The Highest Instructor Standards

To even be eligible to interview to become a Veritas Prep instructor, someone must have scored in the 99th percentile on the actual SAT or ACT. Then, after a rigorous screening process, each instructor candidate must complete Veritas Prep Certification, the most comprehensive training program in the industry. Each instructor must also train personally with the creators of Veritas Prep’s SAT and ACT prep programs. The result is that no test preparation provider in the world offers more accomplished and engaging ACT and SAT instructors than Veritas Prep.


“With my instructor’s depth of knowledge, especially in the critical reading section, I was able to get an 800. I attribute my success on the SAT largely to Veritas Prep. They helped me reach my goal score.”
- Subhani Katugampala, Veritas Prep Student, New York

Veritas Prep SAT/ACT Instructors

Veritas Prep SAT 2400 instructors are accomplished and intelligent, and have a proven track record of teaching as well as an innate desire to help others. Unlike instructors at most other test prep companies, each Veritas Prep instructor must have minimally scored in the top 1% of all test-takers on tests they teach. Additionally, Veritas Prep pays its instructors twice as much as major competitors. The result is that Veritas Prep has the finest faculty available to help you succeed on the SAT.

Geena Chen, Stanford, perfect 2400 SAT

Geena was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but grew up in the Greater Boston area. There she developed a great love for long-distance running and bike touring, piano playing, learning about others, and working at the local bike shop. Before matriculating at Stanford University she took a year off to do some non-institutional learning and growing. Over the course of her gap year, she lived in China and New York City, consistently teaching SAT prep and traveling as often as possible. At Stanford, she is still undecided on a major, and meanwhile enjoys writing and performing poetry with the Spoken Word Collective and exploring the wide open spaces with friends. During the summer, she can be found building bikes at the Campus Bike Shop and during the year working for the Sustainable Food Program for Stanford Dining. She has enjoyed tutoring the SAT as well as other academic subjects for many years and always looks forward to meeting many great people in the process.

Millin Sekhon, U. of Miami, perfect 2400 SAT

Millin was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where she graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and a 2400 SAT score. She was a National Merit finalist and a Presidential Scholars candidate, as well as a member of the English Honor Society, and National Honor Society. Currently, she attends the Honors Accelerated Medical Program at University of Miami with a full scholarship. This prestigious program enables students to combine their fourth year of undergraduate studies and their first year of medical school, completing both BS and MD degrees in seven years. Millin has traveled all over the world, from Africa to Europe to India, learning about many different cultures along the way. Because her father’s side of the family resides in India, she has spent a lot of time there, including several months of her elementary school education and, in her teenage years, weeks observing medical procedures and treatments. Aside from traveling, Millin has a strong passion for creating award-winning art ( particularly oil and acrylic paintings) and for English literature and poetry. In addition, she has a keen interest in pediatrics and tutoring young children. Lastly, she greatly enjoys helping her fellow students with the academic subjects that she has mastered after years of perfecting her study habits and learning strategies.

Terry Ding, Harvard, perfect 2400 SAT, perfect 36 ACT

Terry was born in Boston, but attended kindergarten in Beijing, elementary school in Australia, and high school in Hong Kong, before finally coming full circle to return to Boston to matriculate at Harvard University. From an early age, he developed a deep love of mathematics, logic, and problem solving, and this passion culminated in a BA in applied mathematics and economics in 2011. He discovered the joys of teaching while working as a tutor in high school, and has been sharing his love for many different academic fields with students ever since. He won awards for his work as a calculus teaching assistant with the Harvard Math Department during college, and since graduation, has been working as a high school math teacher in Chicago, Illinois. In this capacity, he has led his students to an average ACT score improvement unprecedented in the high school’s history. At Veritas Prep, Terry helps students conquer the SAT in order to open any and all doors leading to future success.

Alex Wu, University of Pennsylvania, perfect 2400 SAT

Alex was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in the suburbs. He graduated as salutatorian of his high school and is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania with a desired focus in economics and international affairs. Alex enjoys working with kids and is passionate about community outreach. In Alex’s free time, he enjoys grilling, mini golfing, and attending concerts with friends. Additionally, he loves to travel, and would like to one day be able to say that he has visited every single continent. As an SAT tutor at Veritas Prep, Alex hopes to make this process an easier and more positive experience for others so that they, too, can fulfill their aspirations.

