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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 300 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.

In addition to the many presentations we host for schools across the country, Compass also offers monthly webinars available 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

Digital PSAT & SAT Workshop
Presented by Veteran Compass Tutors
Upcoming Presentations:
Saturday, September 30th, 1p.m. Pacific | 4p.m. Eastern
Saturday, October 21st, 1p.m. Pacific | 4p.m. Eastern

Please join expert Compass instructors for a FREE review of what to expect and how to prepare for the PSAT/SAT’s new digital format. We’ll share specific strategies and work through some helpful sample problems so that you’re positioned for success. Students who attend will have access to a digital adaptive practice test following the session.

Recommended for: students taking the October 2023 PSAT or a spring 2024 SAT

Navigating College Admission Tests
Presented by senior Compass Directors
Upcoming Presentations:
Thursday, October 12th, 5p.m. Pacific | 8p.m. Eastern
Wednesday, December 6th, 3p.m. Pacific | 6p.m. Eastern

A sweeping overhaul of the SAT/PSAT is imminent. Starting in the fall of 2023, paper-based administrations of the PSAT will be completely replaced by an adaptive, computer-based format. The SAT will follow suit in March 2024.

Please join other students and families for a timely, thoughtful, and pragmatic discussion that will span the following topics and more:

  • How to respond to the flexibility afforded by test-optional policies
  • Best way to approach the SAT vs ACT decision
  • Understanding the new digital, adaptive PSAT and SAT
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
  • Finding the optimal timeline for your testing and test prep
  • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement

Recommended for: high school students and their parents

ACT Workshop
Presented by Veteran Compass Tutors
Upcoming Presentations:
Sunday, October 8th, 3p.m. Pacific | 6p.m. Eastern
Sunday, December 3rd, 3p.m. Pacific | 6p.m. Eastern

Please join expert Compass instructors for a FREE review of what to expect and how to prepare for the ACT. We’ll share specific strategies and work through some helpful sample problems so that you’re positioned for success for your future test.

Recommended for: students planning to take the ACT

You took the new digital adaptive PSAT. Now what?
Presented by Compass Co-Founder Adam Ingersoll
Upcoming Presentations:
Wednesday, November 8th, 4p.m. Pacific | 7p.m. Eastern
Thursday, November 16th, 12p.m. Pacific | 3p.m. Eastern

Official PSAT Scores are set to release to students on November 6th and 16th (check with your college counseling office to see which date yours will be returned). We welcome you to join one of our upcoming PSAT Score Review sessions! We’ll help you interpret what your scores mean, what they project, and what to do with them – whether that means further diagnostics, creating a plan to prepare for the first digital SAT in the spring, or switching gears to focus on the ACT. We’ll also have recent updates on the landscape of colleges’ testing policies as the effect of the pandemic on those policies has waned.

Recommended for: students taking the new digital adaptive PSAT in October 2023 and their parents


Past Webinars – Watch the Recordings

August 2023: Top Tips for 2023-24 AP Success – presented by Eric Anderson, Kelly Corey, and Compass AP Tutors

Visit compassprep.com/classes/ap-exams for more information about AP Exam tutoring, and to register for a practice AP Exam this spring!

March 2023: SAT vs. ACT: Making Your Best Choice – presented by Dulcie Head & Torsten Sannar

This webinar will help you make the decision between the SAT and the ACT, and also explain the differences between 1on1 and Group Instruction at Compass. Use the chapter markers to navigate through the video.

May 2021: College Admission and Testing: What Just Happened and What's Next? – A Panel with Colgate's Senior Assistant Dean of Admission and a College Counselor

Use the following Chapter Markers to navigate to different parts of the presentation:

2:42 Alyse Levine opening words
4:15 Mari Prauer: Colgate ’21 year in review
7:43 Alyse: national ’21 year in review
18:10 Adam: realities of test optional
30:25 Mari: thoughts on TO and Alyse’s data
33:55 How are apps evaluated w/o scores?
37:30 Alyse: insight on admissions w/o scores
39:40 Case studies: submit scores or withhold?
45:00 What scores are competitive?
46:23 Mari: evaluating scores in context
51:00 Alyse: demographic and regional nuances
53:00 Gender imbalance, more competitive for women
53:50 Apply to more colleges because of test-optional?
55:05 What will change for class of ’22 vs class of ’21?
57:00 Is AP becoming more important? Implications?
59:30 Diversity. Role of race, ethnicity, SES, first-gen status
1:03:05 Impact of diversity goals on over-represented students
1:05:03 Why test-optional policies are necessary and fair
1:06:46 How test-optional has been liberating for students
1:08:40 Alyse and Mari discussion of student mental health
1:14:22 Determining which schools are “reach” vs “likely”
1:17:30 Do admissions officers want test-optional to stay?
1:19:37 Relevance of extracurriculars, consideration of LDs
1:23:25 Final words of wisdom from panelists

April 2020: 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, Archie Williams High School

From Compass’ webinars for college counselors, to The Guide to College Admission Testing, to Matty 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, AP Exams, 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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