Navigating College Admission Tests



Tuesday, November 19 — 6:00 PM


Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)


This presentation is offered by the PVHS College & Career Center and attendance for students and parents grades 9-11 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 PVHS families for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing that will be useful to students and parents alike.

Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

  • SAT or ACT: Making your best choice
  • Understanding PSAT scores and what they project
  • Test scores’ role and weight in college admissions
  • Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
  • The relevance of Subject Tests at competitive colleges
  • Sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep


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 Practice Tests

PVHS will administer an ACT or SAT diagnostic test for students in the 10th and 11th grade. The test results are invaluable in helping the PVHS college counselors and Compass directors to craft the ideal testing and tutoring plan for each student.


Saturday, February 29th, 2020 — 9:00 AM


The ACT or SAT Practice Test (with essay!) will be administered on campus at PVHS. Students will report to the PVHSCCC (room 318) no later than 8:45 for their room assignment. Students must have their PVHS student ID with them in order to test. This event is free for all PVHS sophomores and juniors.


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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?