How it all started

A letter from our president

Like most students, I absolutely detested the SATs and ACTs back in high school— the tests gave me a lot of anxiety. I was always told I was bright and I did well in school, but the thought of not doing well on the test terrified me.

What would the other kids at school think of me? What would my parents think of me? Worst of all, what would I think of me? What if I’m not as smart as I thought I was?

At the end of the day, though, I had to suck it up and see how the cookie would crumble.

My test prep consisted of my mom dropping me off at Barnes and Noble and sitting at the cafe for three hours at a time with my blank notebook completing practice tests from the prep books they had in stock. Finally, I took the test and after the longest three weeks of my life, I received my results.

I missed the mark. While my scores were okay, I knew I was capable of better.

After graduating college a couple of years later, something weird happened. I started working as a test prep tutor. And I loved it. I immersed myself in the tests— I took every test that was available, learned all of the strategies, and filled in all of my conceptual gaps. I even started sitting for the official tests myself, and, to my surprise, I scored near-perfect on the SAT and the ACT.

How could it be? How was it that after I struggled so much with the test in high school I was now doing so well?

I realized that after working for several SAT tutoring companies big and small and helping hundreds of students, I now had the strategies, the concepts, and more importantly the confidence to score highly on the test. With the right concepts, strategies, and mindset, any student could score highly on these tests.

I started Critical Point Test Prep because I know what it’s like to struggle to increase my scores, and I’ve made it my mission ever since to give every student the skills they need to succeed on these tests.

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Andre Kiss
President, Founder

Our Team

Roger Cheng

Math Specialist

Most of us thought we were pretty bright until we met Roger. A former professor from the “MIT” of Hong Kong, Roger has his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, has coauthored more than 150 papers, and holds more than 25 patents. He assists students with any math, from pre-algebra to college level math, and helps students with physics and engineering as well.

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Willie Swei

Associate Instructor

Highest Scores: SAT – 1550 ACT – 36

When his high school ran out of math classes for him to take, Willie took Discrete Math at Ursinus College, where he met his fellow tutor teaching the class, Nick Scoville. That’s how Willie was introduced to us. When not helping students master the SAT or ACT, Willie can be found cooking a life-changing Korean short rib or Oyakodon.

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SAT Tutor Jason Getchell

Jason Getchell

Associate Instructor

Highest Scores: SAT – 1560 ACT – 36

Jason is working towards his B.S.Ed. in Physics at West Chester University and loves taking students’ scores to the next level on the SAT and ACT. When he’s not tutoring, he spends his free time as a Student Ministry Intern at Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA. Jason‘s goal is to give students the knowledge and the confidence to succeed!

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SAT Tutor Nick Scoville

Nick Scoville

Associate Instructor

Highest Scores: SAT – 1550 ACT – 34

After receiving his PhD from Dartmouth College in Mathematics, Nick joined the faculty at Ursinus College where he chairs the Department of Mathematics. Nick loves to cook Indian food and BBQ, play ragtime piano, and keep up with his 5 daughters.

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Andre Kiss SAT Tutor

Andre Kiss

Founder, President

Highest Scores: SAT – 1590 ACT – 36

Andre Kiss started Critical Point Test Prep 7 years ago, after falling in love with helping students reach their potential on the SAT and ACT. He graduated from Ursinus College Summa Cum Laude and shortly thereafter spent 9 months in the Amazon region of Brazil on a Fulbright Scholarship from the US Department of State. He has a Border Collie named Harambe who loves to play frisbee!

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SAT Tutor Jason Getchell

Harambe Kiss

Tutor-in-training, Critical Point Test Prep

A very good boy, Harambe loves to play frisbee and will never say no to a game of tug. He has learned sit, down, stay, roll over, and various other commands, but continues to have difficulty grasping quadratic functions and trigonometry.

Highest Scores: SAT – n/a ACT – n/a

We get results.

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Nick Scoville at Critical Point did a fantastic job preparing my son for the SAT. My son’s content knowledge, test taking skills, and confidence increased consistently throughout the program. I highly recommend you give owner Andre Kiss a call. When he described the program to me, I knew it was the best place for my son. Money well spent.
Lori Marx
Lori Marx
January 3, 2021.
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Great experience with Critical Point Test Prep! Jason Getchell was an excellent tutor for my daughter's ACT. He has a wonderful rapport with students and provides outstanding guidance.
Merrilee Johnstone
Merrilee Johnstone
November 23, 2020.
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I had a great experience! The practice tests and one-on-one tutoring significantly improved my test scores. My tutor Jason was incredibly helpful and answered all my questions and gave me tons of helpful tips!
Katie Johnstone
Katie Johnstone
November 17, 2020.
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I can't thank all the qualified people at Critical Point Test Prep enough. The techniques and strategies taught were extremely helpful. My son was able to score 200 points higher, which gave him the opportunity to apply to many more colleges. They really do want their students to succeed.
Anne Storz
Anne Storz
November 14, 2020.
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I have twins at Radnor high school applying to college this year. They had tried another local test prep service over the summer before their junior year which frankly was expensive and not helpful at all. Fortunately a friend told us about their experience with Critical Point and we tried them out. Both girls had a great experience with their tutor, raising their ACT score and, more importantly, learning much better study habits. Their tutor had a great attitude and adjusted his style to each girl addressing their specific needs. I highly recommend critical point test prep. Especially in this time of corona where everything is so uncertain, you need a strong calming presence for the testing portion!
Ainlay Dixon
Ainlay Dixon
November 11, 2020.
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Andre helped me a lot and I was able to improve my score by almost 200 points! Highly recommend for anyone who is trying to improve apon a previous SAT or PSAT score.
Ben Storz
Ben Storz
October 19, 2020.
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Critical Point is absolutely FANTASTIC! This is not just a "tutoring center". They have a very sophisticated process to provide one on one guidance and feedback specific to your student. I was so impressed to see the metrics they use to determine areas that need improvement. Then they provide additional homework and coaching. My student was a terrible test taker, and they gave her the confidence and skills to ace her SAT the very first time. I HIGHLY recommend them!!
Lisa Breck
Lisa Breck
October 9, 2020.
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I was tutored by this amazing team and they really helped me drastically improve my SAT score! I would recommend Critical Point Test Prep to anyone! All of the tutors are extremely nice and very helpful! 11/10 would recommend!
Payton Breck
Payton Breck
October 9, 2020.
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Fantastic tutoring center! They push their students to do better, and kept me on track during quarantine. I would not be where I'm at if it wasn't for Critical Point Test Prep! I would definitely recommend to any students interested in increasing their scores!
Navi Singh
Navi Singh
September 24, 2020.
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Andre does a great job of keeping the student focused on what areas you are lacking in, and helps you identify a genre for all your flaws to practice them. Additionally, his way of simplifying things with extremely simple examples of complicated questions helps the student really focus on the process of solving the problem. I did Andre for a year as a student and my SAT improved over 100 points between just my PSAT and my first SAT.
Charlie Bernicker
Charlie Bernicker
September 23, 2020.


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