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Need need help with your regular coursework? Math, reading, writing, science, social studies or foreign languages? Study skills? Organization? Computer skills? Homework, projects and upcoming tests? Tell us about your needs; we likely have just the right expert tutor for you.

Rates start at just $75 an hour and we're so confident you'll love the quality of our tutors, if you live in or near Los Angeles, your first hour of tutoring is on us! Subject specialists tutor in the safety and convenience of your home or at a nearby library. You set the schedule, save time and get the help you need. Try us now -- for free!  

 

Chess

Chess, the so-called "game of kings." Really, really smart kings. It's fun, improves discipline and sharpens thinking. For kindergarteners through 8th graders, we offer lessons ranging from how the players move for absolute beginners to advanced strategy for those with more experience.  

ISEE

Good private elementary, middle and high schools are tough to get into. Admission is terribly competitive. There are primarily two tests used to determine admission, the ISEE and the SSAT. Having simply a good score on these is rarely enough. Your child needs to excel. We can help.

But unlike, say, the SAT, there's a huge wrinkle here: kids this age are generally not emotionally equipped to deal with the stress of a high-stakes test. So it's important well-meaning parents and teachers resist applying too much pressure to these young students. Otherwise, they can freeze up during the test and all of our preparation is for naught, since most kids have a rough time performing after bursting into tears.

We find we can have much greater success by carefully keeping the preparation a fun experience; get children really comfortable with the test content and the test-taking process, so that the actual day of the test feels very familiar and like no big deal. We work hard at motivating our students without pressure. You'll help us greatly if we can convince you to do the same. 

SSAT

Good private elementary, middle and high schools are tough to get into. Admission is terribly competitive. There are primarily two tests used to determine admission, the ISEE and the SSAT. Having simply a good score on these is rarely enough. Your child needs to excel. We can help.

But unlike, say, the SAT, there's a huge wrinkle here: kids this age are generally not emotionally equipped to deal with the stress of a high-stakes test. So it's important well-meaning parents and teachers resist applying too much pressure to these young students. Otherwise, they can freeze up during the test and all of our preparation is for naught, since most kids have a rough time performing after bursting into tears.

We find we can have much greater success by carefully keeping the preparation a fun experience; get children really comfortable with the test content and the test-taking process, so that the actual day of the test feels very familiar and like no big deal. We work hard at motivating our students without pressure. You'll help us greatly if we can convince you to do the same. 

Creative Writing

More and more, in our STEM*-obsessed world, creative writing is getting the short end of the stick. Still, research shows that creative writing is one of the most important developmental activities in which a young mind can engage. Recent research actually shows that when the human mind begins to seek words to describe something, whether seen or imagined, the entire brain responds in a unique cascade of events like no other. The ability to put words onto paper (or a screen, for that matter) is an essential part of nearly every field. Get your kids started early developing this skill. Our course, taught by highly-qualified authors and teachers, delves into the building blocks of writing, and the construction of story, characters, and plot in a fun and engaging way for kids.

*STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
 

Weird Science

In the constant race to improve reading and math scores and state-issued standardized tests, science curriculum (along with the arts) has taken a back seat. Take a look at some sobering statistics:

- Most kindergarten to fifth-grade students typically had science instruction no more than twice a week.

- Ten times as many teachers said they felt unprepared to teach science (41 percent) than felt unprepared to teach math (4 percent) or reading (4 percent).

- In a national survey, about 16 percent of the elementary teachers said they spent no time on science at all.

- Perhaps it is best said as follows: "The demands of No Child Left Behind have made it almost impossible to devote enough time to science."

We feel this is a problem. Especially in elementary years, when a young child's mind is most inquisitive, most eager to learn, and most engaged in the natural world. The benefits of scientific engagement are simply too numerous to list. All you have to do is watch a six year-old child examining a butterfly pupa, or see their amazement at the sight of baking soda combined with vinegar, and you'll understand.

Our science courses are designed by the best, most inventive and inspiring science teachers we can find. It's not about memorizing and regurgitating. It's about finding the wonder in the world around us.
 

This is the Only Test Prep and Tutoring We're Giving Our Kids

We've knocked around the test prep and tutoring business for years. Guru tutoring positions, writing manuals, accolades galore, blah blah blah. We know all the shortcuts and tricks to the business. We've had a front-row seat watching others build companies designed to grow fast by cranking students through in volume, focusing more on the sales and less on the actual product, even while claiming to cause incredible score improvement (some legitimately, some otherwise).

