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Elizabeth King is a globally recognized leader in test prep. She is the author of Outsmarting the SAT (‘08) and Acing the ACT (‘15), both at Ten Speed Press, and she and her team prep students worldwide for the SAT, ACT, and GRE

With two decades’ tutoring experience, Elizabeth has been lead tutor with several elite educational consultancies in New York and south Florida. For the last ten years she has taught exclusively online, catering to a discerning global clientele from Korea to Kuwait and Toronto to Buenos Aires. She frequently appears in the media, notably in the New York Times and on the UPenn Dean of Admissions’ Sirius XM Radio Show. 

Elizabeth customizes her proprietary methods to students across the educational spectrum, and she has special expertise in working with students with learning differences like ADHD, working memory issues, giftedness, and even post-concussive disorder. 

Operating with the utmost integrity, Elizabeth and her team are committed to coaching the whole student, yielding self-confident, enthusiastic college applicants with consistently incredible score gains. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, but you can find her at elizabethonline.com.


Mena Pirone is an LSAT (Law School Admission Test) expert, a logic games specialist, and the creator of the innovative Logic Games Pro™ Method. She completed her undergraduate education at Brandeis University, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Sociology and Chinese Language.

After scoring in the top 1% on her LSAT, she attended Harvard Law School, rejecting offers from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia Law. She worked as an intellectual property litigator for several years before turning her full attention to LSAT teaching and hasn’t looked back since.

Mena has been teaching and tutoring for over 10 years. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the test prep industry such as Kaplan and PowerScore and has presented seminars to aspiring lawyers at universities across the country. 

Mena lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her supportive boyfriend and her senior dog Pepper. Her hobbies include traveling (she has visited 35+ countries), language learning (she speaks seven so far), pub trivia, and Renaissance art and history.

You can find her at www.logicgamespro.com


Bronte D’Aquisto: After graduating from SDSU in 2012, Bronte accepted a job as an ACT/SAT instructor. She quickly realized the characteristics she always knew she had – the ability to be meticulous and thorough, a passion for problem solving and puzzles, an inherited drive to organize information – worked seamlessly together with every standardized test question she took on.

She is now entering her 7th year in the test-prep industry and has worked with students all over the globe helping them reach their SAT, ACT, and GRE goals. Along with teaching classes and providing one-on-one test prep, Bronte has a published course on Udemy and hopes this will be one of many to come. 

Bronte’s strength is providing students with clear verbal and written instruction in order to ensure they master test content and then strategy. She loves training students to maneuver through standardized tests efficiently, using their critical thinking abilities to initiate time saving tactics. 

Bronte has recently launched her very own test prep company, BD Prep! She is excited to continue to work with those preparing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. Bronte believes the skills required in order to succeed on these exams are skills that can be used not only in academia but in the workplace.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn or by visiting her website.


A graduate of Harvard Law School, Drew Thornley is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Previously, he spent almost six years as a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

He is the founder of PreLawCoach, which offers a range of pre-law services, including LSAT tutoring, admissions advising, & law-school-preparedness coaching.

He is also the co-founder of Law School Savvy, an annual three-day seminar in Austin, Texas, for incoming law school students, which teaches practical tools for law-school success. 


Michael Foster graduated from Rice University in May 2018 with three majors: Economics, Managerial Studies, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Originally scoring a 509 (79th percentile) on the MCAT, Michael studied effectively to raise his score to a 519 (97th percentile).

His articles about the MCAT reference the mistakes he made the first time around and what he learned for his retake.

Eager to help other students reach similar success, Michael has been working as an MCAT tutor and course instructor.

He is currently applying to medical school for fall 2020 matriculation.


Jaynell Mcentee has over 10 years of scoring experience with the SAT writing portion.

She graduated from Corban University with degrees in both English and Language Arts Education.

Teaching and preparing students for their best future has always been her passion. She has taught high school English and College Prep Writing classes for several years. Her current teaching assignment is in the middle level where she pushes her students to prepare now for life beyond school.

A few of her favorite things are coffee, yoga, running, books, and writing. Her absolute favorite job is being mom to four future SAT ace-ers. She lives in Idaho with these four amazing kids, her best friend and husband, Paul, and their dog, Daisy.


Freya Shipley: As a student, Freya achieved perfect verbal scores on the SAT and the GRE. She has been teaching and tutoring students for the SAT, ACT, GRE, SAT Subject Test in Literature, and SSAT since 2005. She has also taught academic writing, Shakespeare, public speaking, and stage acting in the UK and the US.

Freya has a BA Cum Laude in comparative literature from UC Santa Cruz and a graduate degree in early modern British history from St. Andrews University in Scotland.

She also has an extensive background in linguistics, particularly phonetics and historical sociolinguistics. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Narratively, Glamour, Writers Weekly, and on the websites of many health professionals and organizations.


Travis Morgan has assisted thousands of applicants since 2007 as an elite GMAT preparation instructor, MBA admissions consultant, and former director of the largest and highest-rated team of MBA admissions experts in the world.

In 2011, he was awarded the Veritas Prep Worldwide Instructor of the Year.

An alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, he is the founder and CEO of MBA Whisperer.