Standardized Test Prep Tutors

We maintain a small team of extremely experienced independently contracted tutors who help students develop customized study plans to prepare for a variety of common and less common standardized tests. The members of our team featured on this page are a highly representative sample, but do not represent our full team of standardized test prep tutors. To discuss MyGuru's full list of tutoring options in your area and our best fit for you, please request more information. 

We encourage you to browse the tutor list below to get a sense for the type of standardized test prep tutors we have on our team:
  • High school entrance exams: HSPT, ISEE, SSAT, Selective Enrollment Exams (CPS)
  • College entrance exams: PSAT, ACT, SAT, AP Exams
  • Graduate school entrance exams: general master's or PhD (MAT, GRE, TOEFL), Business (Executive Assessment, GMAT), Law (LSAT), Health professions (DAT, OAT, MCAT)

High school entrance exams

The following individuals provide HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT tutoring, as well as tutoring for the selective enrollment exam for Chicago Public Schools.

Andrew K.

  • B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy, Loyola University
  • M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Current PhD Student, University of Illinois - Chicago
  • ACT Composite Score: 33, GRE: 161 Verbal; 160; 5.5 (Writing/98th Percentile)
  • Tutors: Math, ACT, GRE, English, Writing, Social Studies; Study, Organization & Time Management Skills

Banke A.

  • B.A. in Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
  • ACT: 33 (99th Percentile)
  • 8+ years experience tutoring:  ACT, SAT, Algebra I & II, Geometry, ISEE/SSAT/HSPT, Life Science, Writing and Grammar and Organizational Skills

Helenka M.

  • B.A in Feminist and Gender Studies, Scripps College
  • ACT: 32 (98th percentile), LSAT: 165
  • Experience tutoring: SAT, ACT, math, English/writing
  • Uses students' individual learning styles, to help them learn and grow effectively

The following individuals provide ACT tutoring and SAT tutoring.

Adam B.

  • B.A. in English, Brown University, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, perfect 4.0 GPA
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry), Syracuse University, perfect 4.0 GPA
  • Previous Instructor at Syracuse University teaching: writing, rhetoric, and literature
  • Published author in: CNN, Popular Science and GOOD Magazine
  • Several years of freelance tutoring, primarily in test prep
  • Test Scores: ACT: 32/36, SAT: 800/Verbal & 720/Quantitative
  • 5 on all AP Exams: Biology, Psychology, Calc AB, English Lit, Envir. Science, European History

Mike S.

  • B.A. in Film Studies, Columbia University
  • GRE: 332, ACT: 36, SAT: 1560
  • 5 years experience tutoring & teaching: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, state-specific standardized tests
  • For Mike, great tutoring is always rooted in listening to a student's needs and concerns and working with that student as a team to solve those problems. This approach has helped his most committed students increase by 9 points on their ACT and over 400 points on the SAT.

Ryan W. 

  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Chicago 
  • Extremely high test scores - ACT: 36 (composite), GMAT: 770 
  • Ryan has considerable teaching and tutoring experience, having worked as a teaching assistant at many public schools in Chicago 
  • Has also worked for C2 Education as a test prep (SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, CPS Selective Enrollment, etc.) and subject tutor
  • Currently leads SAT/ACT classes for the Schuler Scholars and other local organizations

Tanner H.

  • B.A. in Journalism/History, Northwestern University
  • High standardized test scores, including a 99th percentile SAT score: GRE (166 Qualitative, 159 Quantitative, 6.0 Writing), SAT 2320 (800 Math, 770 Verbal, 750 Writing), ACT 33
  • Experience tutoring for the ACT, SAT, and college-level US history

Graduate school entrance exams

The following individuals provide MAT, GRE, and TOEFL tutoring for students pursuing graduate study in liberal arts or business.  

Dylan R.

  • B.A. in Mathematics, Oberlin College
  • 167 on GRE Quant, 165 on Verbal, Writing score of 5
  • Extensive private 1-1 GRE tutoring experience (with MyGuru and another company)

Michelle T.

  • B.A. in Government and English, University of Virginia
  • M.A. in Political Science, George Washington University
  • 5 years of a PhD Program, Political Science, University of Minnesota
  • GRE: Quantitative 800, Verbal 700 (97th percentile)
  • SAT: Math 740 (97th-98th percentile), Reading 720 (97th-98th percentile)
  • Has never scored below the 97th percentile on any standardized test
  • 7+ years experience as a test prep tutor and teacher

Ryan E.

  • B.A. in Spanish, College of Charleston 
  • M. Ed. in ESOL, College of Charleston 
  • Spanish Praxis (World Language): 168; High percentile test scores on the GRE and SAT
  • Experience working with students of all ages in English, Math, and the TOEFL examTutored English to students in the Costa Rican 'Cloud Forest' as part of an internship with the University of Georgia

Sonam S.

  • B.A. in English, Haverford College
  • M.A in English Language & Literature, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. in English Language & Literature, Cornell University
  • SAT - M:750 V:750 , GRE: Quantitative: 800 Analytical: 800 Verbal: 740, LSAT: 179
  • 10+ years experience teaching LSAT, GRE, GMAT & SAT (privately & with Princeton Review) 

Stefan N. 

  • B.A. in Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, Macalester College
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of North Carolina (in progress)
  • ACT: 34, GRE: 334 
  • Extensive teaching and tutoring experience. Has taught English, computer literacy, GRE/GMAT prep, philosophy, writing, Spanish, and essay writing, both in-person and online 
  • Students have included international graduate school applicants who have gone on to attend programs at top American universities

Steve M.

