SAT and ACT Prep in Sugar Land, Texas


An Approach that Addresses Your Child’s Specific Test Prep Needs

Standardized tests are a permanent fixture of college applications, and are used to determine which students get admitted, which of those students are considered for honors colleges and advanced programs, and how much merit aid students are awarded. With so much riding on a single score, you want your child as well-prepared as possible before they sit down to take the test.

Ivy Scholars delivers exceptional Test Prep results. During our 2020 SAT summer workshops, our students improved by an average of 180 points, raising them from the top 16% to the top 3%. This is a much larger improvement than that of many other test prep companies. Unlike other forms of education, Test Prep requires bespoke instruction. Many other companies offer a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t maximize student outcomes.

At Ivy Scholars, our Test Prep lessons are formulated to identify and improve upon your student’s specific weaknesses. While we’re not the cheapest standardized test prep option, we deliver the best results. Here’s how we do it:

The Ivy Scholars Way

Identify Strengths and Weaknesses

First, we work with your student to quantify their strengths and weaknesses. This is possible thanks to one of our partner companies – Test Innovators – who use a proprietary data analytics platform that provides unique insights into standardized testing. By knowing where and how each student struggles, we’re able to precisely modify our curriculum to suit their needs.

One-to-One SAT & ACT Tutoring

Next, your student works with their mentor to develop an understanding of the subjects they struggled with on the quantitative assessment. Our mentors are standardized testing masters. In fact, our department head Alex Nelson scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT and a 36 on the ACT. He knows every subject on these tests like the back of his hand, and all our mentors are similarly equipped to guide students through the tests.


Finally, we create a practice test schedule for your student and guide them through it. As they do these tests, they will be constructing a failure log: this is a compilation of every question they missed. Although this is time consuming, our experience has proven that this trick is critical to the success of your student in their Test Prep journey, as it allows us to track students’ improvements, struggles, and successes, so we can adjust our focus as needed.

How We Achieve Our Industry-Leading Results

Proprietary Curriculum

We're experts in the New SAT, and have revised and updated our proprietary curriculum for the recent changes.

Program Oversight

Your Program Manager will monitor your child's progress and, if necessary, work with you and your SAT tutor to make adjustments.

Exceptional SAT Tutors in Sugar Land, Texas

We're extremely selective for intellect and teaching ability, and unlike many other companies, we provide comprehensive training.

Matching Process

We'll work with you to find the right tutor match: someone who can explain difficult concepts and motivate your child.

Practice with Real SATs

Practice and familiarity are essential to earning a stronger
score, so we provide a minimum of three full-length Practice SATs.

Meet Your Instructor: Alex Nelson

The Ivy Scholars test prep boot camp is taught by Alex Nelson, Houston’s premier test prep expert.

Alex scored a perfect 1600 himself in high school, was a National Merit Scholar, and with over 10,000 hours of SAT and ACT teaching under his belt, he has the experience necessary to put students on the path to conquering the test.

Before each class, Alex spends hours reviewing every student’s homework to create a lesson plan that is truly targeted at the issues the class most needs to address on that day.

With his extensive experience, preparation, and sheer passion for demystifying the test, Alex gives students the mental tools and shortcuts to take them to the heart of each question and learn from their mistakes.

Alex Nelson - College Admissions Mentor
Alex Nelson, Director of Test Prep

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation with Alex Nelson

Before scheduling, please fill out the two intake forms below. Parents fill out the Parent Intake Form; Students fill out the Student Intake Form. Both need to be completed before you schedule a complimentary consultation. After completing the intake forms, please choose an appointment time below, enter your information, and start your journey to better test scores.

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Wendy Y.
Below is my son's review. He was accepted to his dream Ivy League school!

From an admitted student's perspective, I am incredibly grateful to have met Sasha - he has been instrumental in helping me achieve my educational dreams (Ivy League), all while being an absolute joy (he's a walking encyclopedia, only funnier!) to work with.

Many people are dissuaded from seeking a college counselor because they think they can get into their desired college(s) either way. Honestly, going that route is a bit short-sighted and can jeopardize your odds of acceptances after years of hard work. The sad truth is, the American education system (even if you attend a fancy private school and ESPECIALLY if you go to a public school) doesn't really tell students how to write a compelling and authentic application. Going into the admissions process alone, without speaking with an advisor, is like going to court without a lawyer - you put yourself at a significant disadvantage because you don't have all the facts in front of you, or the help you need to negotiate the system.