Shreya Zaveri, University of Pennsylvania, perfect 2400 SAT

Shreya grew up in two bustling cities: Mumbai and Dubai, and now calls a third, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home. She graduated from high school in Dubai as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA and perfect 2400 SAT, and is now a student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for education stems from her two volunteer trips teaching children in Africa and India, as well as tutoring special needs and at-risk teens at home. She also spent a month providing volunteer business consulting to a local NGO in Turkey. She adores travel, and exploring new places and new experiences, and can often be found exploring the Philly restaurant scene (vegetarian only!) or trying out new extra-curriculars (lion dancing, anyone?). She is extremely interested in startup culture, social entrepreneurship and impact, and law, and is considering majoring in a related field. She loves the wealth of options open to her, and is excited to help students conquer the SAT so that they, too, can see a future full of possibility.

Eamon Cagney, Georgetown, 99th percentile SAT

Eamon was born in New York and raised in Cranford, New Jersey. He did a lot of tutoring in high school, both through volunteer organizations and as a private tutor, and he loved working with students and helping them solve problems. Eamon was very involved with music in high school; he was part of the marching band, concert band, and jazz band, and was drum major of the marching band his senior year. In addition, he was part of the Math Honors Society, National Honors Society, and president of the Computer Honors Society. Eamon is currently attending Georgetown University and pursuing a degree in computer science. He is excited to further his studies and to continue working with bright young students to help them succeed. He is also continuing with his passion for music and is part of the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and pep band at Georgetown.

Asher Lipson, Harvard, 99th percentile SAT

Asher is originally from New York City, and a few years later moved with his family to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. He studied French and Spanish literature at Harvard College, where he was happily involved with The Immediate Gratification Players – an improv comedy troupe – and had the opportunity to study abroad in both France and Argentina. He recently graduated from college, and has tutored the SAT and other subjects since then. His current interests include Buddhism and criminal justice. He is excited to work with Veritas Prep to help students master the SAT!

Danielle Kipnis, Northwestern, 99th percentile SAT

Danielle is a native New Yorker currently living in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she has had a voracious love for learning and teaching. She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in English and dance, and graduated summa cum laude. While in school, she completed a senior honors thesis with a focus on the role of women in three Shakespeare plays. Additionally, she studied English and theater abroad in London for a semester. At Northwestern, she founded the dance company, Steam Heat, for which she performed, choreographed, and produced several shows a year. Danielle continues to dance, choreograph, and satiate her love for teaching through both private and classroom-based academic tutoring and SAT prep.

Amanda Vu, USC, 99th percentile SAT

Since high school, a passion to possess knowledge and the desire to share it with others have sparked Amanda’s interest in studying the human brain. Currently studying neuroscience at the University of Southern California (USC), this SoCal native still aspires to unlock the secrets to the mind’s potential through cognitive neuroscience research. In the meantime, Amanda enjoys interacting with brains through teaching and developing science curriculum as a lab instructor at elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. In addition, Amanda uses the world as her classroom when teaching or studying, and has traveled to India, Italy, and Japan to achieve those ends. Amanda loves to be a pioneer, and her evolving passions have led her to create many enterprises, such as producing an annual charity fashion show and establishing a service organization for youth in her community. Amanda has successfully competed for more than $200,000 in scholarships and awards, which include earning distinction as a Coca Cola Scholar and receiving a full scholarship to USC. A perfect weekend for Amanda would include hiking, DIY-ing, baking, and turning the pages of the epic A Song of Fire and Ice series.

Clarissa Towle, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

Clarissa attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is pursuing a major in materials science &engineering and a minor in applied international studies. By day, she develops polymeric fuel cell membranes in MIT’s Koch Institute, and by night, she edits a collegiate literary magazine. A National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, Clarissa tutored throughout high school through the National and Spanish Honor Societies, and she served two years each as the president of the Environmental Society and the chief editor of the yearbook. Clarissa has been involved with Girl Scouts since age 5, volunteering hundreds of hours, mentoring younger scouts, and earning her Gold Award at age 16. She is a Red Cross certified lifeguard, and taught swimming lessons and health workshops for several years before college. Fascinated by languages, Clarissa has traveled through Perú, France, and Spain with fellow students, and spent five weeks volunteering at a wildlife rescue center in Costa Rica, where she gave tours and helped care for the animals. She loves backpacking around the world, biking around Boston and Cambridge, skiing with her family, and dancing with MIT’s Dance Troupe. Clarissa is psyched to help her students excel in the academic world!

