Advantage Testing of Los Angeles

10350 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 290
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310.201.0116
Fax: 310.943.1459
Email: info@advantage-la.com

Paul Siemens, Director
Adam Scholze, Associate Director

Additional locations in Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, and the South Bay

Since 2008, Advantage Testing of Los Angeles has served the Los Angeles and the greater Southern California scholastic communities. Through our outstanding educational services, thousands of students have accomplished their academic and professional goals.

We develop individually tailored programs that complement each student’s schoolwork, helping them achieve success. Our students' ages range from six to sixty: we offer tutoring for independent and selective public high school and middle school admissions exams, including the ISEE, the SSAT, and the HSPT; for college and graduate school admissions exams; and for a range of academic subjects.

Advantage Testing of Los Angeles maintains tutoring offices in Century City, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, and Pasadena, providing our students accessible and excellent learning environments. Some of our tutors can travel to students' homes, and all of our tutors can teach long-distance, having successfully instructed students throughout the country and the world. Contact us to discuss your tutoring options.

Each year, our tutors help countless students from families of limited means through our active financial assistance program. We have also partnered with local non-profit programs, teaching college preparatory classes for students in underserved communities.

To best serve our community of learners during these challenging times, we are excited to introduce ATLA Foundations: Introduction to Advanced Coursework. These boot-camp style online courses provide a foundational introduction to advanced academic classes, preparing students to start out strong in their AP, IB, CAS, and other high-level coursework.

Tutors in Los Angeles

Mark Anderson /

Mark Anderson

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA World History, ATLA College Study Skills; and more

Ph.D. in History from Yale University.
M.Phil. in History from Yale University.
M.A. in History from Yale University.
M.A. in Religion from Yale University.
B.A. in History and English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles.
Foreign Languages and Area Studies Grant for German Language Study; Abraham J. Malherbe Award; Berkeley-Biddle-Woolsey Fellowship; National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction.

Tyler Beardsley /

Tyler Beardsley

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA Computer Science, ATLA Statistics; and more

B.A. in Computer Science and Drama from Tufts University.

Mark Bemesderfer /

Mark Bemesderfer

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA English Language and Literature, ATLA High School Study Skills, ATLA College Study Skills; and more

B.A., cum laude, in American Studies from Yale University.

Lindsay Chambers /

Lindsay Chambers

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Spanish, Academic Spanish and more

B.A., cum laude, in International Studies and Theater from Northwestern University.
Certificate in Creative Writing for the Media.
Dean's List; Century Scholar.

Laura Chen /

Laura Chen

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, Writing Instruction

M.F.A. in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
B.A., with honors, in Comparative Literature from Brown University.
Weston Acting Award.

Alex Cohen /

Alex Cohen

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Calculus, AP Physics and more

B.A., cum laude, in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University.
Artist, Art Director, and Vice President of the Harvard Lampoon.

Rob Conant /

Rob Conant

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, Bar Exam, ATLA Foundations, ATLA Psychology, ATLA High School Study Skills, ATLA College Study Skills; and more

J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
A.B. in Psychology from Georgetown University.

Marisa Echeverria /

Marisa Echeverria

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; Academic Spanish, Interview Training, Writing Instruction

M.F.A. in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
B.A., magna cum laude, in Literature from Harvard University.
Jonathan Levy Prize; Headmaster’s Award.

Garrett Ewald /

Garrett Ewald

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Biology, AP English and more

B.A., summa cum laude, in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dean’s List; Adios Strunk and White Award; Executive Editor on the Fiction Committee of Westwind.

Tali Friedman /

Tali Friedman

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA U.S. History; and more

B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.
David McCord Prize for the Arts; Jonathan Levy Prize; IB Scholar.

William Handel /

William Handel

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Chemistry, AP English and more

B.A., magna cum laude, in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Former editor-in-chief/executive director of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs; former director-general for the North American Invitational Model United Nations conference; 18 Best Delegate awards at Model UN tournaments.

Joshua Kaplan /

Joshua Kaplan

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, Bar Exam; and more

J.D. from Yale Law School.
M.F.A. from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
B.A./B.S. in English and Film & Television from Boston University.
Mary Pickford Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Boston University Trustee Scholar; Florida Keys Emerging Playwright; Kodak Film Scholar.

Courtney Khademi /

Courtney Khademi

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, LSAT; PSAT, Law School Curriculum, Academic Writing

J.D. from Stanford Law School.
B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
Phi Beta Kappa; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law School's Journal of Complex Litigation; Semi-Finalist at Stanford Law School's Kirkwood Moot Court Competition; Former Litigation Associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Micah Leslie /

Micah Leslie

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics and more

B.A., cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University.
Campus Director for A Place Beyond; Serves on the American Playwriting Foundation's Relentless Subcommittee.

Emma Maltby /

Emma Maltby

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, ISEE, SSAT; and more

B.A., with honors, in English and Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Chicago.
Acting Apprentice at Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville; Randal Castleman Prize in English; Gordon I. Newcombe History Award; Beethoven Medal.

David Matos /

David Matos

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA Calculus, ATLA Physics; and more

B.A. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley.
Distinguished Tutor Recognition in Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers; Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Drama Award.

Patrick McGowan /

Patrick McGowan

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA High School Study Skills; and more

B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brown University.
Susan Ross Steinfeld Award.

Shirin Najafi /

Shirin Najafi

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA High School Study Skills, ATLA College Study Skills; and more

B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.
Dean’s List; AP Scholar with Honors.

Michael Newman /

Michael Newman

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Chemistry, Academic Chemistry and more

B.A. in Dramatic Arts from University of California, Berkeley.

Briana Price /

Briana Price

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, MCAT, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA Biology, ATLA Environmental Science; and more

B.A., pre-med with a concentration in History, from Columbia University.
Guest Teacher at LAUSD's Sotomayor Learning Academies.

Adam Scholze /

Adam Scholze

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA Chemistry; and more

B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
AP Scholar; Bergen County YMCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Associate Director of Advantage Testing of Los Angeles.

Paul Siemens /

Paul Siemens

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A., cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.
Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford University.
Certificate in Fiction Writing from University of California, Los Angeles.
Harvard College Scholarship for Academic Distinction; Jonathan Levy Prize; National Merit Scholar; Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction.
Director of Advantage Testing of Los Angeles, Advantage Testing of Las Vegas, and Advantage Testing of Orange County.

Julie Simon /

Julie Simon

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP Calculus, AP English and more

B.A., summa cum laude, in Studies in Humanities from Yale University.
Co-led the West Coast Media Practice for Spencer Stuart; Former Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution at Fox Networks; Phi Beta Kappa.

Abe Thompson /

Abe Thompson

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE; PSAT, AP English, AP European History and more

B.A. in Classics from Stanford University.
Studied Greek and Latin at Eton College; Published Writer with both The Peninsula Press and Thrive Global.