Watch a sample of Nick Standlea (President of Test Prep Gurus) speaking at the Capistrano Unified School District College Night
"I thought your workshop was hands-down one of the highlights of my first NACAC conference experience. Research-based, digestible and accessible, neatly-packed into 60 minutes. So thank you for giving us some amazing tools."
-Sunita Takhar, Pleasanton Unified School District
"I wanted to let you know how extraordinarily helpful your session was! Hands down my favorite session at the 3 day conference! As a matter of fact, I am using some of the information you shared for three class presentations that I am doing today! I can’t wait to use more of your presentation in the classroom and with parents! Thanks again!"
- Rebecca Smith, College and Career Center Facilitator, Reed High School
- Eloise Schneider, College Advisor, Miramonte High School
"My thanks to you for the excellent, IMPORTANT and entertaining presentation. If I could attend NACAC this year, I would be in the front row at this session—and take it all in again."
"Thank you from our staff, our students, and our parents. That might be the best college talk I've ever watched."
"Reducing anxiety is essential to our profession – we can’t keep letting teens/students become anxiety-riddled flesh blobs from so much testing. Testing may be necessary, but there are ways to mitigate that stress. Nick provided solutions in this session that were totally practical and easy to take home and implement. Some sessions just talk at you but don’t give you anything you can actually use. This was the opposite. 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,” “They need this at every ACAC,” 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."
-Breanne Boyle, Collegewise, Director & College Counselor
- Estela Gerlinger, Counselor, George Whittell High School
"This session was awesome! There were several tips and strategies I plan on using lessons next year."
Damien Bracey, Guidance Counselor, Valley Vista High School, RMACAC Executive Board Delegate
"Thank you so much for your wisdom and insights on standardized testing and college admissions. It was tremendously helpful for our families and students!"
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 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
Feedback from National Charity League Chapters...
"Our Patronesses gave Nick Standlea and Test Prep Gurus the highest of marks. His presentation “Reducing Anxiety in Standardized Testing and the College Admission Process” was highly informative and entertaining (and just as important, it did not include a sales pitch of any kind). I highly recommend that other National Charity League Chapters include Nick in their annual program!"
- Tania Jernigan, President, National Charity League: Monarch Chapter
“I wanted to give a special shutout to Nick, our MC extraordinaire. You so beautifully kept us all in order, and professionally and masterfully anchored us step-by-step. Nick, thank you — you truly went above and beyond to help make the day a success!”
-Kathy Keil-Rogers, NCL District 5 Specialist, and Former President of Irvine-Vista chapter
“Nick Standlea is an engaging speaker that imparts real-world practical tools that lead to a successful mindset and personal growth. These are essential tools that will help young minds (and old) to prepare to meet life’s challenges with enthusiasm!”
-VP Patroness Activities, Rancho-Irvine NCL
"This was by far our best meeting of the year. Thank you for breaking down the many myths surrounding the SAT, ACT, and college admissions, and spelling out clearly what options students have. The girls were engaged, asking questions, really listening. After you left, the conversation continued; they were sharing stories, strategies, questioning each other on what they thought the best options were, etc. Your level of engagement is remarkable and everything you say to them is so positive and well thought out. I also appreciate the time you took to demystify the New SAT and the options you suggested for our girls; especially with them being the first to take the new SAT and how colleges will react to the new format. NCL is a wonderful organization and we have loved working within our communities with our daughters to build a brighter future for not only them, but for others. It’s nice to meet people with the same goals in mind."
- Anne Stewart, Grade Level Adviser, National Charity League: Foothill Chapter
"Nick gave an engaging presentation with extremely relevant information about the SAT and ACT and college admissions in general. Thank you Test Prep Gurus!"
- Susan Barrett, National Charity League: Yorba Linda Chapter
“Thank you for coming and speaking at our Patroness meeting tonight. Your presentation was amazing and very informative! I received very positive feedback from the members. I plan to forward your information on to the other NCL Presidents in our area. I think NCL is a great organization for your positive message that you share with your audience...please feel free to share my e-mail and I would be happy to recommend you to any NCL Chapter. Thanks again.”
- Kim Henderson, President, National Charity League: Orange/Villa Chapter
Thank you for speaking at our meeting this morning, your expertise was very well-received.
- Lisa Traylor, Laguna NCL Chapter