Courtney Tran, UC Berkeley, 99th percentile SAT and ACT

A Texas native raised in California, Courtney attends the University of California at Berkeley on a full scholarship to study political economy and rhetoric. In high school, she was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar, represented her district two years in a row in Public Forum Debate at the National Forensics League National Tournament, and was active in local politics, speaking against budget cuts and closings of Oakland public libraries. Her love of teaching was born in volunteer work: assisting her piano teacher, reading English and Spanish books to children at her local library, and offering academic tutoring at her high school. That interest soon evolved into privately teaching classical piano and spending a summer in an English-Chinese language immersion program in China, where she taught English and music courses.
Outside of school and teaching, Courtney has earned music diplomas from the American College of Musicians and a brown belt in Bok-Fu, and composes music for the Linden Street Dance Company. Courtney enjoys ballroom dancing, Japanese food, playing guitar and alto saxophone, reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and the New York Times, and attending poetry slams.

Michelle Nguyen, Harvard, 99th percentile SAT

Born and raised in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Michelle was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar in high school, and performed extensively as part of a chamber choir, symphonic band, and competitive color guard team. Michelle traversed several continents as an undergraduate before landing in Boston. Fascinated by other languages and cultures, Michelle studied Japanese and anthropology in her first year, Spanish and Vietnamese during a semester spent backpacking through Central America and Vietnam, and French at the University of Paris IV–La Sorbonne through an independent program. She fell in love with the city and decided to stay another year to become fluent in French, teaching English and modeling for an art and design school while also taking courses in the social sciences, which piqued her interest in entering a helping profession.
Michelle is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Harvard with an interest in becoming a clinical social worker. A member of the Harvard Mediation Program, she mediates small claims at the Malden District Court and volunteers as a research assistant with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She also enjoys dancing Argentine tango, performing with the Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and attending cultural events of all kinds.

Alyssa Ehrlich, Columbia, 99th percentile SAT

Born and raised on Long Island, Alyssa made the not-so-big move to Manhattan for her undergraduate studies. A rising junior studying neuroscience and philosophy at Columbia University, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a surgical career. In high school, Alyssa was recognized as a National Merit Scholar and Intel Semi-Finalist, and graduated valedictorian. She currently acts as the co-chair of the Bioethics Committee of Columbia’s American Medical Students Association, writes and reviews for the Science Review, and, as a volunteer for Student Health Outreach, helps connect underserved communities to government healthcare benefits and nutrition resources. While most of her present extracurricular activities reflect her interest in medicine, Alyssa has also found a passion for teaching and tutoring. Alyssa has worked one-on-one with students throughout the city to help them reach their individual standardized testing goals. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys exploring the city and its many parks, as well as partaking in a few hobbies, including yoga, acoustic guitar, origami, and crossword puzzles.

Dheeraj Ravi, Swarthmore, 99th percentile SAT

Dheeraj received a wonderful international education, growing up in India, Romania, Russia, and Singapore. He first came to the United States to study at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania). He actively participated in many cultural clubs, played on the men’s volleyball team, hosted his own radio show, directed short films, and contacted bands to come rock out at Swarthmore! His first experiences with education involved volunteering as an after-school helper at a low-income middle school in Chester, Pennsylvania, and working with gifted students at Johns Hopkins CTY summer program as a resident and teaching assistant. These endeavors helped Dheeraj decide on his first job as a high school math teacher in Philadelphia. His math background now serves him well at his current job as a business analyst. He thoroughly dedicates himself to tutoring students on weeknights and weekends.
When he’s not educating the future CEOs of the world, Dheeraj loves to read, especially Russian literature and creative non-fiction psychology and economics. He is an avid follower of films, and particularly likes Asian thrillers and European art-house flicks. Sports has been a constant throughout his life, where he captained his high school basketball and soccer teams, and now plays competitively in New York leagues.

