Tests We Teach


Middle School Achievement

  • ERBs / CTP4

  • ISEE

  • Regents

  • Mark Twain Test

  • Hunter Test

  • Terra Nova

High School Admissions


  • SSAT

  • ISEE

  • Bard Assessment

  • TACHS / Catholic School Admissions

College Admissions

  • SAT

  • ACT

  • SAT Subject Tests

  • AP Exams

Our Services

Our services

City Smarts offers a range of high-quality test prep solutions that fit different needs and price-points. After doing some research, many parents opt to combine several of our services and build an individualized test-prep plan that fits the needs of their child.

Private Tutoring – Since 2007, City Smarts has specialized in in-home private tutoring. We have curated an astounding team of test-prep tutors who bring their own unique philosophies to the process of learning. We have tutors knowledgeable in most standardized tests and can accommodate a wide-range of special needs and gifted/talented test takers.

In-Home Small Group Tutoring – We work with parent groups to put together small groups for the Hunter Test, SHSAT, ISEE, SAT, and ACT. A well matched small group can offer similar benefits to private tutoring at a lower price point.

Workshops & Clinics – We run classes throughout the year at our Carroll Gardens Classroom (337 Smith) and Williamsburg HQ (240 Kent Ave). We cap our classes at 8 to 10 students to allow for individual support and guidance. In additional seasonal SAT and ACT classes, we offer yearly SHSAT, Hunter, and Bard workshops. Click here to learn more about our current class offerings.

Mock Tests – We proctor mock tests throughout the year at our Carroll Gardens Classroom. Whether students opt for private tutoring, small group tutoring, or class instruction, we strongly encourage them to weave mock testing into their prep. Our affordable mock testing program is open to all students, regardless of whether they are using City Smarts. Sign-up for a mock test.

In School Classes – City Smarts has partnered with schools throughout the city to administer exceptional in-school test prep programs. If you’re a school administrator, PTA member, or an enthusiastic parent interested in bringing City Smarts to your school, give us a call!

Why City Smarts?

why city smarts TEST PREP? 


City Smarts test prep is more affordable than self-described "elite" agencies, far more individualized than budget options, and 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 child succeed. 



In addition to private and small-group test prep, City Smarts offers a variety of workshop-size classes at our Carroll Gardens space (337 Smith St.). Taught by top City Smarts instructors, these classes are a great supplement or alternative to private prep. Click here to see our current offerings,