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Essai radically raises your standardised test scores and the quality of your college applications. Our students gain admission to the best universities in the world. 



What We Offer

We teach full programmes for the ACT, SAT and the SAT Math Level II Subject Test. We offer free diagnostic tests for any interested student. We normally start with a short ACT vs SAT diagnostic, to determine which test is a better fit. Then we run a full diagnostic test to assess a student’s current testing level.

The Programme

  • A creative curriculum, created by the essai team, in order to make the test prep programme fun and engaging.

  • Extensive preparation for all aspects of the test, focusing especially on those areas that a student struggles with.

  • A focus on the skills necessary for success, preparing students for both the test and for college.

  • Small classes, with one-to-one tuition where appropriate.

  • Regular practice tests, to familiarise students with the test, track progress, and identify areas that require further study.

I’d started my ACT prep somewhere else, but just couldn’t get my English score above a 26. I came to essai for help, and after actually learning about the ‘basics’ — like clauses — I jumped straight up to a 31 after one class. I still use so much of the stuff I learnt – like the rules for semicolons!

Zefaan, AES '18, USC Film School '22

Our students improve their ACT scores on average by 7.7 points


of our students improve their scores by

10 or more


of our students improve their scores by

6 or more


of our students improve their scores by

3 or more

Find Out More About


Putting you in the centre of your application

Essai’s Counselling team works with students and families to navigate international higher education admissions for the world’s best universities.

We believe in end-to-end high-impact counselling. Through careful multi-year programming and one-on-one mentoring, we help our students accrue a record of demonstrated academic engagement via targeted social work, structured internships, relevant online courses, verifiable school engagement, and creative socially-oriented projects – which are then communicated memorably and authentically in the application essays.

StrateGic Profile-Building

We aim to guide, support, and amplify student efforts. With our resources and strategic partnerships, we are equipped to provide advisory and operational profile-development support, focusing on deliverables which include creative products, published academic research, and scalable social initiatives.

Our students’ profiles are visible, targeted, academically-oriented, and fun. We have facilitated the development of student social initiatives in areas ranging from women’s health to environmental sustainability to science education access. Some of our successful projects have included health clinics, upskilling seminars, voting registration drives, hygiene and sanitation apps, hackathons, competitive sports leagues, business incubators, and ethical clothing lines.

It was only when I started working with essai that I developed the confidence to put exactly what I wanted to say down on paper. At essai, I was given the support to find and develop my own ideas, and guided as to how I could make them work as essays.

Aatmik, Modern School '17, Princeton '21

Working on my essays at essai was the first time I had had the freedom to write outside of the classroom, and it actually made me realise that it was something that I enjoyed and wanted to do more of in the future. I was surprised at how much fun the process actually was.

Virat, Malborough College '18, Harvard '22

Comprehensive Application Support

We love helping our students express their passions. Our Counselling Service assists with every stage of the application process: developing and refining the college list, ideating and editing the common application essay, structuring the LORs, completing the application forms, and researching the supplemental essays for 10+ universities. We have an outstanding record of results with this service - see below for more - and we love to help students approach this process with a spirit of fun, discovery, and creativity.


Many places selectively release results; others misleadingly show their results based on the number of offers received. We don’t.

What follows is the list of essai’s complete results based on student matriculation. We’re proud of each and every one of them.


of our students matriculate at

Top 10 colleges


of our students matriculate at

Top 25 colleges


of our students matriculate at

Top 40 colleges

Harvard | Princeton | Stanford | Stanford | Stanford | Stanford | Stanford | Yale | Yale I Columbia | Dartmouth | U Chicago | U Chicago | Cornell Engineering | Duke | CMU Architecture | Stanford | Northwestern | USC Film | Columbia | Columbia | Cornell | Cornell | UPenn | Williams | Amherst | Duke | Duke | Carnegie Mellon SCS | UC-Berkeley EECS | Duke | Georgetown | USC Roski | Vanderbilt | NYU-Stern | Occidental | Georgetown SFS | USC Engineering | Johns Hopkins | Claremont McKenna | UVA | Barnard | Pitzer | Haverford | UC-Berkeley | UC-Berkeley Engineering | UC-Berkeley | Haverford | UC-Berkeley | GA Tech Engineering | USC Marshall | UCLA Engineering | UC-Berkeley Engineering | UT-Austin | Parsons | Emory | UCLA Computer Engineering| UCLA | Emory | USC Marshall | USC Marshall | USC | USC | USC | USC | UT-Austin McComb | Scripps | NYU | U Michigan | NYU Engineering | American University | UIUC Engineering | U Wisconsin Engineering | Northeastern | UBC Business | Fordham | Union College | U Washington Engineering | Babson | Boston University | Boston University | Northeastern Business | Rutgers | Loyola Marymount

*** All statistics are based on the US News and World Report 2019 (National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Doctorate Bearing Engineering Rankings)



Putting teaching into technology

Essai has recently taken the first step into the app-world by creating Cucu, a reading game aiming at teaching the skills necessary for critical reading at grassroots level. It is the result of our realisation that many students who come for the ACT and SAT preparation classes lack basic critical reading skills. School prepares them very well for math, but not for the kind of higher synthetic reading abilities demanded by the tests.

