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Alicia Carpenter

B.A. International Studies and Foreign Languages, M.F.A. in Theater Education

Subjects:
ACT, SAT, SSAT/ISEE/SHSAT

Alicia began tutoring in 2006 while earning her undergraduate degree in International Studies (with a focus on History and Economics) and Foreign Languages (French and Spanish). She turned down her admission at Yale in favor of a full President's Scholarship at SMU, and found rich academic and community fulfillment. First tutoring AP-Level English, US and World History, French, and Writing, she had the opportunity to study and teach standardized test preparation. As a strong test-taker and initial non-believer in test prep, she was shocked at how much her students were able to improve with a focused, customized approach to test preparation based on the students' individual responses to the test. Alicia became passionate about optimizing the test preparation process, developing an extremely efficient and holistic approach. She continued development of pedagogy, curriculum, and best practices while earning her Master's Degree in Theater Education, developing her own tutoring and test prep company while studying the integration of creative processes, communication, and learning.

When she moved to New York seven years ago, Alicia became the head of a top NYC test preparation company, using her comprehensive knowledge of the learning and test preparation process to help students in New York and Westchester's best schools achieve their goals. From helping a student with learning differences dramatically improve her writing enough to be invited to be an honors English mentor, to boosting students' ISEE/SSAT, SAT/ACT & GMAT/GRE test scores into the highest percentiles for admission into elite prep schools, universities, and graduate programs, to helping students of all levels achieve top standing in their academic classes, Alicia has found great fulfillment in helping each student develop to their fullest potential. By joining the team at Forum four years ago, Alicia has been thrilled to focus on what she loves best: providing the highest level of service directly to her students and their families. She has authored several guides and articles for Forum outlining techniques for standardized testing, and she also specializes in helping students apply for accommodations for learning differences and use them strategically. She has become an expert in the field of test prep, and her students are achieving remarkable gains while engaging in (and actually enjoying!) an efficient and impactful prep process.

When she is not tutoring or providing educational consultation, Alicia enjoys working as a freelance prop designer on and off Broadway, cooking, exploring NYC's amazing art scene, and spending quality time with her husband Adam and her baby son, Kieran :-)

Awards:
President's Scholar (SMU)