Then we had kids of our own.

That forced us to ask ourselves, when the time came, where would we send them? When they needed enrichment, expert tutors, preparation for high-stakes tests like the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT or even professional credentials? Understand, we're not moderately fond of our kids. Imperfect though they may be, we're massively head-over-heels in love with them. Why wouldn't we be? They're ours. There is no ocean too wide nor mountain too tall if crossing or climbing it means our kids have a better shot at becoming happy, successful adults who live up to their potential.

So we looked at all of the companies we knew involved in test preparation, tutoring and enrichment classes. Admittedly, some did a few things very well, and if we could have combined this from him and that from her, we'd have been off to the races. But usually, for completely valid reasons, combining those things was impossible. All too often, the reasons came down to finance.

Then we allowed ourselves to imagine -- what if money were no object? If there were absolutely no need to cut corners, the sky's the limit, exactly what would define the educational service that would wildly excite us to send our own kids to? And we're not just sincere, well-meaning parents wondering that; we're experts in the field.

Which led us to build a company where every single person, from tutors to manual writers to managers, all the way to the accountants, looks at every issue through precisely one lens: how exactly would I do my job were this my child in front of me?

Because for some of us, that day is fast approaching. And for others, it's here.

We look forward to you checking out Mulholland Prep -- and hope you'll find it as exciting as we do.

Dov Engelberg, President

 

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Academic Tutoring

Does your child need help with his or her regular coursework? Math, reading, writing, science, social studies or foreign languages? Study skills? Organization? Computer skills? Homework, projects and upcoming tests? Tell us about your needs; we likely have just the right expert tutor for you. Rates start at just $75 an hour.

Subject specialists tutor in the safety and convenience of your home or at a nearby library. You set the schedule, save time and get the help your child needs.

Be sure to ask about our free trial hour of tutoring.
 

Organization and Focus Coaching

Most of us are not naturally organized people. If we do learn to be, it's something we learn over time. Likewise, we don't automatically know from birth how to shut out the world around us so we can concentrate our attention on a single task. But those two skills are a big part of how we gain control over our lives, whether we are running a large corporation or facing a tough third-grade spelling test.

Our organization and focus coaches teach your child how to break large, complex tasks into smaller, more manageable ones; techniques for prioritizing steps and staying on task; how to avoid majoring in the minors; and how to stay motivated until a job is fully done. Help your child step up his or her game and get school projects and homework done correctly and on time.

There are many gifts we can give to our children. This one is huge.
 

Vocabulary

Vocabulary. The word can strike terror into the hearts of kids everywhere. "You have to study your vocabulary," is a constant refrain from parents, educators, and tutors. But why should increasing your child's vocabulary be a chore? After all, the benefits of an increased vocabulary are numerous: an increase in vocabulary not only improves academic performance, but also helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. A student's vocabulary is one of the best indicators of success in the liberal arts. A rich, diverse vocabulary allows for expression of complex ideas and emotions, in either written or verbal form.

If we didn't think it was important, we'd have never made it its own class.
 

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SAT®

Like the rival ACT, the SAT® is one of the most important tests you will take in your life. It can be a major factor in determining which colleges and universities accept you. That's a lot of pressure for someone in high school to face, but we're here to help. The only thing we do all day is think about helping you get the highest score possible on tests like these. 

Ambassador Club

Join our Ambassador Club and save money off test prep classes -- even get them for free!

For everyone who joins you in one of our classes (and marks you down as the one who referred him or her), you'll get 20% off the cost of your class. Bring five other students and take the class for free!
 

ACT®

Like the rival SAT, the ACT® is one of the most important tests you will take in your life. It can be a major factor in determining which colleges and universities accept you. That's a lot of pressure for someone in high school to face, but we're here to help. The only thing we do all day is think about helping you get the highest score possible on tests like these. 

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PSAT/NMSQT

Seventh graders to sophomores take the PSAT to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also helps high school guidance counselors decide which students to approve for advanced placement courses, which are considered essential for applicants to top colleges. 