  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Rocheste, M.A. Archaeology, Durham University, United Kingdom, Ph.D. Archaeology, University College London, Postdoc in Archaeology at the Spanish National Research Council 
  • 98th percentile or better scores on the SAT & GRE, similar GMAT scores
  • Tutored a variety of subjects for over 12 years, both independently and with firms including Kaplan, Summit Educational Group, and Chyten
  • Tutoring style emphasizes creative and critical thinking
  • Tutors for the SAT, ACT, GRE, & GMAT

Tyce H.

  • B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Philosophy, Stetson University
  • Masters of Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon    
  • 99th percentile ACT, SAT GRE, and GMAT scores
  • 10+ years of overall tutoring and test prep experience
  • Taught undergraduate biology and urban planning
  • Has extensive test prep, mathematics, science, and writing tutoring experience

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The following individuals provide Executive Assessment and GMAT tutoring to students pursuing graduate study in business through EMBA or MBA programs.

Adam R.

  • B.S. in Accounting and Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.D., Chicago Medical School, completing 2-year research fellowship, University of Chicago
  • GMAT – 770 (99th percentile)
  • 3 years experience teaching GMAT courses & developing content for Veritas Prep
  • Previous economics tutor for Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Illinois
  • Tutoring philosophy focuses on a ground-up approach that gets students thinking critically about a problem rather than simply memorizing tricks and formulas

Igor L.

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • GMAT – 780, GRE - M170 V167
  • Private math, science, ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT tutor since 2012
  • Many students earn above 90 th percentile scores on the GRE /GMAT after working with Igor

Jeff D. 

  • B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Boston College
  • Official test scores: GMAT - 760, ACT - 35 (both 99th percentile)
  • Significant tutoring experience in academic and one-on-one settings (e.g., test-prep tutoring, teaching assistant)
  • Former strategy consultant at Deloitte
  • Entrepreneur and co-founder of a pre-seed startup backed by 500 Startups

Margo D.

  • B.S. in Business Management: Finance & Marketing, NC State University, Poole College of Management
  • MBA, Strategy & Marketing, Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
  • GMAT – 740 SAT – 1470 (official) similar performance on the GRE and ACT
  • Has tutored, both informally and formally, for over 15 years (since High School). Her recent focus from a test prep perspective is GMAT/GRE students (all sections)
  • Taught classroom test prep for Kaplan from 2007-2009 and independently since then
  • She is a collaborative, results-oriented tutor and author of: All Your Word Problems Solved: Crushing Standardized Test Math for the GMAT, GRE, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and ACT

 The following individuals provide LSAT tutoring to students pursuing law school.

Adam K.

  • BA in Anthropology from the University of Florida
  • JD from Northwestern Law School
  • 171 LSAT (98th percentile), 730 GMAT, 1450 SAT
  • Has spent two years teaching the LSAT, both in front of a classroom and in a 1-1 tutoring setting
  • Currently practices corporate law

Stefan M.

  • B.A. Communication - University of Southern California
  • M.S. Journalism - Northwestern University
  • Official test scores: ACT - 36 (perfect score), SAT – 99 th percentile
  • 3rd party administered test scores: GMAT - 770, GRE - 168V 170Q, LSAT - 175 consistently over the past decade (95th - 99th percentile)
  • 15+ years tutoring starting with The Princeton Review in 2004, then added one previous smaller company, and then more recently independent clients
  • Expert at all sections of standardized exams, including the most current version of the GMAT
  • Has his own proprietary schedules, worksheets, and online approach to delivering customized test prep solutions
  • Previous experience as a journalist with ESPN

Entrance exams for medical, dental, or optometry programs

The following individuals provide OAT tutoring.

Andrew K.

  • B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin
  • Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University
  • Perfect score on the math section of the ACT, 99th percentile score on the OAT (Optometry Admission Test)
  • Over 3 years' experience tutoring biology, physics, and working with 4th year optometry doctorate students
  • Also mentored middle school students in the Chicago area 

The following individuals provide DAT tutoring.

Eric D.

  • B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
  • D.M.D; M.P.H., A.T. Still University
  • Residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, NYU
  • 3+ years experience: K-12 Math, Science, English, ACT, SAT, GRE, DAT, Writing, & College Application counseling

Maxime B.

  • B.S. in Neuroscience and Science in Society, Wesleyan University
  • 99.9 percentile DAT score (25AA 24PAT 25QR 23RC 24BIO 23GC 28OC)
  • Years of experience as a tutor and a University Teaching Assistant

The following individuals provide MCAT tutoring.

Jordan S.

  • B.S. in Human Biology, University of Texas - Austin
  • 2nd Year Medical Student, University of Texas Southwestern
  • MCAT Composite: 516, SAT Composite: 1980, ACT Composite: 30
  • 6+ years of experience tutoring SAT, ACT, and STEM subjects to high school & college students

Ross P.

  • B.A. in ·Psychology, UCLA
  • Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate, Mills College
  • MCAT: 520 (98th percentile score), SAT: 2130
  • Current Medical Student at UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Experience as a Calculus tutor as well as a Biology teaching assistant at Mills College
  • Ross is a former teacher who returned to studying the health sciences to pursue his M.D.

Travis O.

  • B.A. in Sociology and History, Rice University
  • Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Northwestern University
  • M.A. Sociology (Loyola University - Chicago)
  • Current Medical Student, Rosalind Franklin University
  • SAT: 2080, GRE: 740 Verbal; 720 Quantitative, MCAT: 520
  • 2+  years experience helping students prepare for the MCAT exam
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