Berkeley² Academy Student
Melissa Khasbagan Testimonial
Melissa Khasbagan Testimonial
Lily Sun, Stanford University
Vivian Pham's Berkeley2 Academy Experience
Alex Chao's Berkeley2 Academy Experience
"What's so amazing about B2A is that they helped capture the essence of my personality, my grit, and my unique aspirations into compelling personal statements. I know for a fact that there were no other college essays like mine out there, which helped me stand out from the pack. B2A taught me how to craft refreshingly unique and powerful essays in a step by step, easy to follow, process, full of editing and re-writing dozens of drafts to create the best statement possible."
"Berkeley2 Academy was an incredible tool in guiding me in writing my essays. Their writing tips pushed me to search what qualities defined me and integrate these qualities throughout my essays and stories. With one-on-one mentorship, I felt comfortable with diving deep into my stories to write my essays and receiving constructive criticism. They showed me how to tie together my experiences and passions in a way that showed colleges exactly who I was in a unique way."
"One of the reasons I loved B2A’s Gateway program was that it offered me a counselor who worked with me one-on-one, learned my personality, and guided (though never forced) me through the application process. My counselor knew me well enough to tell me that certain phrases in my essays “weren’t Jason,” or that I needed to add a certain “Jason touch” to a paragraph or two."
Admitted to Harvard, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Brown. "Berkeley2 Academy has the wealth of resource. Through a little push, I increased my SAT scores allowing me to have a greater chance in being admitted to the Ivies. The counselors also helped me to be productive and to be on top of things, which was really helpful."
Texas Tech BSMD
“Early on, B2A’s sessions informed me of the competitiveness of BSMD programs and how I could make myself a strong candidate. B2A’s SAT and ACT prep classes were critical to my success in the standardized tests necessary to have a competitive application. The teaching and the environment which B2A immersed me in are unparalleled in their ability to push students academically."
“I really appreciate the instruction I received from the teachers at Berkeley2 Academy. The SAT prep classes, tutoring, and advice helped me in the college application process. I would recommend Berkeley2 Academy to students who want to achieve their academic goals.”
"Berkeley2 Academy's SAT prep and ACT prep programs do a really great job of consolidating what you need to know and what you need to do to score higher on the SAT and the ACT. The instructors are very nice and accommodating. They genuinely want their students to succeed and improve their SAT or ACT scores."
"At Berkeley2 Academy, I found myself surrounded by many other high-achieving students. The atmosphere in the SAT prep classes is very academically motivating, and although it can be intimidating, students should not be discouraged about their ability to achieve their academic goals. The staff is awesome at making sure students have all the necessary resources needed to succeed."
University of Rochester BSMD
"Berkeley2 Academy was incredibly helpful in both preparing me for the SAT and applying to colleges. In terms of preparing for the SAT, Berkeley is unlike any other SAT prep center because students are actually taught material on the SAT test rather than just testing strategies. We also get a ton of practice with previous tests, which is extremely helpful. In my opinion though, the most helpful thing that Berkeley offers is the Gateway Program, which helps students with college admissions."
"B2A provided me with invaluable support in eliminating those final, careless mistakes, allowing me to achieve the perfect score on the SAT, something I had dismissed as impossible. B2A SAT prep program's strength lies in its combination of skilled teachers, who are guided more by an understanding of the SAT test than by uninformed advice, a wealth of resources that helped me up until SAT test day, and an effective team that works tirelessly behind the scenes to maximize student's scores."
“One of the great things about Berkeley2 Academy is the attentiveness of all the teachers. They didn’t just give you packets and go over them on the board. If you had a weakness they would work with you on it. They also provided a lot of encouragement and they made the classes fun, which makes students want to learn more.”
Derrick N. - Class of 2014
Accepted into HARVARD UNIVERSITY. Attending UT DALLAS (McDermott Scholar): "It was very helpful toward tweaking and refining individual parts of each application, and provided me with a timeline to finish each item."
Damian C. - Class of 2014
Attending NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY: "It's not easy motivating a 17 year old boy and B2A had the right whips (and carrots) to keep him on task. Emily's attention to detail is one of the best I've ever seen. It was worth every penny."
Jerry T. - Class of 2014
Attending HARVARD COLLEGE: "Gateway was tremendously helpful in helping me create a polished application without losing my own personality in the process. The essay feedback was great in that my counselor and specialists guided my essays in the right direction..."
Nadia V. - Class of 2014
Accepted into UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHARTON BUSINESS SCHOOL. Attending UT Austin Business Honors Program: "For the inexperienced parents, [the Gateway Program] is great help. The program helped our daughter get organized, meet deadlines, improve her essays and resume."
Wesley N. - Class of 2014
Attending TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY: "Overall we are very happy with the help, especially the feedback we got for the essays."
Calvin G. - Class of 2014
Attending UT DALLAS - PACT BS/MD PROGRAM: "There was never a time where I felt unsure about what I was doing in the college app process, everything was broken down, and as a result I got amazing college decision results."
Susan C. - Class of 2011
Attending ST. LOUIS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY: "I improved in math, and I now know what to be aware of when taking the test. Also, I liked that I could be myself and be comfortable around students and teachers, and I didn't feel hesitant about asking questions."
The University of Texas at Austin
"I was amazed that I could improve so much! I loved the teachers and students here. Berkeley2 Academy was very helpful."
Helen L. - Class of 2012
Attending UC BERKELEY: "Without Emily's help, I would not have gotten into UC Berkeley. Thank you so much!"
Daniel K. - Class of 2011
Attending UT AUSTIN: "I really enjoyed the math classes. SAT math games made students solve problems quickly and accurately. It also made it fun."