David Greenslade, UNC, 99th percentile SAT

David hails from the great state of North Carolina, where the tea is sweet, and the people are sweeter. David’s interest in teaching began while tutoring underrepresented populations during his time at the University of North Carolina, where he fell in love with teaching and realized the transformative impact of caring and knowledgeable guidance for those who want to achieve at the highest level. David continued working with diverse groups of people when he traveled to Spain during his senior year and was part of an organization that facilitated language-exchange classes between foreign and native Spanish students. After receiving a degree in biology, David’s continued desire to learn and teach in new and exciting contexts was rewarded with a fellowship through Princeton in Asia to teach English and study Mandarin at the Dalian University of Technology in Dong Bei, China.
When David is not translating signs in Chinatown for his own amusement, he is involved with improv comedy and acting for the stage, which has taken him all over the country as a performer and a teacher. David has won numerous honors for his regional work in North Carolina and was featured in the DSI Comedy Festival, the Del Close Marathon, and the Implosion Comedy festival, and is currently the three-on-three champion at the UCB theater’s Friday Night Improv Challenge. David loves his family as well as his dogs, and if you put them together, he is in heaven.

Terry Kim, UC San Diego, 99th percentile SAT

Born in Delaware and having spent most of his years in California, Terry is a recent graduate from University of California (UC), San Diego who majored in bioengineering. Currently, as a lead author in papers focusing on various muscle diseases waiting to be published in prestigious scientific journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature, he specializes in studies of skeletal muscle and their major myopathies. Speaker and presenter at various noteworthy conferences, such as the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference 2012, he has extensive research experience working in labs across America, abroad at Seoul National University of Science and Technology, and in biotech companies such as Biological Dynamics. During high school, he not only placed in the 99th percentile on the SAT and scored perfect 800s on three different SAT subject tests, but also acted as a founding member of organizations such as Math Olympiad and was an active researcher at the pathology department of UC Irvine. With unmatched passion for biomedical science and the dream of eventually starting a biotech company of his own, he has gained vast experience as a TA and tutor during his college years.

Alice Rothman-Hicks, Columbia, 99th percentile SAT

Alice is a native New Yorker and a chronic overachiever. As the top student in her high school class, she unofficially tutored most of her classmates at one point or another, in virtually every subject. Since graduating from Columbia University a little more than a year ago (magna cum laude, with English departmental honors, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa), she has been teaching and tutoring test prep for many different companies, helping students achieve their own academic successes in (hopefully) as painless a way as possible. Theater is Alice’s lifeblood, and when she’s not tutoring (or preparing for tutoring sessions), she is probably acting, singing, or dancing somewhere around New York City. Occasionally, she might be found at home reading or baking random batches of cookies with ridiculous amounts of chocolate chips in them. Alice is super excited to help students achieve their dreams by attaining higher test scores!

Christina Pushaw, USC, 99th percentile SAT

Born in Seattle, Washington, and raised all over the United States (Dad took visiting professorships at several colleges), Christina is a University of Southern California (USC) graduate and lifelong Trojan football fan. In high school, she earned a National Merit Finalist distinction and was the editor of the literary magazine. While studying history and Russian language at USC on a full scholarship, Christina was the president and co-founder of the USC Russian Club and on the executive board of the Armenian Students Association. While tutoring for JEP, a tutoring program for inner-city students, and helping classmates with college applications, Christina discovered a passion for teaching and helping others realize their academic dreams. In her free time, Christina enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends and family, and traveling; she even studied abroad in Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, her favorite thing to do is explore her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, especially the diverse cuisines. An avid “foodie,” Christina loves eating (and Yelp-ing about) sushi, Korean barbecue, anything Middle Eastern, and Ethiopian food. She also enjoys being active, whether she is swimming, hiking, figure skating, or practicing yoga.

Akila Kadambi, UC San Diego, 99th percentile SAT

Born and brought up in California, Akila is a California native who will never leave! Currently, Akila is a student at the University of California, San Diego pursuing a degree in cognitive science with an emphasis in neuroscience/computing and a minor in marine science. She loves getting involved with a variety of service organizations in college, loves to garden, and, most of all, loves teaching! Akila has worked with kids from a variety of different ages and loves to share her strategies to do well on the SAT with other students. Akila is excited to be working for the best test prep company ever and to be helping her students succeed!

