Educational Services:

For forty-one years, ES has documented impressive results working only one-on-one with students. We tailor instruction to meet the individual needs of each student.

Educational Services provides instruction for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT as well as the SSAT and ISSEE. Our unique one-on-one customized approach guarantees increased scores. Better testing results provide more college opportunities as well as enhance possibilities for more financial aid. Educational Services has three primary Philadelphia-area offices that are open 365 days a year, 9am to 9pm.

ES first received the "Best of Philly Award" from Philadelphia Magazine for Standardized Test Preparation in 1985. Twenty-three years later, we still have the Best of Philly Award for 2008!

The Inception of ES:

Avery Snyder was just like any high school kid (well, maybe not) until his introduction to the SAT. His scores? 740 Math and 540 verbal ---how could the recipient of Episcopal Academy’s John Andrews Harris Writing Prize not beat a 550 Verbal? He was furious with the score and never took the test a second time. And when asked on his college applications for his SAT scores, he simply wrote “not applicable.”

Avery matriculated at Trinity College as a James Lippincott Goodwin Literary Fellow. Four years later, he headed back to Philadelphia where he landed a teaching job at The Agnes Irwin School teaching both Math and English to Agnes Irwin high school juniors and seniors. Of course, all of his students were taking the PSAT and SAT. And an unresolved issue raised its ugly head: why were his better students bombing the test, and even more amazingly, why were his less gifted students scoring so high? Unable to explain this mystery and determined to get to the bottom of the situation, Avery enrolled to take the SAT again at age 22 (and has been taking it seven times a year ever since). Armed with a fresh perspective and a lack of pressure (since the scores didn’t matter), some truths started to make themselves self-evident: First, the test clearly had very little to do with what he was teaching in the academic classroom. Second, there seemed to be too little time to be thorough unless one used shortcuts that subjected one to carelessness. Third, there were the same patterns repeated over and over again. This test was beatable!

In 1970, Avery began tutoring his Agnes Irwin students one-on-one (after school) for the SAT. The results were amazing. With a year's worth of documented results, Avery approached headmistress Anne Lenox and suggested that Agnes Irwin start an SAT Preparation Program. Anne reviewed the results and suggested that Avery start his own licensed private school to benefit area students not just those from Agnes Irwin. ES was founded, and Anne left Irwin to work for ES the next year. The rest is history.