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I want to thank you for the phenomenal job Ivy Experience did preparing our son for his standardized tests. Our tutor was exceptionally gifted! Our son being accepted to an Ivy League institution would not have been possible without achieving high standardized test scores…I do not think his college would have even looked at him without these scores. Our Ivy Experience tutor was not only a superb educator, but a real friend to our son who always gave him pep talks before the tests and made sure he was feeling confident. He went way beyond the call of duty, even e-mailing or texting our son the night before the tests to wish him good luck.

Caroline R.

Before she was tutored, she had a ‘C’ in the class. She now has a solid “A’…
Sam explains everything in a way that breaks it down and gives her tools to remember it. He has been a lifesaver for her – she is a straight ‘A’ student and this class could have been the end of her streak.

Cheryl F.

Preparing for college standard admission tests and applications should not be a one size fits all program. Ivy Experience provided a flexible approach in preparing my daughter for all the myriad of tasks and points to be considered and addressed. Ivy Experience tailored their services to what my daughter needed and how she responded best.

Kathy T.

Our Ivy Experience tutor was the consummate professional and a wonderful teacher. He was reassuring but firm, kind, very good at articulating information in a way that my son would understand, and seemed able to get right to the heart of the issues my son needed to work on most. Our tutor was polite, always on time, and a pleasure to have at our home. I know that our Ivy Experience tutor worked very hard with my son, who seemed to make huge strides, particularly in math. There isn’t a thing that I could suggest that would increase our satisfaction.


While the improvement in our daughter’s scores after working with Ivy Experience was dramatic, the far greater impact was on her self confidence. She went from fearing and dreading the testing and application process to having a sense of pride and ownership. There is no magic pill and she worked hard to make her gains but without the tutor’s voice of calm, sense of reason and startling breadth of experience and knowledge, I don’t think she would have accomplished as much regardless of the time she put in. We are already planning on hiring an Ivy Experience tutor for our son next year.

Andrew E.

Ivy Experience truly cares about its students. When a student we hosted from China needed assistance and guidance with his standardized tests, Ivy Experience stepped up in a tremendous way on both the SAT and the TOEFL. We had been placed in a very difficult position of mentoring a young man being recruited for athletics at a high level who also needed substantial assistance with language issues and US standardized tests, yet being restricted by NCAA rules on what we could pay for on his behalf. Ivy Experience donated their 100 percent of their time and services and got him into the school of his choice with a full 4 year scholarship.

While their tutors worked with the host student in our home, we witnessed a relationship develop that fostered confidence and growth in his test taking abilities. When it was time for our own son to begin thinking about his SATs, there was no question that we would call Ivy Experience. Once again, a dynamic tutor helped a student in our home bolster his confidence, and ultimately his scores, which significantly helped him with his athletic recruitment. Their vast knowledge of the various tests out there and college application process, coupled with their ability to connect with a student and eagerness to navigate a family through the college prep process, make Ivy Experience an unparalleled choice for your student. We have been through the whole SAT tutoring thing several times before with our older children and must say that having the sessions take place in our home not only gives us the ability to monitor progress and remain involved but frees up precious time in driving to and from appointments. I can’t say enough about this company!

Sarah Keating

Ivy Experience has highly qualified academic tutors who bring an enormous amount of diverse knowledge to their students in a warm and caring way, such that each student feels compelled to want to do her/his very best. Their unique insights, and personalized educational strategies, makes learning fresh and fun! Students grow to feel enthusiastic and confident in so many ways, and learn to love learning.

Phyllis M., Director of Planned Giving, Media-Providence Friends School

I would encourage every student to take the SAT/ACT diagnostic that Ivy Experience offers. Our son’s college acceptance list, I believe, has a lot to do with him choosing the right test. Other families ask how we had such success on this journey and I tell them we got a positive start with choosing the right test and Ivy Experience’s style of test prep.

Sue D.

Eric and the Ivy Experience team helped us tremendously throughout the college application process! Eric had our son take a diagnostic test of not only the SAT but also the ACT, which I know we would not have done on our own. As it turned out he scored really well on the ACT which definitely helped him in his college search process. In addition, the tutor from Ivy Experience helped with the overall ACT / SAT preparation. Since this was our oldest child we had a lot of questions which Eric readily answered for us. He truly was only a phone call away. Lastly, Eric helped our son with several college essays. This was a huge help as it kept our son on track with the deadlines and helped him immensely in the editing process. We will definitely use Ivy Experience for our second child as well. I would highly recommend Ivy Experience to anyone who needs help in navigating the very complicated and work intensive college application process.