James Ma, Purdue/UT Austin, 99th percentile SAT

Hailing from Carmel, Indiana, James was an AP National Scholar and a member of National Honor Society in high school. He then went on to attend Purdue University, where he majored in economics and philosophy, and minored in math and political science. During his four years at Purdue, he was involved in a variety of roles on campus, including serving as a member of the Directors’ Advisory Board for the Honors Program, being VP of Technology for the School of Management Ambassadors, and holding a teaching assistantship in the economics department. During summers, he interned with Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in Washington, DC, and OneAmerica in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a junior, James was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with distinction and honors, and was awarded Outstanding Senior in Economics, Outstanding Senior in Philosophy, and the Alan C Hess Award for Excellence in Economics.
James is now pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his responsibilities as a student and a teaching assistant, James tutors students in a variety of courses. In his free time, James enjoys camping, playing board games, and watching cerebral movies.

Timothy Smartt, UT Austin, 99th percentile SAT

Born and bred in Australia, Tim moved to Houston, Texas, during his sophomore year of high school. While participating in debate and studying hard for college placement tests, he spent numerous hours immersing himself in everything great that Texas has to offer, including perpetually amazing weather, Tex-Mex, and barbecue. After graduation from high school, he started pursuing a degree in economics and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. In Austin, Tim has expanded his previously mentioned list of favorite food items by adding cupcakes from food trailers and tacos from Austin restaurants. He has been active in research, volunteering as a research assistant at a few psychology laboratories, serving as editor-in-chief of his university’s undergraduate research journal, and writing a thesis for his university’s psychology honors program. At this time, Tim is especially sympathetic to those studying for standardized tests, as he is presently studying for the LSAT, and hopes to enter law school after graduation.

Jeff Ostrove, University of Washington, 99th percentile SAT

Jeff was born in Seattle, Washington, and liked it so much he attended the University of Washington, from where he recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors in political science. He was first exposed to teaching through musical theater, but during college he realized he loved teaching academic subjects as well. Since graduating, he has turned his energies toward test preparation, and is very excited to have the opportunity to help students beat the SAT. When not helping find the credited response, Jeff plays piano and designs board games. He is happy whenever he’s problem solving, and he is delighted to help students solve the SAT.

Lalita Singhasri, UCLA and Columbia, 99th percentile SAT

Lalita had the privilege of living on three different continents in 2009, spending more than a month each in Asia, Europe, and North America. Growing up bilingual as a Thai-American in Los Angeles, she learned early on to experiment with mixing different languages. In high school, she began a lifelong love affair with philosophy, the humanities, and intellectual exploration. While earning her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in American literature and culture, Lalita also took intermediate Thai, which afforded her the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Study of Thai summer program at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. During her undergrad years, she also spent a summer studying “Multiculturalism in Hawai’i” (through UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department) at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She then got to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in New York City when she was accepted to the prestigious English and Comparative Literature program at Columbia University, where she earned her MA while being enthralled by the ideas of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Since that time, Lalita has gone on to earn certificates from Le Cours de Langue etCivilisation de la Sorbonne and TEFL Paris.
Teaching has been Lalita’s longtime passion, and she has more than a decade of experience tutoring and teaching various academic subjects, including standardized tests, Thai language, ESL, Asian-American studies, and university writing. Most recently, she has spent two years as a Thai Town foodie tour guide, four years as a lecturer at Cal State University, Northridge, and three years as a literacy program volunteer for the Los Angeles Public Library.

Beau Borrero, Yale, 99th percentile SAT

Beau is a Connecticut Yankee and professional musician currently living in Washington State. During his senior year in high school, Beau enrolled in an SAT prep course and improved his SAT score by more than 300 points. He was immediately hired as an instructor and taught for more than 10 years. Beau has experienced firsthand what a great SAT teacher can do for a motivated student, and he has a true passion for teaching students how to smack down the SAT. While at Yale University, Beau played drums and sang in various funk bands, majored in Latin and Greek literature, ran the New York Times distribution service for the Yale campus, taught the SAT, and rowed on the Yale Crew – winning the 1992 National Championship and traveling to England to row in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. When he is not teaching the SAT, Beau can usually be found playing music or floating down a river with a fly rod, in search of the mythical Troutzilla.

Ben Hardee, UT Austin, 99th percentile SAT

Ben was born in Austin, Texas, and, apart from short stints in Spain and upstate New York, has lived there all his life. Ben graduated from the University of Texas (UT) with degrees in mechanical engineering and government. He is currently in graduate school for political science at UT. Ben felt a vocational calling to teach after spending a summer working at a math and science camp for middle-school–aged students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. He has tutored the SAT for three years. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing recreational tennis, following professional tennis, learning new things, and communing with the architects of modern liberal democracy.

