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Navigating College Admission Tests



Wednesday, February 28, 2024 (Online)

4:45-5:15 p.m. — The Facts about Digital Adaptive Testing

5:30-6:00 p.m. — Using dPSAT & pACT Reports to Carve the Best Path to Testing


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 counselors at Pacific Ridge and Torsten Sannar, Managing Director of Compass Education Group, 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 presenter 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, PSAT/SAT, and AP Exams.

Presentation topics include:

  • SAT or ACT: Making your best choice
  • Understanding the new digital, adaptive PSAT and SAT
  • 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 and test prep classes 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 families and school communities 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 a practice test!

Pacific Ridge School and Compass Education have partnered to offer an on-campus, paper/pencil, ACT practice test (linear, non-adaptive) at no cost. The test results are invaluable in helping the Pacific Ridge School college counselors and Compass directors craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.



  • On-campus ACT practice test: Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 AM 


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?