SAT® Subject Exams

SAT subject tests is the name for 20 multiple-choice standardized tests given on individual subjects, usually taken to improve a student's credentials for admission to colleges in the United States. Students typically choose which tests to take depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools to which they are planning to apply. Until 1994, the SAT subject tests were known as achievement tests, and until January 2005, they were known as SAT IIs; they are still commonly known by these names. Every test is now a one-hour timed test. 

A student may take up to three SAT subject tests on any given date. Most SAT subject tests are offered on the same day as the regular SAT. The language tests with listening are generally available only once a year, in November. A calendar of test dates and registration deadlines can be found on The College Board's official website.

Academic Tutoring

Does your child need help with his or her regular coursework? Math, reading, writing, science, social studies or foreign languages? Study skills? Organization? Computer skills? Homework, projects and upcoming tests? Tell us about your needs; we likely have just the right expert tutor for you. Rates start at just $75 an hour.

Subject specialists tutor in the safety and convenience of your home or at a nearby library. You set the schedule, save time and get the help your child needs.

Be sure to ask about our free trial hour of tutoring.
 

Organization and Focus Coaching

Most of us are not naturally organized people. If we do learn to be, it's something we learn over time. Likewise, we don't automatically know from birth how to shut out the world around us so we can concentrate our attention on a single task. But those two skills are a big part of how we gain control over our lives, whether we are running a large corporation or facing a tough high school geometry test.

Our organization and focus coaches teach you how to break large, complex tasks into smaller, more manageable ones; techniques for prioritizing steps and staying on task; how to avoid majoring in the minors; and how to stay motivated until a job is fully done. Step up your game and get school projects and homework done correctly and on time.

There are many gifts we can give to our children. This one is huge.
 

Vocabulary

Vocabulary. The word can strike terror into the hearts of people everywhere. "You have to study your vocabulary," is a constant refrain from parents, educators, and tutors. But why should increasing your child's vocabulary be a chore? After all, the benefits of an increased vocabulary are numerous: an increase in vocabulary not only improves academic performance, but also helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. A student's vocabulary is one of the best indicators of success in the liberal arts. A rich, diverse vocabulary allows for expression of complex ideas and emotions, in either written or verbal form.

If we didn't think it was important, we'd have never made it its own class.
 

College Application and Essay Guidance

The college application process can be daunting. There are myriad schools to consider, research, perhaps even visit. Furthermore, admission to the most desirable schools continues to become even more selective as time goes on, which means your application has to be immaculate. Our certified college counselors can help you navigate the process, from the initial questions until the last submit button has been hit -- and everything in between.

Scores: SAT® v ACT®

One of the most common questions we are asked is, "How do SAT and ACT scores compare?" Although it is ultimately difficult to pin down given that the tests are, put simply, different, here's a reasonable guide.

Remember, we do not believe that it is a good idea to simply equate the two tests. In other words, though most colleges will look at either test, getting a 2,000 on the SAT is not really the same as getting a 30 on the ACT. The best thing you can do is take one of our comparative practice tests to help determine which is the right test for you. But if you must know what that 1750 "would be" on the ACT, here you go...

The first table compares your score on just the critical reading and math sections of the SAT to you total ACT composite score.

But what about the writing section, you say? Well, the ACT writing section is optional -- so the second table compares your SAT writing score to the ACT combined English/Writing score.

See why it's not quite as easy as "a 30 is a 2,000?"

Data from CollegeBoard.org and ACT.org.

SAT® Scores: What Colleges Expect

College acceptance is a mix of test scores, GPA, application essay, letters of recommendation and meaningful extracurricular activities. As a result, there's no easy answer which schools a specific score will get you into. More often, there are ranges, as shown in the chart of selected schools below. Don't worry, it looks complicated, but it's not. The 25th percentile number simply means 75% of students enrolled (not just those who applied) got greater than that score. The 75th percentile number means 25% of students enrolled got greater than that score. These ranges are key to understanding which schools will be a reach, a match or a safety for you. If your scores are below the 25th percentile for a given school, you might consider it a reach. That doesn't mean you won't get in; after all, 25% of enrolled students got in with lower numbers.

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics; updated May, 2011.

ACT® Scores: What Colleges Expect

College acceptance is a mix of test scores, GPA, application essay, letters of recommendation and meaningful extracurricular activities. As a result, there's no easy answer which schools a specific score will get you into. More often, there are ranges, as shown in the chart of selected schools below. Don't worry, it looks complicated, but it's not. The 25th percentile number simply means 75% of students enrolled (not just those who applied) got greater than that score. The 75th percentile number means 25% of students enrolled got greater than that score. These ranges are key to understanding which schools will be a reach, a match or a safety for you. If your scores are below the 25th percentile for a given school, you might consider it a reach. That doesn't mean you won't get in; after all, 25% of enrolled students got in with lower numbers.

