Test Prep Tutors


Standardized tests like the ACT, SAT, and the ISEE test 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 online. 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.

We provide professional, expert tutors for the ISEE Middle Level Santa Monica, ISEE Upper Level Santa Monica, ISEE Test Prep Brentwood, ISEE Test Prep Los Angeles, ISEE Pacific Palisades, ISEE Beverly Hills, and everywhere in the Los Angeles area our ISEE, SAT, and ACT Tutors will help prepare for your student's test date. Our tutors will keep your student on track with diagnostic assessments, weekly private tutoring sessions, and ISEE, SAT, and ACT practice tests.

And help your student receive their very best scores.


Meet Our Staff

Dr. Lauren

Monash University, Melbourne Australia, Ph D
Indiana/Purdue University, MSMT
Pacifica Graduate Institute, MA Counseling
University of Hawaii, BA summa cum laude

Dr. Lauren has assisted hundreds of students to succeed in test prep, writing, and academic support over the last 20 years. Through personalized instruction, catered specifically to the student's strengths and weaknesses, Dr. Lauren helps students achieve academic excellence. She designs customized test preparation for students studying the ACT/SAT, ISEE/SSAT, GRE and TOEFL tests and has excellent results. Dr. Lauren works with a variety of students from different countries, backgrounds, and ability levels, catering her study plans to ensure each student reaches their highest ability. Dr. Lauren has led the test prep department for a national company, and has owned her own SAT test prep center in Ashland, Oregon. Dr. Lauren has tutored test prep with Academic Achievers since 2014 and has maintained exceptional score improvement for her students.


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

Puja has almost two decades 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, but she is also an exceptional one-on-one tutor for any elementary or high school subject. What she loves most about tutoring is seeing students become more self-reliant, confident, and excited about learning. Puja tailors her sessions to each student's strengths and has tutored test prep with Academic Achievers for 12 years. She consistently receives excellent reviews.


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 he returned to school to receive a Masters in Mathematics Education. He was awarded a Math for America Teaching Fellowship and taught high school and middle school mathematics in Los Angeles. Matt's patience, compassion, and ability to make complex subjects understandable makes him a popular tutor for math subjects, as well as for chemistry, physics, computer science, and writing. Additionally, Matt has many years of experience as a test preparation tutor and has helped students maximize their scores on tests such as the SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, GRE, and the GMAT.


University of California at Los Angeles, current
University of Pennsylvania, post-baccalaureate
Drexel University, BA

Julia has studied at Drexel University and UPenn, and is currently continuing her medical research studies at UCLA. She has tutored students from elementary school through high school in reading comprehension, math, and writing. A native Russian speaker from Ukraine, she is also fluent in Spanish and has studied at the Universidad de Latina and Clinica Biblica. Julia is also a computer programmer. She tutors algebra 1 and 2, geometry, physics, chemistry, and biology, and English. Julia is also one of our top test prep tutors and prepares students for the ISEE, SAT, and ACT.


North Dakota State University, B.S.

Zachary has spent over 8 years helping students reach their academic and college admissions exam goals. He has individually tutored hundreds of students and has also led numerous exam prep classroom courses from the ISEE, HSPT, ACT, or SAT. Pairing a wealth of tutoring experience with a passion for teaching and test prep, his goal during each lesson is for your student to feel both challenged and supported. Employing anecdotes, analogies, and alliterations, he focuses on building up fundamental skills while also getting students to speak the language of the test. Zachary has had students net a perfect score in every section of the ACT and SAT, has helped students raise their letter grades multiple grade values, and helped students gain acceptance to some of the world’s most selective universities.


Reed College, BA

Jeff focuses on helping students with their immediate task at hand (be it academic or test prep) while simultaneously building confidence and skills that will help students throughout their academic careers. He has tutored in Los Angeles for over ten years, working with students from middle schoolers to adults. In addition to test prep for the SAT, ACT, HSPT, and ISEE, he has extensive experience tutoring students who need academic support and preparing students for their APs. He also has experience working with students to improve their writing, both for school essays and in test prep situations. He is able to break down essay structure and direct students towards the critical thinking and planning necessary for them to develop the confidence and knowledge that increase writing fluency. Jeff has an excellent track record for improved student scores and consistently receives top reviews.


Emory University, BS

Nalini has tutored high school students for over 12 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.


Harvard University, MFA
University of California at Berkeley, BA

Sharlee has worked with elite private schools in New York City, preparing students of all ages for the ISEE, SHSAT and the CTP5, as well as the SAT & ACT. Sharlee employs a variety of pedagogical techniques learned both locally and internationally, catering to each student’s individual academic needs, including special needs students. With a consistent record of successful private school admissions, Sharlee is excited to continue guiding hard-working students toward success. Sharlee tutors math and Spanish as well as test-prep.


University of California at Santa Barbara, MA
Monmouth College, BA

Steve has been in education for over 20 years. He has been an adjunct instructor in colleges and a director of a well established college prep learning center in Los Angeles. His subject matter expertise ranges from English/Language Arts and Humanities to Math up to Pre-Calculus, and many science courses as well. Additionally, he has worked with dozens of students preparing for ISEE, SSAT, ACT and SAT entrance exams. He has also helped students prepare for nearly all of the exams in the AP suite, resulting in many scores of 4 and 5. Some of his previous students have gained admission to elite high schools as well as top-tier universities. His teaching style is interactive and concept-based, and he makes every effort to develop understanding by way of tangible, real-world examples. Steve works to develop rapport with each student and uses his enthusiasm and wit to keep students interested and engaged.