Webinars on College Admission Testing

Upcoming and Recent Events Presented by Compass Education Group

For 30 years, college admission professionals have relied on Compass for essential and insightful information about standardized testing. Our leadership is invited to provide keynote addresses at 200 schools and conferences across the USA annually. We also provide training on test interpretation for the admission teams at leading universities, such as Caltech, Rochester, and USC.

During this time of social distancing, all our presentations have been rescheduled as webinars and many of the hosting organizations have agreed to open the events to all. See below for a list of upcoming events followed by recordings of recent events. If you are a school or college counseling group and would like to schedule an event, contact us at outreach@compassprep.com. 

Upcoming Webinars – See Descriptions and Register

College Admission Testing During COVID-19, presented by Matt Steiner
Wednesday, May 20th, 4p.m. Pacific | 7p.m. Eastern
Details
During the one hour webinar, we will examine the following topics:

  • 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

Recommended for: students, parents, families new to Compass

REGISTER FOR MAY 20th
College Admission Testing During COVID-19, presented by Eric Anderson
Thursday, June 4th, 10a.m. Pacific | 1p.m. Eastern
Details
During the one hour webinar, we will examine the following topics:

  • 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

Recommended for: students, parents, families new to Compass

REGISTER FOR JUNE 4th

Past Webinars – Watch the Recordings

May 7: 2020 AP Exams: Navigating the Road Ahead – presented by Eric Anderson and Dulcie Head

The AP Exams start next week! We wanted to alleviate any last minute concerns so that you are prepared to fully showcase your expertise on the tests. To make sure you’re ready for a smooth AP Exam experience, we covered:

  • Navigating the online demo and the test-taking portal
  • The best techniques for different subjects
  • How will scoring work, and how can you best use your time?
  • Ideas for last-minute prep
  • Exam security and the potential impact of others cheating
  • Will colleges accept your results?

May 5: Testing Guidance for Class of 2021 and 2022 – presented by Matt Steiner and hosted by Philadelphia Independent Schools

Compass senior director Matt Steiner led a webinar for sophomore and junior families at Philadelphia Independent Schools. Matt discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the relative importance of admission testing, the growth of the test optional movement, and guidance for families as they consider test preparation and official exam dates. They also dispelled myths about how test preparation works, described optimal test-taking behaviors, and shared how Compass’ score reports form the foundation of a successful tutoring program.

May 5: Admissions and Testing Insights for the Class of 2021 – presented by Bruce Reed, UCLA’s Gary Clark, and WACAC President Lauren Cook

Compass co-founder Bruce Reed and UCLA’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions Gary Clark join WACAC President Lauren Cook for a lively discussion of the questions confronting the class of 2021.

April 28: College Admission Testing During COVID-19 – presented by Adam Ingersoll and hosted by Cary Academy and Durham Academy

This webinar focused on a broad array of college admission testing issues and addressed the concerns from both the 11th grade and 10th grade perspectives. The one hour presentation was followed by a Q&A. This event took place *after* College Board announced the cancellation of the June SAT and after the public announcement of the possibility of online, at-home SATs and ACTs this fall. The consequences of these announcements were discussed at length.

April 17: COVID-19 1on1 Q&A for Class of 2021 with Compass Co-Founder Bruce Reed and a Director of College Counseling

Compass Founder Bruce Reed sat down with Dot Kowal, Director of College Counseling at Sonoma Academy, to answer some of the most commonly asked questions we’re receiving from the class of 2021. Use the chapter markers to navigate to the following answers:

  • 1:27 — Will all colleges go test optional?
  • 2:54 — (Why) should I submit scores to a test optional college?
  • 7:19 — Without scores, what would a college evaluate?
  • 10:43 — Will COVID-19 affect the SAT/ACT curves?
  • 12:34 — How can I prepare for at-home, online testing?
  • 19:03 — Will cheating be a problem with at-home testing?
  • 21:39 — Will Subject Tests be fully available this fall?
  • 22:46 — Is ACT still planning to offer section re-testing?
  • 26:43 — How should students adjust their prep plans now?

April 6: College Admission Testing During COVID-19 – A Panel with Cornell's Vice-Provost of Enrollment and College Counselors from across the US

A national audience of more than 5,000 families and college counselors joined a panel of college admission experts to delve into the pandemic’s sweeping impact on college admission and testing. Panelists included Cornell’s Vice-Provost of Enrollment and Financial Aid along with Directors of College Counseling from Avenues: The World School in New York, NY; Cate School in Santa Barbara, CA; and Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY.

Praise for Our Presentations

We only receive positive feedback from families who have prepared with Compass. In a service industry that often feels 'transactional,' Compass makes a student's well-being and his or her specific needs the focal point.

Tamar Adegbile, Director of College Counseling, Cate School

When we refer families to Compass, we know that we are connecting them to professionals who can manage the entirety of the admission testing process. Students often say how much they love their tutors and how much their scores have improved.