Lucas Habte, Harvard, 99th percentile SAT

Lucas was born and raised in Sacramento, California, but he moved east to attend Harvard College, where he graduated (magna cum laude, with highest honors) with a degree in history and science. While at Harvard, Lucas spun records for the college radio station, WHRB, and sang in the Kuumba Singers. He combined his loves for filmmaking and travel and made documentaries in Tokyo and Stockholm, the former about a group of activists, the latter about a teenage refugee. After graduating, he spent a year in Australia collaborating with Aboriginal filmmakers on the George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship. Along the way, he has collected a lot of experience helping students with the SAT and is excited to continue doing so.

Erin Hickey, Georgetown, 99th percentile SAT

Erin is a graduate of Georgetown University with a bachelor’s and master’s in English. Erin taught high school English in New York for four years and seventh-grade humanities in Washington, DC. She is currently working in academic affairs at the George Washington University. She has previously tutored SAT and ACT, as well as reading and writing skills for students of all ages in K–12. In her free time, she likes to bike and run around DC, watch movies, and try out new restaurants. She is excited to be working with students to help them achieve their goals.

Gabe Walker, Harvard, 99th percentile SAT

Originally from the wilds of suburban Philadelphia, Gabe recently graduated from Harvard College with a degree in organismic and evolutionary biology. A lifelong violinist and (more recently) violist, he was the president and general manager of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Harvard’s largest and oldest musical organization, and a member of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Also a certified scuba diver and tropical fish fanatic, Gabe worked for two years as a collections assistant in the ichthyology department at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. After a long stint spent learning Latin in high school, Gabe has been studying Mandarin for the past three years. Last summer he received a David Rockefeller International Experience Grant to live in Beijing and intern in the marketing department of one of the city’s largest shopping malls. Since high school, Gabe has taught music and tutored students of all ages in a variety of academic areas, and is excited to help others take on and beat the SAT.

Christina Curlette, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

A native of Georgia, Christina currently attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is studying mathematics with computer science. She is a copy editor for The Tech, MIT’s student-run newspaper, president of the German Club, and an active member of the Society of Women Engineers. She also serves as an associate advisor, working alongside a faculty member to help freshmen navigate their first year of college. In high school, Christina was a National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, and valedictorian of her class, and outside of the classroom, she was an accomplished pianist and top-scorer on the math team, among other extracurricular interests. Christina tutored math through her school’s National Honor Society, in addition to informally tutoring students in several other subjects and advising peers on the college application process. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.

Sierra Brown, Boston University, 99th percentile SAT

Sierra was born and raised on Maui, Hawaii. As a result she loves the outdoors, especially the ocean, and enjoys swimming, sailing, and scuba diving. She also has a passion for foreign languages and has always hoped to spend her life traveling. So far, she has spent a year studying in Pamplona, Spain, before college and a semester in France during college, and is currently in her final year at Boston University. This summer, she is working at an international school in Boston, and is enjoying introducing students from around the world to her city. She is also working on her Arabic, so that after graduation she will be able to have an adventure as an English teacher in an Arabic-speaking country. In order to put her Spanish to good use, Sierra also volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at the Boston Housing Authority, assisting local families with limited English to successfully navigate the application process and receive subsidized housing. Sierra majored in neuroscience, taking coursework related to language acquisition and psycholinguistics, and minored in business administration. She has worked as a tutor throughout high school and college, and enjoys helping other students to challenge themselves and develop strategies that allow them to truly excel academically and succeed in their chosen field.

Rochelle Glazman, Vanderbilt, 99th percentile SAT

Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Rochelle began to develop her passion for teaching from an early age. She began tutoring in middle school, and in high school served as a teacher’s assistant to the chair of the Math and Science Department and to the chair of the English Department. She graduated high school as the vice president of the student body, an AP scholar, and a 4.0 student with multiple awards in science, history, and policy debate. Now studying economics and managerial studies at Vanderbilt University, Rochelle continues to pursue her passions. She serves on the executive board of Vanderbilt’s Performing Latin Dance group as an events coordinator, serves the Entrepreneurial Society as the vice president, and is a founding member of Vanderbilt’s first-ever tap dance organization.

