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Meet The Founder

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Amanda Rubenstein

A lawyer by trade and Ivy graduate, Amanda has been coaching students to academic success for over 15 years. She discovered her passion for teaching at Corona del Mar High School, where she earned perfect SAT and ACT scores and started tutoring her classmates. Amanda went on to earn her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude. In 2011, she earned her J.D. from USC Law on full scholarship as the Rothman Scholar and graduated top of her class.

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The AR Method Gets Results


Question Recognition

Outsmart the test-makers. As standardized tests, the ACT and SAT are highly predictable. We teach our students to recognize patterns in answer choices and key phrasing in questions to know exactly what concept they're being tested on and which strategy to employ. They know what to expect.


Conceptual Mastery

Everything tested on the ACT/SAT is highly teachable. Our instructors are subject-matter experts who make sure that students know all of the material that could show up on test day. Through AR’s targeted instruction and curated curriculum, students are trained to master each exam’s limited series of concepts.


Pacing Strategy

Beat the clock with AR's proven test-taking techniques and shortcuts. Down to the second, our students are taught to properly pace each passage and section so that they finish on time, maximizing the number of questions they answer correctly with limited time. No question left behind.


Practice, Practice…and More Practice.

Success is not a cram session the night before the test. By structuring a consistent schedule of weekly homework assignments, practice exams, and customized sessions, AR gradually builds students' knowledge and skills so they retain material and are ready to perform at their best when they take the exam. AR students feel confident and fully prepared.

Success Stories


“Amanda and the AR team are beyond incredible. I never would have thought I’d score a 1520 on the SAT (a 220 point jump!). Thank you!”

Julie B.

Long Beach Polytechnic High School student

"With AR’s help, I was able to stand out in the college admissions process and get accepted to Harvard. I wouldn’t be where I am today without AR!"

Wyatt R.

Newport Harbor student

“With AR, I earned an ACT score that made my mom proud! I’ll be heading to UCLA in the fall and I couldn't be happier.”

Emaad R.

Fairmont Prep High School student

“I scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, and I could not have done it without AR.”

Jack R.

Sage Hill High School student

"The one thing standing in the way between me and playing college football was my ACT score. After two months of prep, I got the score I needed. Big thanks to AR."

Chris V.

St. Margaret’s High School student

"AR helped me increase my SAT score by 180 points and I got into my dream school. Thanks AR team. I couldn’t have done it without you!"

Caroline S.

Corona Del Mar High School student

“Perfect 36 and perfect 800 on my SAT™ Math II Subject Test! Thank you to all of my amazing tutors at AR and Isabelle for juggling my very busy schedule. I'm Dartmouth bound! "

Ashkaan M.

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

"180 point score jump on her SAT! From our initial consultation to the morning of the SAT, we were guided every step of the way."

Elizabeth S.

Corona Del Mar parent

"I highly recommend AR. The team is absolutely fabulous and each member wants you to improve. My ACT score overall went from a 26 to 33. I am so grateful to the team and Amanda for creating this all for me."

Kennedy N.

Mater Dei High School student