Below you will find SAT/ACT tutor names and information, as well as reviews from some families. Please note that this is an informal list of names and companies we have heard good things about, not an official endorsement of any one of them.  If there are any tutors or test prep companies you would like to add to this list, please email me:

Phil Gillen: 347.579.5894

As a Harvard-graduate SAT and ACT tutor (with perfect scores on both tests), I have worked with over 200 students in my 7 years in the industry. My program is comprehensive but flexible: I can take students through test choice, content, strategies, practice tests, and official test dates. I am proud to say that I have helped all of my students to learn, increase their scores, and pursue their dreams (and maybe even have some fun in the process!). Most of my students finish above the 90th percentile and find their way to the best colleges in the country

Austin Trow:, 303-915-9130 Austin graduated from Yale University in 2012 and had tutored hundreds of students in the New York area. He specializes in the ACT and SAT, as well as the History and Math subject tests.

Berit Anderson:; Email:
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Jeff Antkowiak: Phone: 1-866-606-3930; Email: 
Fast Forward Thinking

Michael Blume: Email: Phone: (973) 534-4309.
Tutors students in academics as well as SAT and ACT prep. He is extremely well-versed in both tests, is smart, patient, easy to work with, reliable, and affordable tutor who graduated from Yale.

Bryan Cassi: Queens and Long Island only; Phone: (516) 690-4987
Highly recommended tutor for the SHSAT (Specialized High School Test) and for the SAT. Bryan's an excellent tutor, and obviously has an aptitude for teaching. He's very professional, prompt, organized, and provides all study materials. He tailors a curriculum and develops a test strategy based the student's strengths and weaknesses. He also can guide students as to what test their skills mesh most with - the SAT or the ACT. On a personal level, he is very nice and students and families like him very much. Please note; He comes to the student's home for tutoring sessions, once a week for 1.5 hours.

Christina Chestnut, Tutor Associates: Phone: (646) 638-3504, (914) 498-2627; 
Director of Specialized Programs

Daniel David: Email:, Phone: (646) 683-4858
He provided students personal attention focusing on what our son needed help with the most. The results were spectacular.

Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone: Email:
SAT I and ACT, all sections, SAT II-Literature, Math Levels 1 and 2, Spanish, Physics, Chemistry
Addresses text anxiety issues, organization and general problem solving techniques.

Sam Emara: Email:; Website: DO BETTER™ - Emara Academic Solutions
Excellent academic tutor for Math and Spanish (among other subjects). He can very quickly analyze a student’s problem areas and address them. Additionally, Sam is a great SAT math tutor, and can tutor to prepare students for all math and and science SAT questions. He has also been advising students on SAT prep and timing for taking both the regular SAT and the subject tests.He's very smart and personable. He went to Lab ('99) for high school and gained early decision to Columbia.

Zev Fagin: SAT and ACT Tutor  917-342-5724

Scott Farber: Email: 

Val Fitzhugh: Phone: (212) 957-9100:
Executive Director, Next Level Learning Center

Melissa Gad: Phone: (203) 521-5291; Email:

Eric Garduno: Email:; Phone: (646) 926-1043
Upper West Side

Michael Giles: Email:  Park Slope

Richard Goldman: SAT/ACT Tutor phone: (917)543 4592, Email:

Taylor Grant-Knight: Email:; Phone (call or text): (518) 321-1671;
Taylor graduated Magna cum Laude with distinction from Amherst College in mathematics. His particular focus was in mathematical logic. He's such a great teacher and is incredibly enthusiastic about learning.  Students actually enjoy their sessions and state that they learned so much with Taylor as their tutor. He will come to a student's home or meet in a library.

Ricky Greenberg: Phone: (917) 992-9264 or (212)874-0069

Emily Hoffman: Email:; Phone: (917) 499-6792
Excellent private SAT tutor. Emily will come to your home, do a diagnostic session with the student, identify strengths and weaknesses, and discuss some preliminary strategies, and continue to assist your child with all SAT related tactics and studies.

Ken Jacobson: Phone: (212) 222-2331;; Email:
*One parent noted that Ken Jacobson works well with shyer students. He is excellent and has a computer program that the studnet can use for practice between meetings that is nice.

Steven Kreps: Phone: (917) 202-2893; Email:

Andrew Lee: Email:; Phone: (201) 562-3537
Great tutor for SAT's. He brought a student’s scores up by hundreds of points. He was thorough and generous and so easy to work with. The recommending parent really likes him as a person and would love to get him more business. He met with the student at their home on weekday evenings and supplied the student with homework throughout the week. He, himself got a perfect score on the SAT's.

Khoi Luu: Phone: (646) 522-0857; Email: 

Marguerita Merrick M.A., M.Phil: Phone: (347) 249-4224;

James Murphy: Email:
SAT and ACT tutor

Rachel Norman: Phone: (917) 415-7311; Email:
SAT, ACT, SAT II in Literature, US History and World History
*One parent noted her experience working with students with learning issues.

Jenny Paul: Email:; Phone (214) 437-8723
A SAT/ACT specialist whose tutoring was invaluable. She helped to raise SAT scores and build confidence for future testing.

Penn Pal Tutors:
We are a full-service private tutoring company located in the heart of NYC. We offer a breadth of academic tutoring, standardized test prep, essay writing and application help across the board. 

