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Navigating College Admission Tests



Thursday, April 20th at 6:30 p.m.



In-person at the LFA Cressey Center for the Arts


Interested in learning usable information about standardized testing and college admissions?  In response to the pandemic, colleges have radically adjusted their admission testing requirements. Currently, around 95% of US colleges are test optional, but the decision to test and submit scores is not so simple.  Furthermore, last spring, College Board announced the biggest change to the SAT in a century.  Starting in 2023, the PSAT and SAT will be digital.  The Class of 2025 will be the first to take the redesigned Digital PSAT and Digital SAT.

Hear from the experts at Compass Education Group as they lead a pragmatic discussion of college admission testing.  Presentation topics will include:

  • The evolving role of ACT, SAT, and AP Exam scores in specific contexts
  • Parsing the subtlety and variety of testing policies
  • Fresh admissions data from test score submitters and non-submitters
  • Making an informed choice between the ACT and SAT
  • The diagnostic value of the PSAT and other practice tests
  • The adaptive design of the Digital PSAT & SAT
  • How to build a successful prep timeline


Eric Anderson (he/him) — Senior Director Compass Chicago
Eric grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois, where he was U of I’s first Rhodes Scholarship campus nominee in nearly a decade.  After college, he worked for the Discovery Channel, MTV Networks, Sony Pictures, and YouTube.  He also served as a script doctor for lots of really corny low-budget horror and action movies whose titles shall remain unmentioned.  Between film gigs, Eric joined Compass’s Southern California team as an ACT and SAT math tutor.  He enjoyed the one-on-one tutoring experience so much that he made it his mission to bring Compass back to the Midwest.  In 2019, Eric launched Compass Midwest out of Chicago.  Today, Eric mentors a team of dozens of tutors and guides hundreds of families each year through the college admission testing process.

Register to Take a Complimentary Practice Test:

Although each student’s path to a successful testing outcome is unique, all begin with baseline testing.  Register above, and you will receive a link to take a complimentary practice test (usually $50/test) after the event.  

You can take the practice test any time in the 30 days following the event.  After the test, review your performance by scheduling a complimentary strategic planning call with your Compass Director.

Schedule a Consultation

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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 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?