Our Company

At A+, we align everything we do with our values.
We do what’s right.
We believe every individual deserves the support to rise to his/her potential.
We are committed to the personal and professional development of all A+ Team Members.

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring was founded nearly 30 years ago, and since then we have guided over 10,000 families through the college admissions testing process and academic tutoring.

If you’re looking for a hands on, one-on-one experience, we’re your team.

We can’t wait to meet you!

For nearly 30 years, we’ve helped families just like yours.

Students preparing for the ISEE,/SSAT,HSPT, PSAT/SAT and ACT tests.

We work with students all over the Delaware Valley to prepare for high school and college entry tests. Our test prep programs are ideal for students looking for a premier one on one program that will help them achieve their potential.

Students who need support academically, at any grade level, in a wide variety of topics and subjects.

For students who need classroom assistance, our tutors have experience with a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. 

 

Students who need a more thorough type of support in the form of executive function coaching, special needs learning support, or have other types of specific learning goals.

We work with many students who need more than just subject support. From organization to time management and calendar planning, we help students learn the skills to help them succeed both in school and in life.

Dan

Our Roots

A Message from the Founder:

Hi, I am Daniel Ascher, M.Ed., President of A+ Test Prep & Tutoring in Philadelphia. I have a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education and have been working with families like yours since 1988. While in graduate school I started tutoring local high school students in their homes. I soon had more business than I could handle and began hiring other professional tutors to do at-home tutoring.

Almost 30 years later, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to devote my entire working life to A+ Test Prep and Tutoring. Over the years our business has grown tremendously as word spread about our excellent professional tutors and the effectiveness of our one-to-one tutoring programs. In fact, over 70% of our business comes to us via referrals. In most cases our clients hear about us from friends, family members, a guidance counselor, or another education professional. Thank you to all of those who refer students to A+. We appreciate your referrals and promise to continue the standard of excellence we are known for.

A+ Test Prep & Tutoring offers a wide range of customized tutoring programs to students of all ages, including academic tutoring, test preparation programs, and Executive Function coaching. Our one-to-one tutoring is available in your home, at your school, online, and at our office locations in Jenkintown and Montgomeryville, PA.

Our Team

Our team prides itself on making your test prep and tutoring experience enriching and successful. Our main office in Jenkintown is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and can be reached via phone, email, or visited in person. Directors Susan Ware and Joelle Faucette can answer any questions you have about our programs as well as identify tutors to work with your student and your schedule.

The President of A+, Dan Ascher, is available to discuss or identify any special learning requirements or objectives as well as develop a custom tutoring program tailored to your students goals. Our tutors are:

  • Top 10% scorers on the SAT and ACT exams
  • Knowledgeable
  • Professional
  • Highly trained
  • Patient and caring
  • Dedicated to your child’s success

Our tutors represent a wide range of professions, from retired teachers, to writers and editors, to engineers and medical students.

Joelle Faucette

Joelle Faucette

Director

Background: Joelle comes from a diverse background of sales, marketing, education, and professional dance instruction. Since joining the A+ Team, she has enjoyed many aspects of her position, but most of all, the people.

Tutor Quote: “For me, it’s always about you, the parent, and how we can partner with you to help your student achieve.”

Susan Ware

Susan Ware

Director

Background: One of the things in life that brings true reward and joy to me, both in my personal life and my work day, is hearing about people who are “overcomers”. Those brave souls who faced a struggle or area of weakness and, in Don Quixote style, came out on the other side victorious. I get to witness this frequently in my role at A+, and it is exhilarating.

Tutor Quote: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”

Christina Myers

Christina Myers

Tutor

Background: B.A. in Music, Azusa Pacific University, High School Learning Center Instructor

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), K-8 Mathematics, Math Teachers Press, Reading, Wilson Reading System Program

Personal Interests: Reading, crafts, music, and spending time with my Grandchildren.

Tutor quote: “I like getting to know the students and being a part of their progress.”

Dorothea Brown

Dorothea Brown

Tutor

Background: M.A. in Psychology, Temple University, B.A. in Psychology, La Salle University

Disciplines Tutored: Academic Subjects K-8, Study Skills, Wilson Reading Program

Personal Interests: Reading, especially non-fiction, caring for my several pets (all shelter-rescued), and learning new things.

