Prep Course

In these eight, 3-hour online lessons, your student will learn how to build confidence and master test-taking skills. Each session includes realistic practice and targeted content review so they'll be ready for any math or ELA problem they'll see on the test.


Our expert teachers have second-to-none credentials, top scores on the SHSAT, and a proven record of helping students gain admission into New York City Specialized High Schools.


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We know that amazing teaching is about more than knowing the material. Our tutors are committed, captivating instructors who work with students to find their best path to success.

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Our team of teachers and tutors is the foundation of our programs. Each has second-to-none credentials, top test scores, and extensive training and development. Kaplan's teacher certification and development program ensures that our teachers and tutors are authorities on the tests, on score-raising strategies, and on teaching practices to raise test scores.

Niamh Sheehan
Niamh Sheehan
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Jan Lei
Jan Lei
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Arthur Ahn
Arthur Ahn
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 Michael Silberblatt
Michael Silberblatt
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 Angela Degiulio
Angela Degiulio
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 Jabari Brisport
Jabari Brisport
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Niamh Sheehan Niamh Sheehan

Niamh attended Brown University, where she studied education and linguistics. Outside of her Kaplan classroom, Niamh is pursuing a masters degree in speech-language pathology at Teachers College.

"I attended the High School of American Studies at Lehman College."

"I love to swim, particularly long distance and butterfly. I even have a swim cap autographed by Michael Phelps in my room!"

"When I was 6 years old, I was on a billboard promoting osteoporosis awareness. I wore my Girl Scout uniform and even had a milk mustache. Got milk?"

Jan Lei Jan Lei

Jan has taught for more than 8 years and is one of Kaplan's elite pre-college instructors. As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he understands the rigors of attending an elite school and looks forward to the daily challenge of helping other students gain admission. When he's not working, you can find Jan working out or snowboarding in the wintertime.

"I once trained in kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu."

"I worked with a well-known recording artist at my first retail job while I was in high school."

"I was the percussionist in my middle school orchestra."

Arthur Ahn Arthur Ahn

Arthur has taught for more than 11 years and is one of Kaplan’s elite instructors. When he's not working with students, you can find him biking through the crowded streets of New York City.

"I can recite players' names from almost every Mets team of the past 30 years. The 1986 World Series was the first event I ever saw on television, so my loyalty runs deep."

"I won a school spelling bee in the fifth grade, and came in second in the seventh grade. I lost on the word 'plateau,' which I will never spell incorrectly again!"

 Michael Silberblatt Michael Silberblatt

Michael Silberblatt grew up in San Diego, CA and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Since moving to New York City in 2014, he has enjoyed working closely with students across all five boroughs to help them successfully achieve their SAT, ACT, SHSAT, SSAT, and ISEE test score goals! Michael has worked at the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholars Program and continues to work with the National YoungArts Foundation to provide high school students in the arts with life-changing experiences and career opportunities.

"I do occasional work as a voice actor for commercials and animated projects! As weird as it sounds, I can actually speak out loud using three different voices simultaneously."

"In 2010, I met President Obama and shook his hand in the White House. Best day ever."

"I am the king of April Fools Day. I even got a well-known celebrity to help me execute an April Fools Day prank in 2016."

 Angela Degiulio Angela Degiulio

Angela attended Ursinus College. She has been teaching with Kaplan for 3 years and aims to bring humor and positive energy to all of her classroom sessions.

"I invested a large amount of time in collecting every available Pokémon in the Nintendo series."

"I studied Italian for eight years in school."

 Jabari Brisport Jabari Brisport

Jabari is an alum of NYU and Yale. He has taught for Kaplan for the past 6 years, throughout New York City and Connecticut, to students aged 9 to 40. His most commonly taught courses are the SAT, LSAT, and SHSAT.

"My name means 'fearless' in Swahili."

"I'm vegan. I tell everyone. It is our law."

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Why Prep with Kaplan?


Kaplan's comprehensive courses are research-based and specifically designed to help students score higher on the test.


Our founder, Stanley H. Kaplan, invented the test prep industry in Brooklyn over 75 years ago.


We focus on teaching your child strategies while also reviewing content on the test.


We maximize your child’s time with the right strategies—not memorization and drill techniques.


We understand a high score can change the trajectory of your child’s education.