Ryan Phillips: (917) 880-6841; Email:
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Judith Rogers: Phone: (646) 335-3245

Philip Roux-Lough: Phone: (646) 715-724; Email:
Tutor all high school math and physics; specializes in the Math portion of the SAT

Suraj Som: Phone: (718) 216-7392 973 534-4309.
David Stein: Phone: (415) 317-3703

Shira Stone: Email:; Phone: (917) 723-1728
Brooklyn based. She can handle any level of math and SAT and ACT prep. What is great about Shira is that she targets her work to area of need. So she quickly assesses strengths and weaknesses and hones in to make the tutoring session most efficient. She has worked with kids from 7th grade through high school as necessary.

Ally Villareal and 361-960-0308
Based on UWS. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Columbia University, Comfortable and confident teaching students in any level of Spanish, especially those in upper divisions (took both AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature in high school, and I'm familiar with the curricula). Could also tutor World History, U.S. history, or English.

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PrivatePrep: Zachary Gilman, NYC Director:; Website:
They have provided students and families with tutors for World History AP/SAT II, Math ll Sat ll, and the SAT. Each time, they carefully match students up with great tutors that fit them academically and personality wise. They have a center for administering practice test with proctors in a very professional setting. Tests are graded within days and they provide you with intelligent, insightful feedback. Beacon students have benefited from their well thought out tutoring program, including diagnostic testing, analysis, and the prep materials they provide. Each lesson is followed by an email with a review of what they covered and a homework assignment for weekly practice. They also provide subject tutoring and college counseling.

Academic Approach: Phone: (212) 348-4172
Recommended tutor: Nathan Rayman
*One parent noted the availability of multiple tutors to match multiple types of student personalities

Metro Academic Prep: Dan Stern: Email:

Atlas Test Prep:

Brooklyn Learning Center: Phone: (718) 935-0400

Cates Tutoring:
Many families have been very happy with them. They are able to take student personalities and find great tutors that are excellent matches for them. They are able to help with academic tutoring as well as SAT/ACT prep.

City Smarts:
The founders, Mark and Danielle, have been working with families for over three years, and are each terrific tutors, easily engaging with students in different styles and methods. They have a great rapport with their students and her teaching methods are innovative and successful.

Educational Talent Search Program for First Generation Students: Contact: Arthur Valiant Ybarra, Program Counselor, Educational Talent Search at John Jay College Phone: (212) 237-8913.
7 week program for 7 Saturdays from March-mid April that includes college workshops, 1.5 hours of SAT math lessons and practice, and 1.5 hours SAT writing/critical reading workshops.There is an SAT practice exam prior to the beginning of the workshops, and one after you have finished the workshops to view any progress. It was helpful in terms of building confidence and using the materials to study even further on my own.

Huntington Learning Center:

Kaplan Test Prep
Provides in person and online tutoring as well as in person and online SAT and ACT classes, Kaplan has got you covered. For more information call our 800 number, 1-800-527-8378, Robin Kaufman, 1-914-364-0336 or go to

Lexicon Academics: Email:; Phone: (646) 863-9700

My Learning Springboard:
Services include subject tutors, test prep, college essays and time management issues. Brad puts together a comprehensive support system with a holistic point of view.  Parents have found the tutors all to be very responsive, offering progress reports, answering emails etc. and highly recommend them.

Next Level Tutoring
Joanne and Valerie are outstanding. Valerie takes a lot of time to match your child with a good fit.  The emails from Joanne (his actual tutor) were so insightful and well thought out.  They really made a difference and help students feel more confident for the ACT.  They are expensive so I would not use them for everyday tutoring but I'm sure they would be great.

Practice Questions:

Revolution Prep:
They have been incredibly helpful in terms of SAT tutoring. Their one-on-one tutoring as well as their options for tutoring was assuring that the cost wouldn't be too much. Students have been able to increase their score quickly. Tutors help students focus on their weak points rather than generally going through everything. This is time efficient and financially efficient as well. They also have online course opportunities - you are able to do SAT prep from home which was great as students can be involved with so many activities. The small class size was great.
Plan recommended by one family: If I were to recommend a tutoring plan it would not be the simple $99 an hour tutoring. I would say to choose either the 6 hour for one month for $299 or the 12 hour for one month for $549. This is half the price that they advertise and allows you to see your monthly progress and not feel obligated to keep tutoring until the exam if you don't need to.

SAT Study Guide Zone:

The Tutoring Collective:
For everyday tutoring, Laurie Marvald uses a lot of younger tutors that are very smart and good with teens.  Her prices are great and she is a wealth of information. She also matches kids up really well and you never feel rushed talking to her for advice - and she has a lot of useful advice to give.

The Princeton Review:
*Dennis Keselman has worked on SAT prep together with students in a group of four and has been great. 

Tutor Associates: Phone: (646) 638-3504;
Offers separate tutors for Math and Critical Reading portions of the SAT
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Recommended tutors found on Wyzant:
Robin W.: She would come for an hour and look at her college art portfolio and give us some advice on which pieces she should send. Not only did she help us with buckets of practical advice about which pieces to send in and how, but she had very wise holistic advice about how to think about portfolios and one's artistic history and future in general.

David M.: Calculus tutor, he was wonderful -- and comparatively cheap

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