Tutor quote: “I enjoy watching children learn and grow; tutoring allows me to be a part of this process with my students.”

Beth Bantley

Beth Bantley

Tutor

Background: M.Ed., Arcadia University, B.A. in English, the University of Delaware

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), English, Writing, Writing Better Essays Program, French

Personal Interests: Cooking, gardening, and tennis.

Tutor quote: “I enjoy meeting kids where they are at and helping them learn.”

Rob Gelb

Rob Gelb

Tutor

Background: B.S. in Economics and B.A. in English, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Executive Function Coaching, Math

Personal Interests: Long distance running, guitar, improvisational comedy.

Tutor quote: “It’s rewarding working with someone face-to-face, one-on-one, where you learn just as much from working with as student as they do from working with you.”

Brian Gillin

Brian Gillin

Tutor

Background: B.S. in Business Administration, Minor in Psychology, Villanova University, 7-12 Mathematics Certification, West Chester University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Algebra, K-8 Math, Geometry, Math and English Booster Programs, SSAT Test Prep (Math and Verbal, Writing Better Essays Program

Personal Interests: Puzzles, sports, band (trumpet), guitar, improvisational theater.

Tutor quote: “Students are often phobic about learning – with regard to math for example – and it’s a joy to help them get over that phobia and help them understand that they often know more than they realize.”

Patsy Graber

Patsy Graber

Tutor

Background: B.A. in Spanish, Washington University, PA Certified K-12, Chestnut Hill College

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), English, Spanish

Personal Interests: Music and art.

Tutor quote: “I enjoy the contact with students and their families and seeing a student “get it.” I like to make tutoring fun!”

Barbara Lommer

Barbara Lommer

Tutor

Background: Ph.D. in Microbiology/Structure-based Drug Design, University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S. in Biology, Technical University of Munich

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physical Sciences, college-level Chemistry and Biology, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Trigonometry, and SAT Subject Tests in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Math, and Executive Function Coaching

Personal Interests: History of science, conservation, hiking, fiber arts.

Tutor quote: “I enjoy tutoring because it provides a never-ending intellectual challenge. No two students, no two sessions are ever the same and it’s up to the tutor to identify the most effective approach to fill the student’s needs.”

Julie Mueller

Julie Mueller

Tutor

Background: M.A. in Literature, University of Wyoming, B.A. in Pre-Med and Literature, University of Michigan

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Executive Function Coaching, Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Literature, Physics, Trigonometry, Writing Better Essays Program

Personal Interests: Reading, book collecting, gardening, and writing.

Tutor Quote: “I love to see the student, previously so frustrated, start to realize that they “get it”, and then I know I have done some good. I have not only helped them find a way to connect to and understand the material, but I’ve helped the student believe it’s still possible to learn the subject.”

Christine Sweger

Christine Sweger

Tutor

Background: M.S. in Counseling, Holy Family University, B.A. in History, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), Executive Function Coaching, History

Personal Interests: History, politics, fantasy fiction, England, and traveling.

Tutor Quote: “I like tutoring because it gives me the opportunity to find something within my students that allows them to access their full potential.”

Elizabeth Sweger

Elizabeth Sweger

Tutor

Background: M.S. in Counseling, Holy Family University, B.A. in History, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), Executive Function Coaching, History

Personal Interests: History, politics, reading literary classics and fantasy fiction, community service, traveling, films, and music.

Tutor Quote: “The opportunity to help young people learn and grow is what drew me to tutoring and what makes it so rewarding.”

Bob Wolpert

Bob Wolpert

Tutor

Background: B.A. in Math and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University, Certified 7-12

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math), Algebra, Geometry

Personal Interests: Traveling, learning, nature, writing and sports.

Tutor Quote: “Looking and learning together using the vehicle of mathematics to connect to a fellow learner. I love the human to human experience – the essence of teaching.”

Josh Woratyla

Josh Woratyla

Tutor

Background: B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Personal Interests: Music and running.

Tutor Quote: “I enjoy helping students with their individual needs.”

Allison Hoover

Allison Hoover

Tutor

Background: BS. in Agricultural and Extension Education, Penn State University, Masters of Arts in Religion, Westminster Theological Seminary

Disciplines Tutored: Math, Algebra, Spanish

Personal Interests: Travel, hiking, photography, reading, cooking and board games.

