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Navigating College Admissions Tests


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On January 25th at 6:30pm, parents and students from the class of 2019 and 2020 are invited to attend an on-campus presentation by Compass Director Lia Lackey. Lia will introduce the current landscape of college admission testing. See below for further details.

When students and parents ask me for test prep options, I provide a list. When they ask for recommendations, I provide only one. The directors of Compass are honest, respected, and smart. They are more interested in teaching and guiding than in selling — a refreshing find in test preparation.

Jon Reider, Director of College CounselingSan Francisco University High School

I continually look to Compass to provide the students and parents I work with the proper perspective on testing. As a college counselor who employs a student-centered process, I have found Compass to be well-informed, comprehensive, and engaging to my students' and comforting to their parents.

Cesar Guerrero, Director of College CounselingStuart Hall High School

I only trust Compass to speak to the sophisticated audience at my school about college admissions testing and preparation. Students feel much more at ease and families walk away with real insight into testing.

Krista Klein, Co-Director of College CounselingLick-Wilmerding High School

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Event Details

Navigating College Admission Tests

January 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

The leaders at Compass Education Group are asked to speak at over 150 elite schools every year. Join us for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing.

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 pervasive myths about testing and admission
  • The relevance of Subject Tests at elite colleges
  • Sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep

A link to Lia’s slides will be added to this page after the presentation. You may also download The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing, which will be available in hard copy at the presentation. This is a resource for students, parents, and counselors, with more than 80 pages of unbiased information on the SAT, PSAT, Subject Tests, and ACT. The print edition has reached over 100,000 families and is used by counseling offices at many of the top schools in the U.S.


For a short guide on test prep planning, see our SAT and ACT Planning Strategy Guide.

Lia Lackey


Lia Lackey is the Managing Director of Compass Education Group’s Bay Area office in Larkspur, CA. She began SAT and ACT tutoring in 1997 as she was finishing her B.A. in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Compass, she worked with the Sacramento County Office of Education developing scoring rubrics for the Golden State Science Exams. She now leads the team of Compass Program Directors who guide families near and far through the complex landscape of college admission testing.

Consultation & Practice Tests

Along with complimentary director consultations, students may contact our offices to request a space for a proctored practice SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test.


Compass Directors are leading experts in the field of admission testing. They will personally lead every aspect of your experience with Compass, including test recommendations, tutor selection, and ongoing oversight. Details of each student’s individualized preparation plan can be discussed after completion of a diagnostic test.


We offer proctored practice exams every weekend at a variety of locations. The scores will be available within 2 business days and are a valuable planning tool for families, counselors, and Compass directors.


Please complete the form below to connect with Compass regarding your testing plans.

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Private Tutoring


Efficient and successful test prep relies on accurate diagnoses. Our practice tests provide a detailed portrait of your testing strengths and weaknesses, allowing us to make recommendations and adjustments tailored to your personal needs.
After a thorough assessment of testing data, background, needs, and goals, we develop an individualized plan. Because we do not offer “packages” of lessons, we have the flexibility to craft personalized programs of study that take these nuances into account.
We hold all our instructors to the same high standards, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Your schedule, your learning style, even your outside interests – we consider all these factors in selecting the best instructor for you.
Once lessons begin, our instructors and directors work together to monitor your progress and make adjustments until you achieve your score goals. We are never on auto-pilot, and our continued oversight drives the success of our programs.

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