked to attend an on-campus presentation by Managing Director, Sara Dalhed, to learn more about the landscape of college admission testing, build personalized testing timelines, and understand how test preparation works.

On Saturday, January 20th, students will take a practice ACT at AGBU, which will be graded and accompanied by a robust score report. With scores in-hand — and guidance from AGBU counselors and Compass’ directors — students will be able to determine which exam is a better fit, SAT or ACT.

Compass has been an invaluable resource for us for over a decade. Their approach to testing is smart and reasonable. The programs they provide for our families are of the highest quality.

Laura Hotchkiss, Director of Upper SchoolMarlborough School

Compass is in a class of its own. They help us keep student health and wellness at the center of our program. I am flooded with overtures from test prep companies, but I always come back to the team at Compass.

Canh Oxelson, ‎Director of College CounselingHorace Mann School


Navigating College Admission Tests

Saturday, January 20th at 9:00AM

The leaders at Compass Education Group are asked to speak at over 150 elite schools ever year. Join other AGBU families for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing that will be useful to students and parents alike.

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

Sara Dalhed


Sara has nearly two decades of experience in test preparation, dating back to her undergraduate years at Wheaton College. Sara’s expert knowledge of testing and her skill and integrity as a leader ensures that our Southern California team of directors and instructors provides the highest-quality service to our clients. Sara is widely known by college counselors as a trusted resource who can be depended upon to deliver successful outcomes for students and parents.

What To Do Next

Download the latest version of

The Compass Guide to
College Admission Testing

  • How important are your test scores?
  • What is the most effective calendar for testing?
  • What does ‘test optional’ really mean?
  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • How strong are your PSAT scores?
  • Should you take SAT Subject Tests? 

Practice Testing

AGBU will administer a FREE diagnostic test for the ACT. The test results are invaluable in helping the AGBU college counselors and Compass Directors to craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.


Saturday, January 20th at 9:00AM

For students who would like to complete a practice test prior to January 20th, please call the Compass office at 310-550-0300 to register for an upcoming proctored session at the Woodland Hills Hilton.


The ACT Practice Test will be administered in ROOM #109.


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Private Tutoring


Efficient and successful test prep relies on accurate diagnoses. Our practice tests provide a detailed portrait of your testing strengths and weaknesses, allowing us to make recommendations and adjustments tailored to your personal needs.
After a thorough assessment of testing data, background, needs, and goals, we develop an individualized plan. Because we do not offer “packages” of lessons, we have the flexibility to craft personalized programs of study that take these nuances into account.
We hold all our instructors to the same high standards, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Your schedule, your learning style, even your outside interests – we consider all these factors in selecting the best instructor for you.
Once lessons begin, our instructors and directors work together to monitor your progress and make adjustments until you achieve your score goals. We are never on auto-pilot, and our continued oversight drives the success of our programs.

Want to Learn More? Call: (800) 685-6986


Schedule your testing consultation with a Compass Director

Compass Directors are leading experts in the field of admission testing. They will personally lead every aspect of your experience with Compass, including program recommendations, tutor selection, and ongoing oversight. Please call us after your student completes his or her practice tests to discuss a customized test preparation plan.

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