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Navigating College Admission Tests



Wednesday, September 27th, 6:30 p.m. Pacific on Zoom

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


This presentation is hosted by the college counseling office and attendance is highly recommended. The information that will be shared is educational and the event is not a solicitation for the presenter’s services.  Please join other Head-Royce families for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing that will be useful to students and parents alike.

Learn what you need to know about the following and more:
  • How to respond to the flexibility afforded by test-optional policies
  • Best way to approach the SAT vs ACT decision
  • Understanding the new digital, adaptive PSAT and SAT
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
  • Finding the optimal timeline for your testing and test prep
  • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement


Adam Ingersoll is the co-founder of Compass Education Group, a provider of test prep and academic tutoring for thousands of students annually around the world. Adam has worked in college admission testing and educational services since 1994 and he is recognized as a leading voice on standardized testing. He is a frequently booked speaker at schools and conferences, and he has provided training on test use and interpretation for university admission offices, including Caltech, Rochester, TCU, and USC.

Sign up for Practice Tests

Head-Royce has partnered with Compass Education to offer on-campus and digital ACT & SAT practice tests  at no cost. The test results are invaluable in helping the Head-Royce college counselors and Compass directors to craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.


Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 9 a.m. Pacific: Virtual practice ACT

registration deadline: Monday, October 23, at 12 p.m. Pacific

Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 9 a.m. Pacific: In-person digital, adaptive PSAT

registration deadline: Monday, November 6, at 12 p.m. Pacific

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 9 a.m. Pacific: In-person practice ACT

registration deadline: Monday, February 26, at 12 p.m. Pacific

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 9 a.m. Pacific: Virtual practice SAT

registration deadline: Monday, April 15, at 12 p.m. Pacific


All virtual practice tests will be taken at home via the Compass Online Testing Center.

The in-person test will be held on Head-Royce campus.



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?
  • How do the SAT and ACT compare?
  • What are the implications of ‘test optional’ policies?
  • How do you interpret PSAT scores?
  • What do I need to know about the new digital adaptive SAT?