Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Guy Who Tutors Kids on Skype for $1,000 an Hour

By Caroline Moss

Every morning, Anthony Green wakes up in his Manhattan apartment and walks around the block to get a cup of coffee and maybe an omelet from the diner he tells me makes the "best in the East Village, maybe even New York."
Then from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., he's sitting at his kitchen table in front of a computer, helping high school kids master the verbal and mathematical skills they'll need if they want a shot at being admitted to the country's best colleges.

Green is one of the premier SAT and ACT tutors in New York. His company, Test Prep Authority, serves some of the richest kids in America. Using a student's PSAT — the practice exam — as a benchmark, Green promises he can help raise scores an average of 430 points on the SAT (and 7.8 points on the ACT), "higher than any other tutor, class, or program in the country," according to his website.

That promise seems to be enough for his well-heeled clientele. And for this very small but wealthy minority, money is truly no object. Green charges $1,500 for 90 minutes of one-on-one tutoring, and he insists on a minimum of 14 90-minute sessions with very rare exceptions.

What's more, the sessions happen exclusively over Skype. Green's pupils have never stepped foot inside of his eclectically decorated townhouse.

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1 comment:

  1. I was a bit confused as to why you posted this until I got to this, and then it made sense. Good for him!

    The SAT "is a blatant class indicator," Green tells me. "The entire system of standardized tests and higher education is completely ridiculous and ludicrous. But colleges haven't found any other way to objectively evaluate the merits of a student. You have thousands of students applying to your school — there has to be a way to compare them to one another in terms of math and language and writing skill."