Jill H.

Ivy Experience was an enormous asset to my daughter in the college prep process. The process has changed dramatically since I applied to colleges, and their team’s knowledge and guidance was extremely valuable. They were able to keep her on schedule and gave her deadlines to get the necessary steps completed on time. The best part was the removal of arguments between me and my daughter. Their help resulted in a very high acceptance rate to selective colleges. I strongly encourage you to use Ivy Experience, and I suggest you do it very early in the process.

Michael S.

I want to commend Ivy Experience on the incredible experience we had with your tutors. After working with your tutors on the college test preparation process, my daughter saw her test scores improve dramatically! She also worked with your team on preparing her essays for the application process, which once again proved to be a success, as she was accepted into her #1 college choice! We have been so impressed with your organization that we have also used your tutoring services for our middle school son. Thank you again for a job well done and know I have been spreading the word about your organization!


“I could not have done it without my Ivy tutor!” This has been my daughter’s response to anyone who congratulated her on being accepted to her first choice university. The tutors at Ivy Experience were not only knowledgeable in all areas of test prep and essay writing, they were very compassionate when it came to understanding the stress and emotions my daughter was experiencing with the entire college process.

My son saw first hand what a supportive and fun relationship the tutor fostered with his sister. At the end of his sophomore year he asked to start test prep with Ivy Experience. He, as well, would be learning and laughing with his tutor as his sister did. The results were a wonderful improvement each time he took a test. He plans to continue with the Essayologist for college application essays. The tutors at Ivy Experience will instill confidence and a “can do” attitude in your child!

Karen M.

The Ivy Experience was a tremendous asset to my daughter during her application to college. Their advice on how to prepare a winning essay, and how to deal with decisions to be made about early registration and a host of other topics were invaluable during this process. My daughter attended a large public school where counseling for the best way to approach the top schools was virtually non-existent. I am pleased to report success in that my daughter is now part of the Class of 2017 of a prestigious Ivy League university. Our family owes this in large part to the excellent advice we received from the Ivy Experience.

Sandra J.

The tutors at Ivy Experience have significantly helped both of my own children as they prepared for achievement tests and college applications. The tutors’ style is low-pressure and thoughtful yet rigorous and very productive. As an educator myself I think I can judge the value of Ivy Experience academically as well as parentally–and from both points of view, I recommend them with confidence and enthusiasm.

Al F., Kelly Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Essay Consulting Testimonials

My husband I have nothing but praise for Ivy Experience. The first time we met Eric, he was able to focus in on what made our daughter unique and steer her into highlighting that in her essays. He did a great job setting deadlines, giving feedback, and moving things forward in an effective and supportive manner. For my part, I honestly can’t believe how smoothly my daughter’s essay writing went. I had heard many horror stories about the application process from family and friends, but by using Ivy Experience, we managed to avoid all those tensions. Perhaps most amazing of all, the essays Eric worked on with my daughter completely retained her character and voice. Next up…our 11th grade son.

Caryn G.

Ivy Experience is wonderful, and their input was truly just what my daughter needed. Their advice, both generally, in terms of topic choices, and specifically, when editing her essays, was concrete, detailed, and, consistent. They continued to help guide her as to how to focus her writing, and provided constructive and specific feedback. Changes they suggested were clear, and manageable for her implement. They were always very accessible, over email, and the telephone, to her, and to us.

When my husband and I suggested to our daughter that we get some outside help for her college essay writing, she was initially very much against it. She said that she did not want anyone writing essays for her, or having her create essays that weren’t in her voice. We really had to push her on it. Once she started working with Ivy Experience, she conceded that they were (are) awesome; and that they helped her shape and improve her essays, while allowing the essence of her thoughts and feelings to remain as she intended.

As the parents, we especially liked your communication style. We loved always being kept in the loop. We also really appreciated that you continued to gently nudge our daughter to keep working on things. We certainly wish that we had not listened to our daughter, and had gotten her started over the summer, but I guess all’s well that ends well, huh?

Rochelle W.

