My life as a teacher began at UCLA, where I taught 18th and 19th Century British Literature and survey courses.  In 1998 I began teaching the SAT and ACT, and in the last decade I’ve founded or co-founded three separate companies devoted to skills-based test-prep.

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More than a score

The college admissions process is perhaps more competitive now than ever before. And while top grades and SAT scores are important, there’s no score high enough to guarantee admission to any university. Instead, colleges are evaluating the student as a whole—his extracurricular activities, her passions, that differentiating spark. At Hamilton College Consulting, we know the power of holistic college admissions, and we help each student tell his or her unique story.

Every prospective HCC student meets individually with either founder and CEO Chris Hamilton or one of our other qualified counselors to discuss the admissions landscape from this wide-lens perspective. With nearly two decades of experience and three skills-based test preparation companies under his belt, Hamilton has worked with students to achieve more than 110 perfect SAT and ACT scores and gain admission to top-name schools including Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley.


40+ perfect scores since fall 2015 Icon

40+ perfect scores since fall 2015

63+ HCC students were accepted to UC Berkeley last year Icon

63+ HCC students were accepted to UC Berkeley last year

110+ Hamilton students accepted to Harvard in the last 10 years Icon

110+ Hamilton students accepted to Harvard in the last 10 years

Why We’re Different

In addition to our holistic approach, Hamilton College Consulting is focused on providing students with the skills necessary to succeed not only on the SAT or ACT, but in college and beyond. We are not a company of tricks and tips or quick fixes and shortcuts. Instead, we provide individualized tutoring, targeted courses, and personalized counseling to develop useful, applicable skills that will translate far beyond test day. Our skills-based approach is what has allowed us to crack the code on the new SAT, which is now over 95 percent concordant with the ACT. With the signature vocabulary section now eliminated, transferable skills are more important than ever, as rote memorization of 300-plus vocabulary words will no longer give students an advantage. Many of our students now prepare for both tests, as well as the PSAT, and our qualified teachers work with them to hone skills useful to each.

Learn more about our test prep services, and contact us today to schedule a free consultation.