We offer free testing for all schools for the ACT, SAT and ISEE, for all grade levels.
Our testing includes individualized exam analysis for each family. The college counseling team can also elect to receive an aggregate report of their students’ particular strengths and weaknesses, and a breakdown of their students' tendencies toward the SAT or ACT.
Sample Student Exam Report
Nick Standlea is 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. 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 Positive Psychology, with an emphasis on education, learning, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and flow. He holds a BA from Pitzer College and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
Nick regularly speaks at schools and community organizations, including: 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), Hawaii Preparatory Academy, JSerra Catholic High School, Rosary Academy, Connelly School for Girls, Fusion Academy, Orange Lutheran High School, New Roads School, The Webb Schools, Sage Hill School, Newport Harbor High School, Northwood High School, Santa Monica High School, and many others.
Nick's current ambition is to turn the standard model of test prep on its head, shifting the focus away from "anxiety, fear, and boot camps” to “goal-setting, personal improvement, and celebrating success however the student defines it.”
Nick is available to speak on a range of topics at schools for college nights, PSAT results, and parent association presentations:
The New SAT and PSAT : From Soup to Nuts, Everything You Need to Know
Why did the College Board change the SAT? You might be surprised to learn that it has little to do with improving student outcomes and everything to do with market share, the common core, and a shift in the College Board's business strategy. Nick also discusses how students and parents can prepare for the new SAT and how students (especially the classes of 2017 and 2018) should decide between the new SAT and the ACT.
Reducing Anxiety in the College Admissions Process and Standardized Testing
Nick discusses how we can reduce the pressure put on students, increase their enjoyment of school, and help them in the college admissions process.
Growth Mindset, Grit, and Mindfulness: The New Critical Skills for High School, College, and Beyond
Nick examines the importance of cultivating growth mindset, grit, and mindfulness in high school students and discusses how schools and parents can help foster the growth of these critical skills.
Comments from High School Counselors:
"Tremendously helpful for our families and students!
"This session was incredibly insightful and a breath of fresh air. I know I am not the only one who felt this way because during and after the session I heard things like, 'This was the best session here,' and 'I am totally going to do this stuff with my students.' It was exactly what every session should be: simple and easy to digest, practical applications we can apply in our jobs, and full of energy and audience participation."
"Our parents need to hear your message. Thank you!!!"
*National Charity League Talks*
Nick's talk on reducing anxiety in college admissions and standardized testing are very popular with National Charity League chapters throughout California. Nick is commonly requested by various NCL chapters to speak at Patroness meetings (the talk is designed to be relevant to mothers and families from 7th-12th grades.) For Patroness meetings please schedule early to ensure Nick is available for the requested dates. References from different NCL chapters can be found below: