Justin Scott is one of ESM’s longest-tenured mentors, working regularly with students across the globe in test prep and college advising capacities since September 2014. He has spent thousands of hours tutoring the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and SSAT, and has developed long-lasting relationships with his students as he guides them through some of the biggest tests, essays, and decisions of their lives. Justin’s students have matriculated to universities including Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Berkeley, and NYU, among many others.
Justin is so successful because he places relationships first. His students’ results speak for themselves: one ACT student raised her score from 23 to 31 (out of 36) and got into her dream school, NYU; another raised his score from 26 to 32 and got into his, Yale. Several of his students have scored 35, placing them in the top 0.5% of test-takers.
After advising hundreds of students through the college admissions process, Justin has a keen eye for detail and a thorough awareness of the language that specific colleges want to hear. Long before it’s time for college applications, Justin actively hones his students’ writing skills, coaching them on a variety of projects including the IB Extended and Theory of Knowledge essays and various AP FRQ and DBQs. By the time they start working on their admissions essays, these students have already grown significantly as writers and storytellers.
Justin completed his Master of Arts at Yale University, where he worked as a TA and advisor to undergraduates, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, where he won the 2010 Africa Prize for his 130-page thesis on Ethiopian food security. He has written on climate for the Los Angeles Review of Books, on test prep for ESM’s blog, and on global musical culture for a variety of online music publications. In his spare time, you can find him producing electronic music, playing basketball, and drinking a copious amount of La Croix.