Tutor Quote: “I enjoy working one on one with students to understand their needs and help them achieve their goals.”

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Tutor

Vivian Still Brown

Vivian Still Brown

Tutor

Anson Han

Tutor

Background: B.S. in Computer Systems and Electrical Engineering, Boston University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Latin, Physical Science, Physics, Precalculus, Probability and Statistics, SSAT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Executive Function Coaching, Trigonometry

Personal Interests: Mountain biking, running, skiing, reading, traveling, website development.

Tutor quote: “I enjoy working with students and seeing them make progress.”

Kevin Holsopple

Tutor

Background: M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University, B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math), Math

Personal Interests: Fitness, golf and the stock market.

Anne-Marie Mettus

Tutor

Background: M.S. in Genetic, Penn State University, B.S. Biology, Allegheny College

Disciplines Tutoried: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Algebra, Biology, Calculus, Geometry, ISEE/SSAT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Trigonometry

Personal Interests: Photography, piano, reading, cooking and gardening.

Tutor quote: “I love getting to know the kids. It’s exciting when they begin to understand something new.”

Pamela Milligan

Tutor

Background: B.A. Education, Eastern University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), Biology, Earth Science, English, History, Literature, Reading, Study Skilly, Wilson Reading Program

Personal Interests: Reading, especially about history and word origins, and gardening.

Tutor quote: “I love tutoring because of the students with whom I work. I always learn as much from my students as they learn from me.”

Melissa Nash

Tutor

Background: B.Des. in Architecture and M.A. in Architecture, University of Florida, M.A. in Architecture History, Princeton University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Executive Function Coaching, K-8 Math, Geometry, HSPT/ISEE Test Prep (Math and Verbal), Math and Vocabulary Booster Programs, Pre-Algebra, Writing Better Essays Program

Personal Interests: Gardening, reading and travel

Tutor Quote: “I enjoy working with students on a one-to-one basis where it is possible to really get to know a student’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses. It is rewarding to see that student’s realization of his or her full potential.”

Carolyn Scott

Tutor

Background: B.S. in Education and English, Bloomsburg University

Disciplines Tutored: SAT/ACT Test Prep (Verbal), English, Language Arts, Reading Skills, Wilson Reading Program, Writing, Writing Better Essays Program

Personal Interests: Reading, environment conservation, gardening, films, outdoors, and wildlife.

Tutor Quote: “I really enjoy the actual working with students and the experience of seeing how their minds work.”

Professional Development

As a part of the mission of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, we are dedicated to the professional development of our team members. Every Spring and Fall, we host a development day to learn and grow together as a team. These meetings always result in team bonding, collaborative conversations, professional education, and of course, fun for everyone. We enjoy learning and growing together, raising the standard of what we can offer each student who comes to A+.

Podcasts & Webinars

At A+, we often host webinars and are featured on podcasts. See the links below to stream and listen in! Support the hosts by leaving a great review.

Fact or Fiction: Common SAT and ACT Myths

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February 12, 2020

This webinar separates facts from fiction regarding the SAT and ACT tests to help parents make the most educated decisions for their students.

Podcast participants/speaker/author(s): Daniel Ascher, President of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring

The PSAT and Beyond

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December 18th, 2019

Your student has completed the PSAT, now what? This webinar walks through details on the PSAT and next steps for parents to take to set their students up for success.

Podcast participants/speaker/author(s): Daniel Ascher, President of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring

Tests and the Rest: Common Myths about the SAT and ACT

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September 20, 2019

For admissions exams as infamous as the SAT and ACT, these classic tests seem to inspire a lot of confusion. How much about prior versions of these tests still hold true, and what commonly held beliefs were always false? Amy and Mike invited test prep professional Daniel Ascher to debunk some common myths about the SAT and ACT.

Podcast participants/speakers/author(s): Mike Bergin, Amy Seely and Daniel Ascher

Julie Kim Podcast #27: Demystifying College Admissions

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May 29, 2019

In this episode, I’m interviewing Dan Ascher, M.Ed, the President of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, who specializes in helping high school students improve their SAT or ACT scores.

Contact Us

 

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring -- Philadelphia

505 York Road, Suite 6, Jenkintown PA 19046

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring -- Montgomeryville

593-1 Bethlehem Pike, Unit #4, Montgomeryville PA 18936