why city smarts TEST PREP? 

City Smarts test prep more affordable than self-described "elite" agencies, far more individualized than budget options, and radically more effective than corporate programs (they start with a "K" and a "P") or online courses. In fact, we're pretty sure our approach to test prep is the best in town.

It all starts with our tutors. We have cultivated a small team of highly effective educators who bring their own point of view to the learning process. We then work with each family to find the tutor pairing that works. We just don't believe in one-size-fits-all.

Once tutoring begins, we work closely with our team to monitor progress and milestones, and throughout prep, we offer periodic mock-tests in a real classroom setting, using the diagnostic results to gauge strengths and weaknesses. 

Finally, we provide each family ultra-personal guidance culled from decades of experience navigating the NYC and college admissions process. Whether the aim is Stuyvesant, Poly Prep, Dartmouth, or SUNY, we have the expertise to help your son or daughter succeed. 



Here are the tests we teach

Middle School Achievement

  • ERBs
  • ISEE
  • Regents 
  • Mark Twain Test


High School Admissions

  • SSAT
  • ISEE
  • Bard Assessment
  • Hunter Test 
  • TACH / Catholic School Admissions 


College Admissions

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • AP Exams
In addition to private in-home tutoring, we offer ISEE/SHSAT small groups, test-prep workshops, and in-school classes. We have tutors knowledgeable in most standardized tests and can accommodate a wide-range of special needs and gifted/talented test takers. The best way to learn more about our program is to give us a call!