That said, you need a good lawyer just like you need a good college counselor. And that's where Sasha distinguishes himself from the crowd of people claiming they'll get you into Harvard. I came to Sasha worried about and frankly dumbfounded by the college admissions process. I was unsure what to write about and how to go about drafting the essay that perfectly captured my passion, interests, and self. And I was highly skeptical that anyone could really help me. But, damn, did Sasha prove me wrong. From the beginning, Sasha amazed me with his understanding of the process, and ability to lend clarity and direction to me when I desperate needed it. After interviewing me about my background, experiences, activities, outlook, and vision, he helped me see qualities about myself I had not previously considered 'unique' or 'stand-out.' This process of understanding myself was so incredibly important in laying the groundwork for the essays I eventually wrote, and I'm certain I would've drafted boring, inauthentic essays without it.

Looking back, Sasha's talent is that he can see where your strengths lie, even when you don't see them. The truth is, although we don't always realize it, everyone has a unique story to tell. Sasha helped me see mine, and with his big-picture insight I was able to write the application that truly encapsulated my life and vision. He inspired me to dig deeper and write better, challenging me to revise and revise until my essays were the most passionate and authentic work I had ever written. As clichéd as that sounds, that's really what universities are looking for. In retrospect, it makes sense - in the real world passionate (not simply intelligent) individuals are the ones who make a difference in the world, and those are the individuals colleges would like to have associated with their brand.

In the end, I was accepted to the college of my dreams, a feat I could not have achieved without the direction Sasha lent to me. Essays (and the personal narrative you develop through your application) matter so much, and can literally make or break your application. I have seen so many of my 'qualified' friends receive rejections because they wrote contrived essays that didn't truly represent who they were; conversely, I have also seen so many friends with shorter resumes accepted because they were able to articulate their story in a genuinely passionate and authentic way - I fall into the latter category.

As a former admissions officer at Johns Hopkins, Sasha knows what types of essays jibe well with universities, an invaluable asset to have in the admissions process. He is responsive, flexible, creative, positive, and witty. For anyone who is serious about going into the college admissions process informed and prepared, I highly recommend Sasha.
Arda E.
I used Ivy Scholars to mainly help me with college applications. Within weeks of using this service, Sasha was able to simplify the already complex process. When it came to writing the Common App essay, Sasha didn’t just help with grammar and syntax, he brought my essays to life. Sasha also worked tirelessly to help solidify my extracurricular activities, including research and internship opportunities. Without his help, I would have never had an impressive resume.

Sasha is not only an extremely knowledgeable tutor, but also a genuine brother figure. His guidance, throughout my last two years of high school, was everything I needed to get me an acceptance letter from my dream schools (UC Berkeley, Tufts, Emory).

When it came to testing, Ivy Scholars worked like a charm. Sasha offered a very comprehensive plan when it came to completely acing my standardized tests. Without his test taking strategies I would have never gotten straight 5s on my AP tests and a 35 on the ACT.

Working with Sasha, I didn’t just become a good student, I became a genuine scholar.
Samson S.
We worked with Ivy Scholars during my son's senior year. I was concerned that we may be too late to take advantage of college advising but the Ivy Scholars team quickly and confidently directed us through the steps to ensure no deadlines were missed. Sasha's knowledge about schools, what they looked for in candidates, and how to maneuver the application process was invaluable. Mateo and Ryan worked with my son to help him create an essay that would get noticed and I am so appreciative he had their guidance.

Prior to securing Ivy Scholars, we tried using a less-expensive online service which was a terrible experience. As a parent, Ivy Scholars brought peace of mind to an area that was frankly overwhelming. This service was invaluable in the knowledge that we gained throughout the process. He has also met with my freshman daughter to provide guidance for her high school courses, career paths, extracurricular activities, and more.

Prior to signing with Ivy Scholars, I tried a less expensive online service and was very disappointed.

As a result of our work with Ivy Scholars, I am pleased to say that my son will be attending Stern Business School at New York University this fall! I highly recommend Ivy Scholars. Highly recommend!