Aidan Bevacqua, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

Aidan is a computer science student from Atlanta, Georgia, who attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently works part-time as an undergraduate researcher with the Fluid Interfaces group in the MIT Media Lab. He’s interested in front-end web development (user interface design and implementation) and machine learning. He has studied classical piano for 12 years, and continues to practice today when he finds the time. In high school, he was a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction who enjoyed tutoring his peers through the school’s National Honor Society. He successfully completed 15 AP courses during high school, earning top scores of five in math and science subjects. He participated in his school’s math team throughout high school, helping the team place highly in numerous regional and national competitions. He also studied French for several years, and visited France and Spain in a cultural immersion program with fellow students. In his spare time, he works for MIT’s student-run newspaper, The Tech, as a copy editor. This position has allowed him to hone his proofreading skills and express his appreciation for clarity and concision in writing.

Neil Chakravarty, 99th percentile SAT

Neil was born in Seattle, Washington (“the Rainy City”), but grew up in the nearby suburb of Newcastle. In high school, Neil joined his school’s student government program and was eventually elected ASB President for his senior year. Outside of academics, Neil enjoys camping, student leadership, and getting froyo (frozen yogurt) with friends. Within his school, Neil has worked with and tutored dozens of students in a variety of subjects. As someone who has practiced his way to success on the SAT, Neil is eager to help others do the same with the knowledge and experience he has accumulated over time. In his approach to teaching, Neil believes that it is important to get to know students on a personal level before tackling those students’ academic objectives.

Andrew Gilbert, Northeastern University, 99th percentile SAT

Andrew was born in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. He grew up in the District and in its Maryland suburbs before moving to the Boston, Massachusetts, area to attend Northeastern University on a full scholarship. Currently dual-majoring in mathematics and economics, he has a wide variety of interests that include learning languages, traveling, snowboarding, and living life to the fullest. He first began tutoring in high school, helping students at local middle and high schools with their math coursework. After starting college, he volunteered weekly teaching civics at Boston high schools before joining Veritas Prep to teach students how to duplicate his success on the SAT.

Rita Pearson, Georgetown University, 99th percentile SAT

Rita grew up in the countryside of Northern California, where she spent her childhood exploring old redwood forests and reading beneath California oak trees. As she grew older, her adventurous nature took hold, and she began to backpack all over the world, learning Portuguese and Spanish, and working as a teacher in low-income communities in North and South America. Her passion for education intensified during her four years in college, culminating in a three-month trip to Somalia to research women’s health and education. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in science, technology, and international relations, and she is enjoying decompressing after a decade and a half defined primarily by academic institutions. She still loves reading, and has become very invested in writing both fictional short-stories and non-fiction essays. She keeps long lists of new words she encounters when reading (which comes in handy when teaching the reading and writing portions of the SAT) and she is determined to impart that habit on all of her students.

Alicia Wei, Johns Hopkins University, 99th percentile SAT

Alicia is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University, double majoring in economics and AMS (Applied Mathematics and Statistics). She is a recipient of JHU’s prestigious Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship, a generous grant supporting independent research. Her interests also include running marathons and competing in table tennis. Alicia has played professional table tennis for over 10 years, winning a spot on the National Cadet Team (top four in the nation for cadet girls) for three consecutive years. She is currently a coach for all age groups. In addition, she has had extensive experience in teaching the SAT as a certified classroom instructor and as a private tutor. She aspires to pursue a career in the financial industry that utilizes her strengths in mathematical reasoning, interpersonal communication, and critical thinking skills.

Reilly Lorastein, Bowdoin College, 99th percentile SAT

Reilly received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Africana studies and history from Bowdoin College in 2013. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she spent the summer of 2012 conducting independent research on racial identity formation in Lima and Cuzco, Peru. That same summer she also traveled to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, to research prison literature during apartheid in South Africa. Her honors thesis, completed in spring 2013, ultimately looked specifically at prison literature produced through a program of higher education within San Quentin State Prison. Her goal was to define the conventions of the New Prison Literature produced within the past two decades, and the contemporary “incarcerated experience” as a subject position that intersects with race, class, gender, and sexuality. In addition to her written thesis, Reilly also produced and performed in a live show that integrated the original poetry of incarcerated people, dance, and live music. Reilly is currently pursuing a career in the performance arts.