Molly Branch, Co-Director of College Counseling, Windward School

I receive nothing but positive feedback following Compass' presentations. They have a natural way of putting families at ease, which is so important given the angst around standardized testing and college admissions. I highly recommend Compass to my colleagues and invite them back to our campus every year!

Lisa Neumaier, College & Career Specialist, Sir Francis Drake High School

From Compass’ webinars for college counselors, to The Guide to College Admission Testing, to Matt Steiner’s engaging presentation to our 10th grade families, we have been thoroughly impressed by Compass’ comprehensive resources, their data-driven knowledge of testing, and their sensible approach to taking these tests. We look forward to continuing to partner with Compass.

Tracy Matthews and Naté Hall, Friends Select School, Philadelphia, PA

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

Katy Murphy, Director of College Counseling, Bellarmine College Prep; Past-President of NACAC

Our families gravitate toward Compass because its tutors and staff honor each student, appreciating his or her unique strengths and weaknesses. Compass is the gold standard within the industry of test preparation.

Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Counseling, Campbell Hall

Compass' ability to marry clarity and depth of knowledge is a significant asset to the Urban School. Each time Compass presents, I walk away reassured that our students and parents are getting honest, well-researched information about college admission testing. This assurance is confirmed by the waves of appreciative emails I receive from families.

Lauren Gersick, Associate Director of College Counseling, the Urban School of San Francisco

Compass’ presentation was, by far, the best one we have ever had on admission testing. The content was spot on and the delivery was wonderful: clear, articulate, warm, and reassuring. Our parents were extremely complimentary and said they felt much better.

Gail Devine, College Counselor, Louisville High School

I appreciate the research and development that Compass shares regarding college admission tests. In their presentations, Compass illuminates what these tests DO and DON'T measure, which enables our students to separate their test scores from their identities. The tone of these events is overwhelmingly positive and optimistic.

Jeff Morrow, Director of College Counseling, Oaks Christian School

With all of the anxiety around college admissions testing and the redesigned SAT, Compass' presentation could not have been more timely and relevant for our students and parents. They have great skill at explaining the complex nuances of testing, while still making it clear enough for everyone to understand.

David Rion, Director of College Guidance, Loomis Chaffee School

Compass presenters manage to take a calm and light-hearted approach while also being professional in their delivery. Their talks strike the perfect balance - reducing anxiety while providing families with solid guidance regarding admission tests. Also, their materials, including the College Admission Testing Guide, are thoughtfully compiled by professionals I trust.

Steffany Perez, Co-Director of College Counseling, Oakwood School

Compass has been an invaluable resource for our families. Their staff is outstanding and have provided our students and parents with exceptional presentations to help demystify testing. In addition, the wealth of information and testing support they have provided to our families have been instrumental in helping our students achieve their best scores. We greatly value the collaborative effort provided by Compass to best support our students.

Clara Bird, Director of College Counseling, Providence High School

Each year we invite Compass to present to our 10th grade families about college admission testing. 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 Counseling, Horace Mann School; formerly Director of Recruitment, UPenn

Compass' seminar has been a tremendous benefit to my 10th graders and their parents each year for the last decade. The Compass leadership is in a class of its own; they are the foremost experts in the field with the highest ethical standards.

James Skrumbis, Head of School, Sierra Canyon School

Compass is an invaluable resource for us. Their approach to testing is smart and reasonable. Their sophomore parent testing evenings are of the highest quality – useful, comprehensive, well-researched, and delivered with compelling and fresh insight.

Laura Hotchkiss, Director of Upper School, Marlborough School

I only trust Compass to speak to the sophisticated audience at my school about college admissions testing and preparation. I love seeing the looks on their faces when they hear what Compass has to say in their informed, straight-talking, helpful presentations. Students feel much more at ease and families walk away with real insight into testing.

Krista Klein, Co-Director of College Counseling, Lick-Wilmerding High School

A Sampling of the 200+ Schools that Invite Compass to Present Annually

Battle Ground Academy, Nashville

Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose

Casady, Oklahoma City

Collegiate, Louisville

Collegiate, Richmond

Colorado Academy, Denver

Durham Academy

Friends Select, Philadelphia

Harvard-Westlake, Los Angeles

Head-Royce, Oakland

Hockaday, Dallas

Horace Mann, New York City

Hun School, Princeton

Isidore Newman, New Orleans

Kinkaid, Houston

Lakeside, Seattle

Memphis University School

New Trier, Chicago

Oregon Episcopal School, Portland

Ransom-Everglades, Miami

Shanghai American School

Sidwell Friends, DC

St. John’s, Puerto Rico

University High School, San Francisco

The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing

To complement the webinar, download a copy of The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing. This essential resource for families and counselors contains more than 80 pages of unbiased information on the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Subject Tests, and more. 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. The Guide is also available as a free PDF or iBook download via the link below. Sharon Cuseo of Harvard-Westlake School says “I wish every family in the country received this terrific resource.

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