Test Preparation

Earn the score you need and build a foundation for long-term academic success

Our test-prep programs have two goals: achieve the scores and develop a better student. Every program is personalized match the unique needs of each student. Our method and curriculum sees dramatic improvements within 1 month. Over 6 months, most students score in the 90th percentile.

Proctored Writing Sample





Digital SAT



AMC 8 / AMC 10

ACT and SAT Results

34 +
Average ACT Score over 8 years
1500 +
Average SAT Score

ISEE Results

of students accepted to top private schools
Average ISEE Percentile Score
Average ISEE Stanine
"He scored sevens across the board with an eight in reading comp. We feel really grateful for the amazing support and guidance that your time with him has provided. He has worked so hard and we are so grateful to you."

Parent, Crystal Springs Uplands School

"Thank you so much for teaching [student] and walking through the ISEE and middle school application process. It is so super helpful! She did very well; she got into Crystal Spring, Castilella, and Menlo. She will be joining Crystal in the coming fall. Thank you very much!"


Crystal Springs Uplands School

"It's important to me that you know how much I appreciate how you have taught and supported [student] through this process, regardless of test outcome. You took the time to know him as an individual, tailored the sessions and practice tests to his needs, and helped him feel confident throughout. You have a gift at teaching and we are thankful for you."


Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

"Thank you for the note you wrote earlier in the week. He got into all the schools he applied to - Menlo, Crystal, Priory, SH, Pinewood. I wanted to sincerely thank you for the tremendous work you did with him. He grew so much in his writing with you and your thoughtfulness and strong sense of who he is as a student and person has been so valuable. Now we need to decide between Menlo and Crystal….
Thank you!"


Phillips Brooks School, Menlo School

"I wanted to thank you for working with her for the past couple years and helping her gain her confidence in math. I still remember when I called you asking you to help her, and you very graciously took her under your wing…… and now she is off to Wesleyan in the fall (her ED college of choice) and we could not be more delighted for her. Please take care and know that this family is very grateful to you for all your help."

Malvika Behl

Woodside Priory and Menlo School

"I am hoping [Student] reached out to you and you know already that he got his ACT score yesterday and it was a PERFECT 36! I am so proud of him and he was over the moon! Thank you for working with him and preparing him for the test. He is very pleased."

Linda Knoll

Parent, Menlo School

"I'm grateful for all the help he gave me. Without it, I don't think I would have gotten into Menlo"

Quote from student

"Wanted to let you know that [Student] got her test scores back. She got a 35 on her ACT. She is thrilled!!"


Castilleja School, Menlo School, University of Chicago

Test Prep Services

PSAT, Digital SAT and ACT

We have 20+ years experience coaching the PSAT, SAT, DSAT, and ACT

Our tutoring program prepares students to achieve their best possible score with a combination of test-taking strategy and content review. We help students build a comprehensive approach to each section that includes timing strategy, the process of elimination, and ways to reduce stress, maintain focus, and optimize performance. We work with students including students with learning differences. We set high goals for improvement and tailor our work to help each student achieve score improvements that exceed expectations.

To decide whether the Digital SAT or the ACT is a better choice, we consider a range of factors and may recommend diagnostic practice tests as a starting point. Our tutoring programs consist of 10 1.5 hour meetings with either 1.5 hours of homework or a practice test between sessions.

We offer proctored practice tests for all tests with all available accommodations and technology.


AP tests give students the opportunity to add additional data to their college application package of strong grades and test scores. Our AP programs help students master critical test-taking strategies and review and strengthen core content knowledge. We offer proctored AP practice tests in our offices.


The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), created by ERB, is a series of standardized tests used primarily by independent and private schools. The CTP evaluates student achievement in core subjects like reading, writing, mathematics, and science. It also measures critical thinking skills through verbal and quantitative reasoning sections. Schools use the CTP to track student progress, guide curriculum choices, and evaluate instructional effectiveness.


We are the premier middle school and high school entrance exam experts nationally. Our curriculum is kid-friendly, rigorous, enjoyable and efficient, tailored to meet the unique needs of elementary and middle school students. We help parents and students pick the right test, plan a sensible preparation schedule, and make adjustments to optimize growth.We have a stellar track record for high score results and improvement.  We align our programs with the highest standards of nationally recognized middle and high schools, and we enthusiastically support our students as they make a dramatic improvement in skills and self-confidence. We've seen year after year that, with support from an expert educator, every student can make dramatic improvements regardless of learning differences or educational background.

Proctored Writing Sample

The proctored writing sample is a student’s chance to showcase creative ideas, analysis, organization, and writing mechanics. We build upon the interests and strengths of our students as we develop skills and strategies great writers use. Our program, based on over a decade of writing instruction in the elementary, middle, and secondary grades and on thousands of hours of 1-1 timed writing coaching (ISEE, SSAT, SAT Essay, ACT Writing, AP Language, AP Literature), prepares students with excellent fundamental writing skills as well as the strategies needed for the on-demand, timed exercise.

AMC 8 / AMC 10

Both AMC 8 and AMC 10 competitions are fundamental steps in a series of contests that can lead talented students to participate in the most prestigious mathematical Olympiads. Participating in these competitions not only enhances students' problem-solving skills but also builds a strong foundation for future mathematical success. Tutoring for the AMC 8 and AMC 10 typically focuses on developing critical thinking skills, mastering foundational concepts, and applying knowledge to solve complex problems, aiming to equip students with the tools they need to excel in these competitions and beyond.