Arun Alagappan in New York, NY

Mathematics: Math through Multivariable Calculus
English: Writing Instruction
Admissions Counseling: College Admissions Counseling, Business School Counseling, Law School Counseling

Arun Alagappan is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and a graduate of Harvard Law School. At Princeton, he served as the director of the Jamesburg Correctional Institute for Boys Tutorial Program and on the board of directors of the Student Volunteers Council, the largest community service organization at Princeton. At Harvard, Arun served as an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and worked for numerous public service organizations, including the United States Committee for UNICEF.

Arun’s teaching experience includes tutoring for tests such as the SAT, ACT, AP Exams, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, and MCAT; he also taught in the mathematics department of Harvard College and as an instructor at a learning disabilities center in New York City. At Harvard, the Dean of the College awarded Arun an award for Outstanding Teaching of Harvard Undergraduates. He has privately tutored more than 3,000 students in standardized tests and academic subjects.

In 1986, Arun founded Advantage Testing, Inc., and has been serving as its president since. Advantage Testing is a wide-ranging academic tutoring and educational counseling service for individuals of all ages. The organization specializes in preparing students for college entrance and graduate and professional school entrance exams.

While committed to providing the finest private tutoring in the nation, Advantage Testing has also been dedicated to making its educational services accessible to students of every background. For more than 35 years, Advantage Testing has provided financial aid and pro bono instructional help to a variety of individuals, schools, and public service organizations.

Arun served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America), a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the leadership potential of exceptional public school students of backgrounds that are underrepresented at selective colleges and universities. Arun also serves on the Board of Prep for Prep, a program that helps prepare talented minority students of disadvantaged backgrounds to transition from New York City public schools first to leading independent schools and later to selective institutions of higher education.

In 2007, Arun founded the Advantage Testing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, where he currently serves as president of the board of trustees. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Math Prize for Girls, the world’s largest prize for girls in a math competition, and TRIALS, the nation’s most successful law school preparation scholarship program. Serving with Arun on the Advantage Testing Foundation Board of Trustees are Shirley Tilghman, who joined as President of Princeton University; John Sexton, who joined as President of New York University; Martha Minow, who joined as Dean of Harvard Law School; John Manning, the current Dean of Harvard Law School; Tom Hill, former vice chairman of the Blackstone Group; Lauren Frank, a leader in educational philanthropy; Beth Nash, a leader in educational philanthropy; Sandor Lehoczky, a senior leader at Jane Street; BK Fulton, the founding chairman and CEO of Soulidifly Productions; and Jacquelyn Stone, a partner at McGuireWoods. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is a former board member.

The goals of the Advantage Testing Foundation are 1) to partner with universities and public service organizations to advance the academic and professional aspirations of students of modest means, and 2) to expand our nation’s leadership pool to include those of underrepresented backgrounds.