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, 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, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, French, German, Latin, Spanish, 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.

Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, SSAT, ISEE, MCAT; and more

M.S. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.
B.A. in Biology and Statistics from Stanford University.
Author of 14 Peer-reviewed Science Articles; Departmental Graduate TA Award Winner.

Elizabeth Baxa

Elizabeth Baxa

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

M.F.A. from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.
B.A., with High Honors, in English Literature from the University of Virginia.
Audrey Wells Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Tyler Beardsley

Tyler Beardsley

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

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.

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.

Rob Conant

Rob Conant

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Literature, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, SSAT, ISEE, GRE, LSAT, 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.

Dylan Diehl

Dylan Diehl

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, Italian, Spanish, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA Art History, ATLA College Study Skills; 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.

Lily Freda

Lily Freda

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

B.A., cum laude, in English from Harvard University.
International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient; wrote for The Harvard Crimson; former staff writer at The Huffington Post.

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, 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, Chemistry, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, SSAT, ISEE; 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.

Nick Healy

Nick Healy

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, French, Latin, U.S. History, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in Classics with a focus in Ancient Greek from Brown University.
Completed a Summer Greek Intensive at CUNY's Graduate School; Sang in the Semi-Pro Choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Harvard-Westlake graduate.

Joshua Kaplan

Joshua Kaplan

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Literature, U.S. History, World History, 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.

Hanna Kostamaa

Hanna Kostamaa

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, French, SSAT, ISEE; AP Music Theory, Academic Music Theory, Academic French

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

David Matos

David Matos

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

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

Briana Price

Briana Price

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

Wallace Wennerberg

Wallace Wennerberg

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Biology E/M, Chemistry, SSAT, ISEE, ATLA Foundations, ATLA High School Study Skills; and more

B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University.
Volunteer Research Assistant at UCLA studying immunotherapies for cancer treatment; Former President of McGill’s Panhellenic Council; attended Marlborough School for Girls.