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College Counseling and Admissions Testing Overview



Wednesday, June 2nd, 7 p.m. Pacific Time

*Please plan to log in to the webinar at least 10 minutes early.


Erin Miller, Northwest School Director of College Counseling
Matty Steiner, Compass Senior Director of Outreach (Featured Speaker)


In order to participate in the live webinar, register here. You will receive a confirmation email with an explanation of how to connect on the day of the event. This presentation is offered by the Northwest School 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 service.


Please join 10th grade students and families from The Northwest School for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of the college admissions process and college testing. The presenters will provide an overview of the college counseling process at Northwest, as well as national trends in college admissions. Students also will have an opportunity to put their newly-received practice ACT scores in context. This event is recommended for all 10th grade students and families, whether or not you intend to participate in the online proctored practice ACT offered on May 22nd.

  • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
  • Test-date disruption and when site-based testing may resume
  • Likelihood of SAT and ACT remote online testing this fall
  • How colleges are responding now and what is unresolved
  • Making the best choice between the SAT and ACT
  • The role of test scores in different admissions contexts
  • Making sense of the subtlety and variety of testing policies
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
  • Finding the optimal timeline your for testing and test prep
  • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement


After seven years of work in higher education administration, Erin Miller joined the college counseling team at The Northwest School in 2013 and has served as Director of College Counseling since 2015. Throughout her career, Erin has focused on the transition from high school to college and has held roles in first year programs/student orientation, admissions, and international student advising.
(Featured Speaker) Professionally, Matty has a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, having worked as an instructor, consultant, and keynote speaker on the topic of admission testing. Matty and their colleagues at Compass are invited to speak at over 300 high schools and professional organizations each year, where they demystify college admission tests and allay anxiety about the testing process.


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?
  • Should you take SAT Subject Tests?