Rebecca Kuang, Georgetown University, 99th percentile SAT

Rebecca was born in Guangzhou, China, but grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. In high school, she was a National Merit Finalist, a National AP Scholar, and a champion Lincoln-Douglas debater, ranked number one in the country by the National Debate Coaches Association after winning two national championships and the Texas state tournament. Her love for debate found her teaching communication, writing, research, and argumentative skills at summer debate institutes across the country, including the University of North Texas and the University of California, Los Angeles. She interned at the office of Texas State Representative Eric Johnson and now works as a debate coach for her alma mater, the Greenhill School. She is currently studying international politics at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she is on the staff of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Brian Tracz, Boston College, 99th percentile SAT

Brian graduatedsumma cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors from Boston College with a bachelor’s of science in biology and philosophy. With the help of his SAT performance, he was awarded Boston College’s Presidential Scholarship; the university’s full-tuition academic scholarship given to 15 incoming freshmen. His initial interest in classical piano performance was soon eclipsed by neuroscience and philosophy, and he worked for more than two years in a neuro-immunology lab, in which he wrote his senior thesis on conceptual issues in neuroscience. Brian flew across the pond to Germany during the 2012–13 school year to teach English at the Catholic UniversityEichstätt-Ingolstadt, where he independently developed the syllabi used for his courses. In 2013, he began his PhD in philosophy at the sunny University of California, San Diego, where he hopes to specialize in philosophy of perception, cognitive theory, and Germanic philosophy. Between Tuesday crosswords, Brian enjoys table tennis, Mahler’s symphonies, hiking, and gastronomy.

Kyra Douglas, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

A native of the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Kyra devoted most of her high school career to academics, peer tutoring, and running. She was a National Merit Scholar finalist, a member of the National Honor Society, and a captain of her cross-country team. Now that she attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she decided to major in environmental engineering. Kyra is a member of the Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability, specifically managing a project to create a community garden on campus. She also coordinates an after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program for middle-schoolers at the Cambridge Community Center, where she develops and implements a curriculum to not only teach the kids material, but to show them that STEM subjects can be and are fun. Additionally, Kyra is the class of 2016 chair for the Underclassman Giving Campaign, working to raise money for other MIT students to do community service projects abroad. In general, Kyra very much enjoys helping others learn and this is shown through her continuous efforts in education, which began in the early days of helping her mom – a high school mathematics teacher – grade papers. As much as she loves MIT and the Boston area, the idea of going home always thrills Kyra because then she gets to see her cats – all six (yes, six) of them.

Cambrian Thomas-Adams, Yale University, 99th percentile SAT

Cambrian is a Deerfield, Massachusetts, native living in Los Angeles, California. He recent graduated cum laude from Yale, with distinction in the theater studies major. Cambrian is an actor, writer, and playwright. He also loves speaking Italian, large dogs, cooking with unhealthy levels of spice, and watching movies by the Cohen Brothers. Cambrian grew up inspired by two excellent teachers – his father, who teaches English at Deerfield Academy, and his mother, who teaches first grade – and therefore is happy to be able to continue this heritage by helping students tackle the SAT.

Stephanie Eng, Columbia University, 99th percentile SAT

Stephanie graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Spanish and Latin American cultures and a concentration in chemistry. She also completed the university’s pre-medical track, which entails extensive coursework in physics, biology, and chemistry. While at Columbia, she received a grant to work as a research assistant for the department of immunology at the Columbia University Medical Center, as well as worked as an organic chemistry tutor for the chemistry department. In addition, she studied Spanish literature at the University of Barcelona in Spain. Stephanie recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where she had been working for a non-profit organization in communities throughout the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, working to implement community-based projects that foster infrastructure development, youth leadership, and cultural exchange. An experienced classroom teacher and individual tutor, Stephanie believes that the way to master standardized exams is by offering students personalized attention and a customized study plan, along with humor and an engaging way to teach the material. While not tutoring, Stephanie loves to run, travel, watch Modern Family, eat strange foods, and practice Spanish.

Sara Laszlo, Duke University, 99th percentile SAT

Sara grew up in San Diego, California, but moved to the east coast to attend Duke University on a full scholarship, where she studied classics, art history, and music. She graduated summa cum laude in 2010. After working in arts administration for two years, Sara decided to return to school and pursue a career as an opera singer. She completed a Certificate of Merit in classical voice at the New England Conservatory, and now lives in New York City. Sara loves helping students conquer the SAT and is thrilled to work for Veritas Prep.