Parent Workshops on College Admissions & Testing

May 28, 2014


This workshop is designed specifically for parents of 9th to 11th graders. Cory Bragar, Ivy Link’s Director of Standardized Testing and an alumna of Harvard Law School, Trinity College and The Dalton School, will provide the most current information on the SAT, ACT and Subject Tests and address issues such as which tests students should take, when and how many times to take them, how the tests are scored and the impact of Score Choice and super scoring.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 9:30-10:30 am
Location: Columbia University
Cost: $35 per person
To RSVP, click here, or email


The college admissions process begins years before a student’s applications are submitted. This workshop is designed to equip parents of prospective applicants (primarily those students who are currently in Grades 9-11) with essential information to help them plan for and guide their children. Adam Nguyen, the founder of Ivy Link, an admissions strategy and test preparation company, will discuss the ever-changing landscape of U.S. college admissions and how to avoid potentially costly mistakes during the admissions process.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 10:45-11:45 am
Location: Columbia University
Cost: $65 per person
To RSVP, click here, or email

(We also offer one-on-one consultation meetings for parents who wish to discuss academic assessments, testing planning, and college admissions for their students in a more private setting. The fee for a one-time consultation meeting is $300. If interested, please email

ISEE & SSAT Workshops for Parents

May 28, 2014

This workshop is designed for parents of primarily 4th to 10th graders who are applying to private schools. Parents will acquire current information on the ISEE and SSAT and learn of important issues such as which tests students should take, when to take them, what topics are tested, and how the tests are scored. By understanding the process in advance, parents can help their children plan, prepare for the exams and reduce their stress.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 9:30-10:30 am | Columbia University
Cost: $35 per person
To RSVP, click here, or email

Diagnostic Testing for the SAT/ACT, ISEE/SSAT, LSAT, etc.

Various Saturdays or Sundays throughout 2014

Register to take a simulated, full-length diagnostic SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, ISEE, SSAT or LSAT and have the opportunity to discuss your scores with one of our experts. Space is limited.

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Upper West Side
$45 (or $20 per SAT Subject Test)

Please click here to RSVP.

1-2-3 Application Workshop: Express Track to College Admissions

July 25-27, 2014 | July 30 - August 1, 2014 | August 29-31, 2014

Complete in THREE days the application process that typically stretches across months, and leave with a finished common application months before your peers have even started.

- Compelling Essays. Our students work one-on-one and in small groups to prepare compelling personal statements and responses to supplemental questions for specific colleges of their choice. By learning Ivy Link’s strategies, students avoid common pitfalls, while brainstorming topics and crafting essays that present the best aspects of the students.
- Impressionable Activity Sheet. Our experts help students to prepare the activity sheet to include awards, achievements, extracurricular endeavors, summer and volunteer activities, and work and internship experiences. Our students learn to organize and present information in order to stand-out from the crowd.
- Interview Training. Our mock interviews help reduce students’ stress by familiarizing them with potential questions and instructing them in the techniques for effective responses.
- Fine-Tuned College List. Our experts help students fine-tune their college lists to best match their credentials, interests and aspirations.
- Application Strategies. Our experts work with students individually to review their odds at gaining admissions to selective colleges given their test scores and grades.
- Standardized Testing Strategies. Our experts review students’ histories of standardized test scores and advise them on whether to retest.
- Effective Letters of Recommendation. Our students learn strategies for obtaining effective letters of recommendation, as well as the types of letters to avoid.
- Completed Common Application. Our students will leave with all the necessary components to complete the Common Application.

Dates: July 25-27, 2014 | July 30 - August 1, 2014 | August 29-31, 2014
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm (each day, lunch & snacks provided)
Location: New York, NY
Cost: $8,800 per student includes three-day workshop (lunch & snacks provided) PLUS 2 hours pre-workshop prep PLUS 2 hours post-workshop follow-up. Scholarships are available; Discounts offered to current Ivy Link parents and students.

The 1-2-3 Application Workshops are for current juniors (rising seniors summer 2014). Our space is limited so that we can offer one-on-one work all three days with our team of expert advisors and editors.  To reserve space and receive registration materials, please register and  pay a deposit of $800 by July 1, 2014.

Please click here to RSVP or email

Navigating the College Admissions Process

October 17, 2013

This workshop is designed for parents of 9th-12th graders though others are welcome. Attendees will learn from Adam Nguyen, the Founder of Ivy Link, about the changing landscape of college admissions and issues such as the profile of the competitive applicant, the role of grades and test scores, what extracurricular activities to pursue, how high school class selections are assessed by colleges, and components of the application, including the personal statement, supplements and activities list.

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Offices of Modera Wealth Management
56 Jefferson Ave., 2nd Floor
Westwood, New Jersey

Please email for additional information.

Getting into a Top Law School

April 12, 2011

This workshop will explore what is required of successful applicants to the top law schools, including an in-depth discussion of the LSAT.To RSVP, please email

Time: 9-10:30 pm
Location: Columbia University

GRE Test Undergoing Overhaul

March 21, 2011

On August 1, 2011, Educational Testing Services will start administering a new version of the GRE called the GRE Revised General Test. To read about the basic format of the new test and how it compares to the current test, please click here.

Getting into a Top MBA/EMBA Program: Why and How?

March 16, 2011

In this webinar hosted by Columbia University’s Center for Career Education, Ivy Link’s Adam Nguyen and Laurent Vasilescu shared up-to-date information about today’s business school admission process, including a candid discussion of why it is important to pursue not only a graduate degree in business, but also one from a top program. The webinar covered a variety of topics pertaining to the application process, such as finding your business school match, preparing for the GMAT, determining what is most important in the application and acing the interview.

Time: 7 – 8:00 pm
Registration: Free, click here

To view the webinar, click here.

Op-Ed: Are Chinese Mothers Superior?

January 14, 2011

Amid the uproar over Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal essay, titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” Adam Nguyen, Ivy Link’s Founder & CEO, published a response to Chua’s “tiger mom” parenting style in a Daily Caller article titled “Are Chinese Mothers Superior?”

Nguyen was also quoted in the legal blog I agree with the idea of hard work and persistence — and that’s what I always preach to my students and parents. But I wonder about her [Chua's] definition of education and success….

Bloomberg TV’s Interview of Ivy Link’s Founder & CEO

December 3, 2010

Ivy Link’s Founder & CEO, Adam Nguyen, sat down with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg TV’s “Taking Stock” for an interview and discussed Ivy Link’s mission and approach, as well as the challenges in education and the admissions process. To watch the interview, please click here.