Watch a sample of Nick Standlea (President of Test Prep Gurus) speaking at the Capistrano Unified School District College Night 


Nick is a published author and a former Research Associate at the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University - a think tank that studies education, learning, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and flow.  He is also the founder of Test Prep Gurus. He earned a perfect score on the SAT, but is much more proud of Test Prep Gurus students' many successes and achievements. He holds a BA from Pitzer College and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.  Nick is also a member of WACAC and a member of the NACAC Orange County College Fair team.

Nick regularly speaks at schools and community organizations. Past engagements include: UC Berkeley, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University, Golden West College, Loyola Marymount University, the Western Association of College Counseling (WACAC), National Association of College Counseling (NACAC) college fairs, A Better Chance foundation, The Orange County Private School Association, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Webb Schools, Rosary Academy, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, JSerra Catholic High School, Connelly School for Girls, Fusion Academy, Orange Lutheran High School, New Roads School, Newport Harbor High School, Northwood High School, Capo Valley High School, Santa Monica High School, Sage Hill School, and many others.  

Nick Standlea speaking at UC Berkeley.

Nick Standlea speaking at UC Berkeley.

Nick is available to speak on a range of topics, including:

  • SAT vs ACT -- Everything You Need to Know

  • Reducing Anxiety in College Admissions and Standardized Testing

  • 9 Ways to Teach Growth Mindset

  • PSAT and/or Pre-ACT Scoreback Nights

  • LDs and Standardized Testing

Nick Standlea MC'd and spoke at the National Charity League District 5 Ticktocker Day of Inspiration about awareness and how it shapes our experience in life and throughout the process of applying to college

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  • Free mock testing for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT
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  • Our unique growth mindset approach to test prep
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