This makes our job to get them a high English score much more difficult because we are constantly struggling against gaps in their knowledge and mindset that should never have been allowed to remain until so late in their intellectual development. Cucu is an attempt to foster early development of critical reading abilities in young people who are more than ever used to consume more than they can reflect.

In today's world we consume so much that we become less and less critical about what we consume. Cucu makes consumption more reflected by giving usually silent texts inquisitive voices that throw a number of challenges at the reader's feet as he or she navigates through the flow of data. Cucu is a game that that oils your synapses, polishes your grey cells, and gets your lobes firing on all neurons.

Learn more here.


Our Team



Farhad graduated from Yale in 2010, where he read sociology, and spent some of his spare time as the president of Society Electronica. Farhad has worked with UNESCO in Senegal, in New York as a consultant with ReD Associates, and with the One Laptop per Child Project at MIT. He likes books and trees and is a co-curator of delhi_tree_spotters



Nick graduated from Harvard in 2006, during which time he rowed for the heavyweight crew and occasionally read philosophy. After graduation, he taught at the Shrewsbury School (UK). In 2010, he wrote Pearson's "Official Guide to the SAT". In his spare time, he enjoys writing plays. 



Mili graduated from Occidental College in 2013, where she was a recruited swimmer and studied Public Policy and Spanish. She then worked as a fellow with Teach for India, after which she received an MA in Education Policy and Sociology from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Essai team, Mili was working as a college consultant in Singapore. In her spare time she enjoys spontaneous adventures and listening to music.



Kabir graduated from Purdue University, USA in 2010 where he studied Business Management and Marketing. After pursuing a career spanning various industries including Food Technology, Hospitality, F&B and Telecommunications, he eventually received his MBA from Les Roches, Switzerland with a specialization in Corporate Finance. His passions include golf, football, and food.



Zohra graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University where she read Philosophy and was often mistaken for an English major. She is mostly pondering over general uncertainty of the world while trying to embrace the present through words. She enjoys making quirky lists and having sentimental conversations/ watching sentimental cinema.



Anuva  graduated from Brandeis University in 2014, where she studied Psychology, Public Policy and Legal Studies. She then worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, before returning to India and joining the Litigation team at Luthra and Luthra. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and playing tennis, baking and travelling. 



David graduated from Oxford in 2016, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, while bumping his way through three years of college rowing. He spent two years in Amsterdam working as a night manager, and reading the Guardian’s ‘100 Greatest Novels of All Time’. In his spare time, David enjoys books, films and mountain hikes.


Shagun sethi

Shagun is currently a student of Political Science and Sociology at Delhi University. She is the President of the English Debating Society at JMC. She founded 'Be A Man' as an initiative towards gender equality. Her interests include naps, fries and debating about feminism.


Maya welch

Maya graduated from Tulane in 2017, where she majored in Political Economy and Mathematics and was involved in various environmental justice campaigns. She has since worked in sustainable development supporting women and environment focused interventions. Maya likes prints, plants and parks. 



Q graduated from the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities in 2018, where they read philosophy, critical queer theory, and international relations. They is a social science researcher, and spends an ideal night watching Doctor Who, listening to horror podcasts, or reading Kollontai.


Tabitha Hutchison

Tabitha graduated from Cambridge in 2017, where she read Classics and captained her college netball team. Before joining essai, she worked in development and communications and tutored privately. In her spare time she likes to try new foods and languages, and sings in a couple of choirs.


Sara krishnan

Sara graduated from Ashoka University in 2019, where she studied Political Science amongst other things, and occasionally wrote for her college magazine. Having grown up in the Himalayas, Sara likes to spend her time outdoors and loves to travel. Her interests include photography, baking, painting and eating khow-suey.


Ria Purandare

Ria graduated from Ashoka University in 2019, where she studied English and Performing Arts. A trained Bharatnatyam dancer and a foodie, Ria may have sold her soul for either Asian food or for french fries. Ria likes to spend her days performing complicated yoga poses, cooking up a storm and watching Netflix. 



Amtesh graduated from St. Stephen's College in 2019, where he studied Philosophy. His achievements include, but are not limited to, thinking and therefore existing, reading 24-hour clocks, and waking up after just a single alarm. He is found to be often inaccurately quoting the works of Wittgenstein and Sartre, in which he takes great joy. His biggest fear is climate change.



