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July 5, 2011 > Local graduates return to boost SAT scores

Local graduates return to boost SAT scores

Submitted By Emily Loh

Most college students come home for the summer to a lifeguarding or caddy job. Some work at coffee shops or restaurants, or retail. Others help out in the family business. UC Berkeley students Jason Lim and Emily Loh are back in town trying their hands at something new and challenging. They are currently in charge of their own branch of Ivy Insiders, a company that hires undergraduates at top institutions in the U.S., and gives them the means to open their own SAT-prep businesses in their hometowns.

Lim, an Economics major at University of California, Berkeley and American High School alumnus was first introduced to Ivy Insiders early this year through his school's Career Services Department. What caught Lim's eye about Ivy Insiders was the real world marketing and teaching experience it provided.

Founded in 2003 by Harvard graduates, Ivy Insiders is revolutionizing the SAT-prep class industry with its belief that the best way to cope with standardized tests is to learn from the same students who succeeded only a few years ago. On average, branch managers have scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, and boast an average score of 2290 on the test.

"I know what it's like to be intimidated by the SAT exam and by college admissions. I want to motivate students to higher scores as well as teach them that great scores and amazing colleges are absolutely within their reach," says Emily Loh.

Loh is currently majoring in both history and political economy at the UC Berkeley, making the Dean's List in her very first semester while staying committed to community service and social justice. She will be teaching summer courses in Fremont in July.

Prospective students can contact Emily Loh about SAT test prep summer programs at

Editor's Note: The Ivy Insiders Program charges a fee of $599 for a 3-week class with discount codes and financial aid scholarships for students who qualify. Throughout the summer, free practice exams are being offered with free 1-hour consultations for students who might not have the means to take the class. Classes will be held in an office space on Warm Springs Blvd in Fremont.

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