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics; updated May, 2011.

GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive standardized test in mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into graduate business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.) throughout the world. It is delivered via computer at various locations around the world. In those international locations where an extensive network of computers has not yet been established, the GMAT is offered either at temporary computer-based testing centers on a limited schedule or as a paper-based test (given once or twice a year) at local testing centers. 

The exam is intended to measure verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that the examinee has developed over a long period of time in his or her education and work; test takers answer questions in each of these three areas. In general, the test takes about four hours to complete. 

Although GMAC will supply scores from as long ago as ten years, unless more recent ones are available, most schools do not accept scores from more than five years ago. 

The maximum score that can be achieved on the exam is 800. Over the 3 years concluding in March 2011, the mean score has been 542.3. 

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is the first section of the test. This is followed by the Quantitative section, and the test concludes with the Verbal Ability section. 

GRE

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries and for English-taught graduate and business programs world-wide. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based, computer adaptive exam administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. 

In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor. 

LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for prospective law school candidates, the LSAT is designed to assess reading comprehension, logical, and verbal reasoning proficiencies. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada (common law programs only), Australia, and a growing number of other countries. An applicant cannot take the LSAT more than three times within a two-year period. 

The test has existed in some form since 1948, when it was created to give law schools a standardized way to assess applicants aside from GPA. The current form of the exam has been used since 1991. The exam has six total sections: four scored multiple choice sections, an unscored experimental section, and an unscored writing section. Raw scores are converted to a scaled score with a high of 180, a low of 120, and a median score around 150. When an applicant applies to a law school, all scores from the past five years are reported. 

Colleges and Universities

In recent years, students that have gotten academic, ACT/SAT, and college counseling from Mulholland Prep have gone on to the following colleges and universities: 

In California:

UC Berkeley
UCLA
UC Santa Barbara
UC Davis
UC San Diego
Stanford
Santa Clara
St. Mary's
USC
Occidental
Pomona College
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont McKenna College
Loyola Marymount University
Whittier College
Chapman University
University of the Pacific
Pepperdine
University of San Diego
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Outside of California:

Harvard
Princeton
Brown
Columbia
Penn
Dartmouth
Cornell
Duke
California Polytechnic Institute
Washington University St Louis
University of Chicago
Rhode Island School of Design
St. Andrews
Northwestern
Rice
Vanderbilt
Emory
Elon
Tufts
BC
BU
Brandeis
Williams
Amherst
Swarthmore
Kenyon
Oberlin
Middlebury
NYU
Georgia Tech
Northeastern
GW
American
University of Texas
Georgia Tech
University of South Carolina
University of Arizona
University of Washington
University of Oregon
Lewis and Clark
Willamette
Reed College
Arizona State University
University of Portland
University of Denver
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Virginia
University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin
 

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Free SAT Diagnostic Exam

Take a free SAT diagnostic exam and get $100 toward our signature prep course 24 Hours to a 2400...

We're now taking sign-ups for the year ahead! For any student planning to take the SAT this coming year, this is the perfect opportunity to practice taking the full exam in a testing environment. And if you aren't planning to take the SAT but know someone who is, refer a friend and get $100 credit to use towards another course, private tutoring, college counseling sessions, or any combination thereof. (Make sure your friends know to tell us you sent them so we can credit you accordingly!)

The practice test is totally, completely, 100% FREE. Here are the details:

  • Simply sign up and show up. Mulholland Prep will proctor and score all exams. Then we'll send you a detailed report.

  • Any student who takes the practice test will also get $100 toward Mulholland Prep's SAT class 24 Hours to a 2400. There's no obligation to enroll in the class. If you just want to come take the diagnostic, feel free. (We don't believe in gimmicks; we just want you to ace this exam.)

  • The test runs 3 hours, 45 minutes and will begin at 9 AM on the Saturday you sign up for.

Space is almost always an issue, so make sure to reserve your seat today. When you sign up, we'll send you an email with details about the test day (address, what to bring, all that good stuff). See you soon!

 

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