Test Prep Tutors


Standardized tests like the ACT, SAT, and the ISEE can present a major obstacle—or a major opportunity—on your child’s academic journey. To begin our test prep program, Academic Achievers will administer a diagnostic assessment to identify areas of proficiency and areas in need of improvement. We create a customized prep curriculum and pair your student with a one-on-one Master tutor. Students may choose to be tutored at home or here in our Santa Monica facility. Our tutors demystify the tests, transforming them from impending disasters to surmountable tasks. One-on-one, our tutors will help your student bring their best self to the test.

And receive their very best scores.


Meet Our Staff


University of California at Los Angeles, MFA
Yale University, BA

Puja has over a decade of tutoring and teaching experience. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities, and has taught courses in English, Writing, Math, and Science at the university level. Not only is Puja one of the most accomplished test prep tutors, she is also an exceptional one-on-one tutor for any high school subjects. What she loves most about tutoring is seeing students become more self-reliant, confident, and excited about learning. Puja has tutored test prep with Academic Achievers for seven years and consistently receives excellent reviews. She has recently returned from a writing fellowship in India.

Rachel L.

Antioch University, MS
Salisbury University, BA, summa cum laude

Before joining the Academic Achievers team, Rachel was the manager and academic coach for a South Bay tutoring company for 5 years. She supervised and trained staff and specialized in all ISEE levels and all areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension and math achievement. Rachel is equally adept at tutoring subjects in math and science as well as verbal and writing. Rachel has been with Academic Achievers for 3 years and has an excellent track record of student improvement.


Queens College, MA
SUNY Oneonta, BS

Michelle is a talented test prep professional who has helped students excel in New York, San Diego and Los Angeles. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at Queens College. Michelle has helped students gain confidence in themselves and raise their test scores. She has worked as an academic tutor, educational therapist, and learning specialist. As well as SAT, ACT, and ISEE, Michelle also tutors English, Analytical Essay Writing, and Psychology. She has taught college math and advanced statistics. Michelle is currently applying to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.


Loyola Marymount, M Ed
Northwestern University, BA

Gabe has been teaching English and test prep in private schools for over 10 years. He has developed SAT and ACT curriculum for the Chadwick School in Pasadena focusing on language arts and the essay portions of the exam. Gabe has published and presented at several educational institutions and conferences. He received the Neda Loop Award at Loyola Marymount for outstanding analytical thesis. Besides his extensive work with ACT, SAT and ISEE prep, Gabe tutors AP Literature and Language.


University of Southern California, M Ed.
Rutgers University School of Law, JD
Rutgers College, BA

After completing his JD, Matt realized his passion was not in the law but in education and returned to school to receive a Masters in Mathematics Education. He was awarded a Math for America Teaching Fellowship and taught high school in Los Angeles for 5 year. Matt's patience, compassion, and ability to make complex subjects understandable makes him a popular tutor for all math subjects as well as ISEE, SAT, ACT, writing, chemistry, and AP physics. He has also helped students of all ages improve their executive functioning skills, including organization, planning, time management, as well as how to maintain attention and focus.


Boston College, BA, magna cum laude

Katie comes to us with a great deal of experience in test prep from some of the most prestigious tutoring agencies in New York. She has tutored for ten years for the GRE, Advanced Placement, SAT, PSAT, ACT, and all levels of the ISEE. Katie is also an accomplished subject tutor in math, as well as writing and reading analysis. She has also taught for the Fordham Preparatory School in New York.


University of Southern California, PhD (in progress)
University of California Riverside, BS, neuroscience

Jonathan has been tutoring and teaching math, science, and test prep for almost eight years. He has instructed courses in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry and Physics. Jonathan has worked with elementary as well as high school students creating novel problem solving techniques and systems for efficient time management skills for all his students. He has tutored students in all levels of the ISEE as well as SAT and ACT math. Jonathan works with his students to create personalized study/lesson plans to ensure their academic success.


Emory University, BS

Nalini has tutored high school students for over 9 years. Her areas of expertise and passion are ISEE, HSPT, ACT, SAT, Biology, and Literature. Her teaching career began as a Teaching Assistant in Advanced Biology courses at Emory University. Nalini has worked with students of all ages K-12 and at various levels of the learning curve. From learning challenged to highly competitive and gifted students, Nalini is excellent at zoning in on the specific learning process of her student, developing their weaknesses and strengths, achieving goals, and creating passion and confidence along the way.


University of California at Los Angeles, BS

Ilya is a medical school applicant who has been tutoring grade level to college level for over 5 years. He specializes in teaching biology, chemistry, mathematics and English. He is also an experienced and skilled ISEE, HSPT, SAT & ACT test prep tutor. Ilya has a calm demeanor as he focuses on the student's areas in need of improvement and helps build confidence in the young test taker. Ilya also helps the student build fundamental groundings around proper study habits that work to increase understanding and subject confidence. Ilya is an Academic Achievers Academy teacher.