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The Testing Webinar


Dear Pasadena Counselors,

We cordially invite you to attend Compass’ Testing Symposium, a professional development webinar. The program will take place on Thursday, April 16th, 12:00pm-2pm. Compass’ Managing Director, Torsten Sannar, and Senior Director, Jon Lee, will lead the event.

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJwsd-Crqz4oWrpJ-KozanDq0cQxo_MDKw

Presentation topics will include:

  • How to best respond to ACT’s online testing, superscore reporting, and section re-testing initiatives
  • The continued growth of the highest SAT/ACT scores and its impact on admission practices at highly selective colleges
  • Scaling issues on the Oct 2019 PSAT and what this means for National Merit cutoffs for the class of 2021
  • A year-in-review of test optional — the first TO class at the University of Chicago
  • The College Board’s Landscape tool (formerly known as the “adversity score”)
  • Testing guidance for the class of 2021
  • Alternate summer/fall test dates for the SAT and ACT
  • AP exam administration in spring 2020 (and colleges’ reactions)
  • Updates to Test-Optional and Subject Test policies in light of COVID-19

Please join us for essential testing insights, delicious food, and the good company of fellow counselors.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by completing the short form below.


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    Torsten Sannar

    Torsten holds a Ph.D. in Theater History from UC Santa Barbara and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. He has more than 20 years of test prep experience and enjoys drawing upon his creativity and college teaching to help families navigate the admission landscape. Torsten coordinates Compass School Partnership efforts nationwide and leads the Southern California office.

    Jon Lee

    Jon graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Los Angeles where he also earned a Master of Music degree and taught undergraduate classes. He spent five years overseeing tutoring services for the Guardian Scholars Program at LA City College, supporting current and former foster youth. Jon began his test prep career in 2002 and has helped hundreds of families navigate the path to college.


    Each year we invite Compass to present to our 10th grade families. These events help our families feel confident, relieved, and well-informed. I am inundated by offers from test prep companies, but I always find myself coming back to Compass.

    Canh Oxelson, Director of College CounselingHorace Mann School

    From Compass' compelling presentations on the testing landscape (whether in overviews to families or in deeper dives to area counselors), to the staff's deft tailor-making of school-specific online resources, we have been thoroughly impressed with our Compass experience.

    Brian Leipheimer, Director of College GuidanceCollegiate School (Richmond)

    We consider Compass to be consummate professionals and colleagues. When their speakers come to campus, families leave both informed and relieved of the anxiety that often accompanies admission testing.

    Marty O'Connell, Former DirectorColleges that Change Lives

    What we value most about Compass is their integrity. We trust the services they provide -- private tutoring, practice testing, and public speaking -- and the intelligently responsive manner in which they offer them.

    Sharon Cuseo, Upper School DeanHarvard-Westlake School

    We are delighted to partner with Compass, as so many of our colleagues have done. The education and training Compass provides to our school is invaluable. Their excellent research de-stresses rather than raise alarms.

    Katy Murphy, Director of College Counseling & Former NACAC PresidentBellarmine College Prep

    Compass provides testing knowledge and high-quality research shared in an accessible, anxiety-reducing way for audiences from experienced college counselors to families just starting the college process.

    Emmi Harward, Executive DirectorACCIS

    Compass is my go-to source for clear, helpful, and thorough information about college standardized tests. Their style is polished and professional as well as accessible and fun. I find Compass to be in tune with and responsive to the needs of teenagers, educators, and parents.

    Erin Johnston, Director of College GuidanceNational Cathedral School