About Our Tutors | Philosophy and Promises
Brian and Silvia Eufinger, the founders of Edison Prep, have tutored over 8,500 students for a combined 20,000+ hours for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GMAT, SSAT, and SAT Subject Tests.
Personal Test Experience:
In High School: Top 1% scores on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT
Present-Day: We both still take the SAT and ACT multiple times each year to keep current, and score in the top 1% (usually top 0.3%) each time, a unique attribute among Atlanta tutors. The most recent scores include 2360, 2350, and the only back-to-back-to-back perfect 36's on the ACT in history. Many tutoring companies simply require tutors to have top 9-18% scores or administer their own certification exams (or no requirement at all). We highly encourage all parents to ask for proof of recent, official high scores from any tutor they are considering (not scores from the Reagan Administration), especially given that over 98% of tutors out there have never taken the New SAT that debuted in March 2016. In 9 years, we've never actually encountered a single other tutor when we've been taking the real test...ever. Accountants and other professionals keep current with continuing education each year; tutors who are professionals should be no different!
Brian took the GMAT (MBA admissions exam) for fun in 2010 and earned a 750 (top 1.1%).
Student Success (Results):
Since Edison Prep's inception, Brian and Silvia's individual and group students have had an overall average SAT increase of over 280 points (Old SAT) and an overall ACT increase average of over 3.5 points. Over 150 students have increased over 450 SAT points (Old SAT) or 7+ ACT points. From 2011-Spring 2014, over 40% of our Old SAT students finished with a 2000+, or a top 7% score, and over half of our ACT students ended with a 30+ (top 7% score). For a full summary of our students' performance, click here. Over 250 of our students have even improved so much that we had to buy them dinner. We've been invited by school districts to conduct out-of-state ACT/SAT bootcamps, and approximately 1/5 of our ACT Bootcamp students actually travel from other states to attend!
We have tutored students all across Atlanta with starting scores as low as triple 300’s and as high as triple 730’s, and everything in between. We are happy to take a top 1% student further into the top 1%; we also have experience with students who have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. Whether for admission purposes, scholarship purposes, or both, our students and their parents have found extreme value in SAT/ACT tutoring. Click here to see why.
For the 2009-2010 academic year, only 87 students in Georgia achieved a 35 or 36 on the ACT; 7% of these were our students, despite the fact that we only tutored less than 0.1% of the Georgians who took the exam. We have also tutored at least one of Georgia's perfect 36's the last eight years running (there are usually only about 15 per year).
Brian and Silvia applied to top tier schools and were admitted to many universities, some of which include: Stanford, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Washington U. (St. Louis), Georgetown, Rice, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon, and Tulane.
They won over $1.2 million in merit scholarship money from the schools they applied to, as well as external awards such as the National Merit scholarship. Winning scholarship money to pay their way through school was vital, and their personal experience navigating the tough waters of admissions and scholarship applications has given them a solid foundation in college admissions advising.
Today, they are frequently invited to speak about test prep, college admissions, and scholarships at PTSA meetings at Atlanta-area high schools as well as Edison Prep's free parent meetings.
Edison Prep’s Mantra:
Practice makes perfect. Your experience with concepts from practice tests will help you stay cool, calm and collected during the real thing. If you hit a bad patch of questions, don't stress and just re-focus. Remember: students who miss over a dozen questions can still score in the top 2%.
Where have our students gone to college? Click here for a partial list.
For information on our philosophy and our promises to you, please click here.