College Admissions Consulting

Our Philosophy on College Admissions

At 17, I had my heart set on attending Cornell, convinced that getting in would make everything in my life perfect. Despite my rocky academic start with Cs until halfway through 10th grade, I realized the importance of my grades, worked tirelessly to improve, and took AP classes.

However, it wasn’t enough for Cornell. I wasn’t accepted. But I did receive an offer of guaranteed acceptance if I maintained a 3.2 GPA at any other college for my first year. I ended up choosing Ursinus College, far from a name brand school, but the school that offered the most financial aid.

But then, something unexpected happened. By the time I was eligible to transfer to Cornell, I had fallen in love with Ursinus, the friends I made, and the sense of community I found.

Looking back, I realize Cornell might not have been the best fit for me. In fact, at Ursinus, I met a professor who encouraged me to become a Chemistry tutor, which eventually led to test prep tutoring and the creation of Critical Point Test Prep, the highest-rated test prep, tutoring, and college admissions company on the Main Line.

My journey taught me that the most important aspect of college isn’t the prestige but finding the right fit. That’s our philosophy at Critical Point. We’re dedicated to helping students find the best fit college through Test Prep, Academic Tutoring, and College Consulting, ensuring they thrive in the right environment and achieve their full potential.

Andre Kiss
President & Founder

How we can help

What makes for the perfect essay?

Quality #1

The Perfect Topic

This is an essay’s foundation. You can write the most well-written narrative ever, but if you land on the wrong topic, it will fall flat. Students should write about themselves (not grandma, their best friend, or their hero) and present themselves as likable and interesting. Want to know some of the biggest mistakes and bad topics students choose? We wrote a nice blog article for you.

Spoiler Alert: you probably want to avoid sports essays!

Quality #2

Painting a Picture

We weren’t there for your horrible experience at summer camp. What was the temperature like? Was it cloudy or sunny? Was there an earthy smell from the damp soil that hovered in the air?

Painting a picture for the reader is one of the the things that all great writers do. We’ll help your child write in a way that paints a picture in the mind’s eye of the reader, while maintaining their unique voice.

Quality #3

Demonstrating Growth

Remember when you were 17 and thought you had life all figured out? We do too.

By showing admissions counselors that you’ve grown as a person and that you’re open to your continued growth, you show them that you’ll bring maturity and humility to their campus come fall.

Do you write students’ essays for them?

We do not. Not only would that be unethical, but it would rob from students the satisfaction and introspection that they would gain from going through the essay process themselves.

However, what we do provide is a process, from brainstorming to putting on the final touches of the essay, that helps students craft a captivating essay that complements the other aspects of their application.

We do this by asking the right questions to discover the perfect topic, guiding students to write with detail and intrigue, organizing that story, and proofreading and providing grammatical edits.

Our Students Get Accepted

Our students rock! Here is just a small sampling of the schools they’ve been accepted to.

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How else can we support your child?

Test Preparation

Expert SAT and ACT Tutoring for your child to get them one step closer to their top-choice college.

Academic Tutoring

GPA is still the most important factor in the college admissions process, and we can help get it where it needs to be.

Study Skills

So many students’ grades suffer, not because they can’t understand the material, but because they simply don’t know how to study. We can help.

Many of our students attend…

Conestoga High School

Radnor High School

Great Valley High School

Malvern Prep

St. Joe’s Prep

The Haverford School

Lower Merion High School

Marple Newtown High School

Upper Merion High School

Princeton High School

The Agnes Irwin School

The Shipley School

Baldwin School for Girls

Moorestown Friends School

Villa Maria Academy