Advantage Testing of Los Angeles

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

Phone: 310.201.0116
Fax: 310.943.1459
Email: losangeles@advantagetesting.com

Paul Siemens, Director
Adam Scholze, Associate Director

Additional locations in Santa Monica, Studio City, 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, Studio City, Torrance, and Pasadena, providing our students accessible and excellent learning environments. Some of our tutors can travel to student’s 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.

Tutors in Los Angeles

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, French, German, Latin, Spanish, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; 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.

Mark Bemesderfer

Mark Bemesderfer

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

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

Johnathan Brugal

Johnathan Brugal

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
National Hispanic Merit Scholar.

Christian Cardenas

Christian Cardenas

Tutor of: Academic Computer Science

B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Laura Chen

Laura Chen

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Literature, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, SSAT, ISEE; and more

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.

Dylan Diehl

Dylan Diehl

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, Italian, Spanish, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Dean’s List; National Merit Scholar; AP Scholar with Honors; Spanish Honors Society; Jesse S. and George Siegel Scholar.

Marisa Echeverria

Marisa Echeverria

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Literature, Spanish, SSAT, ISEE; and more

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.

Sean Fredricks

Sean Fredricks

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Chemistry, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, French, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A, with high honors, in History and Literature from Harvard University.
AP Scholar with Honors; National Commended Scholar; Alice Mary Longfellow Fellow; Caroline Isenberg Fellow.

Tali Friedman

Tali Friedman

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, SSAT, ISEE; 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.

Alan Gaskill

Alan Gaskill

Tutor of: Chinese; Academic Mandarin

B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University.

Matthew George

Matthew George

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A., magna cum laude, in American Studies from Yale University.
AP Scholar; National Merit Finalist; Thomas C. Barry Fellowship; Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Student Playwriting Award.

Asher Grodman

Asher Grodman

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

M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
B.A. in English and Film Studies from Columbia University.
Best Film Awards at numerous film festivals.

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Physics, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, SSAT, ISEE; and more

M.Ed. in Sociology and Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University.
National Ron Brown Scholar; National Achievement Scholar; Scholar-Athlete of the Year; National Math Award.

Hanna Kostamaa

Hanna Kostamaa

Tutor of: AP Music Theory, Academic Music Theory

B.A. in Music and Literary Arts from Brown University.
Hope Chatterton Prize; Brand Musical Premium.

Paolo Marinou-Blanco

Paolo Marinou-Blanco

Tutor of: French, Spanish, World History; Academic History, Academic Languages, Writing Instruction

M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Film Directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
M.Phil. in French Literature and Philosophy from University College London.
M.A. in in French Literature and Philosophy from University College London.
B.A. in History and Philosophy from the London School of Economics.
Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship; Member of the Writer’s Guild of America; Hearst Screenwriting Award; Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant.

David Matos

David Matos

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Physics, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, SSAT, ISEE; 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, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

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

Shirin Najafi

Shirin Najafi

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, SSAT, ISEE; and more

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

Michael Newman

Michael Newman

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Chemistry, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, SSAT, ISEE; and more

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

Caroline Pugliese

Caroline Pugliese

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Drama from University of Virginia.
Academic Excellence in Math Award.

Adam Scholze

Adam Scholze

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, SSAT, ISEE; 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, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, 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.

Teddy Steinkellner

Teddy Steinkellner

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

B.A. in English and American Studies from Stanford University.

Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, LSAT, SSAT, ISEE, Bar Exam; and more

J.D. from Yale Law School.
B.A. in English Literature and Economics from Yale College.
Ralph D. Paine Memorial Prize; Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Jacquie Walters

Jacquie Walters

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A., with highest honors, in Film & Theater with Distinction from University of Virginia.
Phi Beta Kappa; College Arts Scholars Grant; ACCIAC Fellows in Creativity and Innovation Award; Raven Society.

Tara Waugh

Tara Waugh

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

M.A. in Critical Studies from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
M.F.A. in Production from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
B.A. in Art History and Molecular & Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Advantage Testing of Orange County.

Doug Woodburn

Doug Woodburn

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.