Ivy Experience was pivotal to our son’s essay writing. Ivy Experience provided a very custom solution that matched our son’s personality helping him reach deep to create very powerful and creative essays that captured who he is. Thanks to Ivy Experience, the acceptances are rolling in. We highly recommend the Ivy Experience team to anyone embarking on their college journey.

Steve C.

As a mother I was dreading the essay part of the applications, but Ivy Experience made it painless for me. I appreciate how they worked with my daughter directly, but kept me in the loop every step of the way.

Beth H.

Patience, understanding, knowing the strengths and limitations of my child. Ivy Experience guided us throughout the college essay process without completely taking over. The end result were solid and compelling essays that still captured the “voice” of my daughter.

Leslie W.

Our daughter was accepted to her absolute number one choice university and Ivy Experience made a huge difference helping make it possible. Our Ivy Experience tutor was not just a tutor, but a friend, coach, supporter, and cheerleader. He helped our daughter raise her test score significantly bringing her solidly in range for acceptance. He helped in many ways including deep knowledge of SAT test questions, best approaches to answering questions effectively, valuable test-taking strategies, and confidence-boosting coaching and feedback. Ivy Experience was also instrumental in helping shape our daughter’s application essays into interesting, engaging, personal narratives that capture her unique assets and strong potential as an active member of the university. We are so grateful to Ivy Experience for such a wonderful, personal, and effective engagement! We are looking forward to working with Ivy Experience with our second daughter and we regularly recommend Ivy Experience to all of our friends about to embark on the college application process! Thank you Ivy Experience!

Marcia and Chip

We want to take an opportunity to thank you for all of your hard work and guidance with Zach’s college essays and applications. Being that Zach is our second child, we have been through this process with our oldest child with another professional in your field. We can say without hesitation that your expertise and style is far superior. We would also enthusiastically recommend your services to anyone going through this stressful and arduous process.

We are particularly impressed with the way you pushed Zach to think on a much deeper level when brainstorming the various essay prompts. We believe that by challenging him the way you did, his essays evolved in a very unique way. His essays will stand out to the admissions counselors reviewing his applications.

Again, thank you for being an important cog in the wheel of Zach’s college application journey.

Pia E.

Ivy Experience asked the right questions to get a real sense of who she is and gave her concrete ideas of what she could write about that would help her essay stand out. In addition, the follow up was fantastic. They kept her on a comfortable time line and she didn’t feel at all pressured. The feedback they provided with each revision enabled her to produce wonderfully written final pieces for submission.

Hiring Ivy Experience to help her with her essay and the application process was one of the best investments we’ve ever made. I didn’t have to nag her once and that made the process go smoothly.

The results speak for themselves. My daughter applied to seven schools. To date, she’s heard from six and all have accepted her. Five of the six offered fabulous scholarships from $3,500 for each year to $20,000 for each year.

Lydia C.

We used Ivy Experience’s college application essay consulting services and couldn’t be happier. They showed extreme high level of expertise and worked very well with my son. The improvement in all aspects of his essays was evident. We felt much more confident in the application process and the result proved it: my son was admitted to his first choice college (a very selective university). They also worked with my son to keep up with application timelines, which took a lot of stress away from the parents. I strongly recommend Ivy Experience’s services to high school students and their families who are in the process of college application. (And start early!)

Gang J.

We had an overall exceedingly positive experience. Ivy Experience did a great job taking the lead in helping to formulate essay ideas, setting expectations, deadlines and timetables. They were very prompt and responsive in his feedback on essays, which allowed us as parents to be supportive and greatly decreased the pressure within the family.

Andrew O.

Ivy Experience provided an invaluable resource for our whole family throughout our son’s college application process. The initial consultation was very informative and gave us all a much better understanding of the admissions process. Ivy Experience helped our son draw from his various life experiences and think outside the box in his approach to questions, which resulted in absolutely amazing essays. The Ivy Experience took a lot of the stress out of the process. We highly recommend their services.

Chris & Beth

We are writing to let you know how pleased we were with the entire Essay Consulting process. You helped set priorities and organize our daughter’s efforts, which allowed her to produce the best possible representation of herself. She was ultimately pleased that this was her work, not work that someone did for her. You will be happy to know that she got accepted to Northwestern University early decision.

Janet W.

You did an amazing job with my daughter.  Her essays were excellent, but more than that you made her think – really think! That made her a better writer. She was really proud of her essays and felt great about her applications!

Eileen S.

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