Navigating College Admission Tests



Wednesday, January 19th, 6:00 PM PST


If you were unable to attend the live webinar, a recording has been posted below.


Are you interested in learning practical, usable information about standardized testing and college admissions?

In response to the pandemic, colleges have radically adjusted their admission testing policies. Hear from the experts at Compass Education Group and the counselors at Arcadia HS as they lead a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing and the outcomes and unpredicted “silver linings” of the test optional movement.

The presenters will share their observations of how students are using their newfound agency — if/when to test, if/when to submit scores — as they redefine their relationship with the ACT, P/SAT, and AP Exams.

Other topics include:

  • SAT or ACT: Making your best choice
  • The role and weight of ACT/SAT and AP Exam scores
  • Understanding PSAT scores and what they project
  • Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely
  • Debunking pervasive myths about testing and admission
  • Sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep
  • Best practices for exam selection (SAT or ACT), preparation, and calendaring


Torsten Sannar is the Managing Director of Compass Education Group, a provider of one-on-one tutoring for several thousand students annually around the world. Torsten is a graduate of Claremont-McKenna, where he discovered his passion for tutoring students.  He also holds a Ph.D. in Theater History from UC Santa Barbara, where he continued his teaching and tutoring career. Now in his third decade in the college admission testing arena, Torsten leads Compass’ Los Angeles office and guides hundreds of individual families through the testing process. He is here to share insights on how to help students (and parents!) successfully navigate the testing requirements of college admission.

Sign up for an Online ACT/SAT Practice Test

Arcadia High School College Counseling Office, PTSA, and Compass Education Group will administer an online practice ACT or SAT test to students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades; a demonstration version of the *NEW* computer-based test and the resulting score reports are available below. The test results are invaluable in helping the Arcadia HS College Counselors and Compass directors craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.

After the test, you will receive your score report within a week.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost is $20. To submit payment, please go to this link and select Product Categories -> ASB Office -> Select Test. There is no charge for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


ACT/SAT Practice Test:
Available anytime between Saturday, February 5th, and Sunday, February 6th.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 3rd. On Friday, February 4th, we will send you a detailed confirmation email; the link to take the test will be included; you can take the test anytime during the testing window.


Complete the form below to sign up for a practice test.

NOTE: Compass’s online practice test is open to students with standard timing and extended timing accommodations. The ACT/SAT standard timing is approximately 3.5 hours (but give yourself a little extra time to read instructions). Extended timing varies by individual. Comprehensive results will arrive shortly after taking the test. See below for further testing details.

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Ready to see an interactive test in action? Check out our demo test!

The demo must be accessed through Safari, Chrome, or Firefox on a laptop, desktop, or tablet. Mobile phones are not supported.

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Preview our Interactive Score Report


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 review your student’s practice test results and 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?