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 [email protected] 

Upcoming Webinars – See Descriptions and Register

How to Obtain Accommodations on the SAT and ACT, presented by Matt Steiner
Tuesday, December 8th, 11a.m. Pacific | 2p.m. Eastern
Details
If you plan on requesting testing accommodations for the SAT or ACT, tune in to our upcoming webinar that will explore the following:

– The range of accommodations available to students with disabilities (i.e. not just “extra time” anymore)
– How the accommodations request processes differ between College Board and ACT
– The hallmarks of a successful request and its underlying documentation
– Pros and cons of private evaluations vs. district- or state-funded evaluations

This webinar will be 30 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A.

REGISTER FOR DECEMBER 8th
College Admission Testing 101, presented by Eric Anderson
Wednesday, December 16th, 5p.m. Pacific | 8p.m. Eastern
Details
Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

– 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: families new to Compass, rising juniors and their parents

REGISTER FOR DECEMBER 16th
College Admission Testing 101, presented by Jon Lee and Matt Steiner
Thursday, January 14th, 4p.m. Pacific | 7p.m. Eastern
Details
Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

– 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: families new to Compass, rising juniors and their parents

REGISTER FOR JANUARY 14th
College Admission Testing 101, presented by Dulcie Head
Wednesday, February 10th, 10a.m. Pacific | 1p.m. Eastern
Details
Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

– 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: families new to Compass, rising juniors and their parents

REGISTER FOR FEBRUARY 10th
College Admission Testing 101, presented by Eric Anderson and Nina Kao
Tuesday, March 9th, 1p.m. Pacific | 4p.m. Eastern
Details
Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

– 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: families new to Compass, rising juniors and their parents

REGISTER FOR MARCH 9th
College Admission Testing 101
Wednesday, April 7th, 5p.m. Pacific | 8p.m. Eastern
Details
Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:

– 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: families new to Compass, rising juniors and their parents

REGISTER FOR APRIL 7th

Past Webinars – Watch the Recordings

November 10: College Admission Testing 101 – presented by Jon Lee and Nina Kao

Topics that were examined in the one-hour webinar:

  • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
  • Test-date disruption and when site-based testing may resume
  • 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

October 20: The Current State of College Admission Testing – presented by Matt Steiner and hosted by AIMS

The Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) and Compass Education Group presented a thoughtful and pragmatic webinar about college admission testing.

This event covered the following key insights and more:

  • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
  • Understanding the nuances of the test optional landscape
  • When to submit/not submit test scores
  • When to encourage/discourage testing this fall (especially among seniors)
  • How sophomores and juniors should approach admission testing post-COVID
  • Optimal timing for testing and potential preparation

October 8: College Admission Testing 101 – presented by Matt Steiner and Dulcie Head

Topics that were examined in the one-hour webinar:

  • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
  • Test-date disruption and when site-based testing may resume
  • 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

August 5: The Current State of College Admission Testing – presented by Adam Ingersoll

Topics that were examined in the one-hour webinar:

  • The state of admission testing as the new school year approaches
  • Coping with site cancellations and disrupted testing timelines
  • Test-optional movement’s rapid growth; implications for students
  • ACT set to debut at-home testing and individual section re-testing
  • Behind College Board’s decision to postpone at-home SAT testing
  • Flexible and creative test prep plans that account for unknowns

June 22: Compass Resources for Summer Prep – presented by Sara Berard, Eric Anderson, and Nina Kao

A director- and tutor-led discussion about how customized 1-on-1 test preparation with Compass actually works. We examine the contextual considerations that inform our recommendations; explain what makes a comprehensive test prep program effective; provide a preview of Compass’s curricula, technology, and tools; suggest questions families should ask before selecting a test prep provider; and share habits of the most successful test prep students we know.

You can use the chapter markers to navigate to different parts of the video:

0:00: Welcome to Compass
5:18: What happens when someone calls Compass?
10:30: How do directors make thoughtful testing recommendations?
21:55: Who are Compass tutors?
32:30: How do tutors build a strong rapport with students?
34:30: What materials do students and tutors use?
39:03: How do directors manage ongoing programs?
41:36: What score improvement can students expect?
47:50: What makes for a “smartest test taker”?
50:15: How does Compass price programs?
52:15: Q&A and online test demo

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, High School 1327

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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