Alpha’s primary goal is to effect measurable, impactful improvements in our students’ test scores. We provide guided strategic expertise and tracking to ensure students are steadily hitting benchmarks along the way to reach their end goal.
As a community of tutors, we continuously learn and re-examine what it takes to get a top score, and we share our best techniques with you! Our process is rooted in strategy, and our strategies are attuned to individual students. When you complete an Alpha program, you will be able to go to your test date feeling assured and confident that you will be among the highest scorers.
We start at square one. Regardless of their educational backgrounds, each tutor is required to officially sit for their test(s) of expertise – and must score within the top 99th percentile. This guarantees our tutors have the lowdown on what it takes to achieve a top score on current versions of the tests, know how to develop a strategy that works, and are able to present our students with top-notch guidance that is relevant to current testing conditions.
Alpha Test Prep is for students who aim to be a cut above. Students who are targeting the highest-rated schools in the nation with their college preparation. Our students come from the top schools in Los Angeles, including Brentwood School, Harvard-Westlake, Marlborough, Archer, Buckley, Crossroads, and many others. Our students are sharp, competitive, and prepared for success in all they endeavor.
Our aim to be the best in test prep – not by a small margin, but by a tenfold. Requirements for ivy-league schools are anywhere from 1400 and above for SAT and 33 for ACT. Our requirements for tutors are higher than that: above 1550 for SAT and 34 for ACT. Our tutors retake their test of expertise annually to ensure they are up-to-date on test changes and that they keep their excellent scores current.
Here’s the deal: many tutors that cite a high score received that score years ago. But that score years ago has little bearing on today’s tests. The College Board, ACT, and ERB are constantly analyzing data from their tests and making changes to them year by year. The SAT was revamped from the bottom up in 2016, so a tutor who scored high on the previous version of the test has become outdated. It stands to reason that tutors who haven’t scored well on a test in years have forgotten some of what they know.
You’ll never have to worry about this with an Alpha tutor. You can be assured you are always receiving top-level service that is current, applicable, and impactful.
Alpha Test Prep was founded by Jeffrey Michael Smith, who attended Amherst College and graduated with a degree in Communications. When he decided to enter the test prep field, he went back to square one. “I wanted to find out what kind of work and dedication it takes to achieve a perfect score.” Jeffrey attained his first 1600 on the SAT in 2004. When the test format changed in 2005, he realized that his score was now totally outdated. He taught himself the new format test and received a perfect score of 2400 in 2006. He realized he was gaining a competitive advantage by taking the test every year – learning all the little changes that go into the test formats year by year. Because of this, his knowledge is always up-to-date and cutting-edge.
Alpha Test Prep was founded with that experience in mind. With so few tutors out there with recent, relevant, experience, we’ve an opportunity to help those students who don’t want the same tutoring company all their peers use, but one that specifically specializes in helping students who aim for the highest scores.
We recognize we aren’t for everyone, and we like it that way. We are specifically for those students who are competitive, hungry for success, and willing to work to hit their goals. That is what it means to be an alpha, and it is the core foundation of our company.