Sasha graduated from St. Xavier’s, Mumbai in 2017 where she studied English Literature and wrote plays in her spare time. After completing the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University, she worked in a publishing house as an assistant editor. Sasha loves books, music, swimming, and Sunday brunches.


Manreet khara

Manreet graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur with honours in Intellectual Property Law, but is said to give a more artsy vibe than a lawyer vibe. So she studied liberal arts at the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. While Manreet aspires to be a polymath with several commas on her Wikipedia page, she currently thrives on quizzes, carbs, and karaoke.




We want teachers, communicator, and creators. Our Teaching Fellows design and deliver innovative test prep content for Indian high school students that leverages the strengths of the existing educational infrastructure against the global standard for secondary learning: the ACT/SAT. While facilitating this preparation, the Teaching Fellows field tests material in live classroom settings, always seeking improved efficiency and economy of instruction. Our methods are analytical and data-driven. Our philosophy is experimental. Our results are outstanding.

Communication skills are a must. We’re looking for creative and motivated individuals who want to help young people discover their passions while enjoying the support, freedom, and flexibility to pursue their own - and we want to help our team acquire a set of value-adding educational skills that they can practice anywhere in the world.

2. Junior Fellow

Essai is looking for a motivated and creative full-time Tutor to join our diverse team. The ideal candidate will be well-organised and personable. A love for learning and sharing knowledge is a must, and experience with standardised testing (ACT, SAT, or GMAT) is extremely advantageous. Tutors will gain experience in curriculum design, educational content development, one-on-one tutoring, marketing, and recruitment.

In other words, this is an opportunity to be part of a growing business while sharing your love of learning as a tutor and a curriculum designer.

What your role will involve:

  • The first month of the role will involve training in the tests and the methods of essai.

  • Content creation for our ACT & SAT curriculum, improving existing material.

  • Help write and design our English Textbook (to be published in the coming year).

  • One-to-one tutoring with students, focusing on the reading and reasoning skills required for success in the ACT & SAT.

  • Being the first point of contact when a student comes to essai and responsible for setting students up with tests or with their learning material.


Essai is launching the Essai Fellowship Partner Program, a highly selective two-year fellowship opportunity in New Delhi for passionate young college grads who want to make a difference in the world. Candidates will be selected through a rigorous application and interview process on the basis of demonstrated academic interest, leadership potential, and relevant education experience. All nominated Fellows will receive a generous salary and support in the Visa process.

At Essai, our mission is education. But to us, the best teachers are always the most motivated students. The Essai Fellowship Partner Program aims to support highly motivated young educators in their personal and professional growth by facilitating structured work experiences with dynamic and impactful organisations.

We are currently seeking applicants for the following fellowship programs: 

·      The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) - a leading think tank dedicated to conducting research for sustainable development of India and the Global South.

Essai-TERI fellows will split their time evenly between both organizations. At Essai, fellows will provide ACT tutoring services, which includes instruction for all aspects of the ACT exam: English, Math, Reading, Science, and the essay. Fellows may also be involved with curriculum development and design, contributing to Essai’s mission of keeping learning fun, engaging, and tailored to individual student needs. As a new and rapidly growing company, Essai also welcomes team involvement in various aspects of business development, from graphic design to social media management. At TERI, fellows will be given the opportunity to contribute to ongoing initiatives relating to sustainable development, renewable energy resources, and community outreach. As a research-focused organization, TERI is primarily interested in knowledge creation and project implementation, throughout both its Indian and global networks. Fellows will have the ability to help shape projects that relate to their specific interests surrounding environmental issues, with the possibility of creating and leading their own such projects.

Find out more about TERI

·      Learning Matters Foundation - an innovative, non-profit organization that seeks to address the educational needs of all children, specifically those who experience a range of learning challenges

The Essai-Learning Matters Fellowship is intended to facilitate the practice of innovative teaching and learning in a variety of settings for students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. At Learning Matters, Fellows will work at a cutting-edge child centered, early childhood education program called Right Start; and will implement effective teaching strategies in the Student Success Program, an intervention program for primary grade students with learning differences. At Essai, the Fellow will have the chance to develop ACT material for small groups of high-schoolers, field test new learning methods, and pioneer new technologies that can help us glean insight into the fundamental processes of reading, comprehending, and interpreting.

Better understand the work of Learning Matters Foundation

·      CUCU (Developer) - an interactive reading game created by essai. 

We are in the early stages of developing an exciting game app, CUCU, which transforms users into better readers whilst connecting them to the freshest online content. Our goal is to revolutionise the way in which young people engage with written material, and to put the enjoyment back into reading. Essai is seeking a motivated and competent individual, with experience in app development, who will be able to oversee the development and growth of cucu. The ideal candidate will also be able to pass on their technical skills to our students, through teaching computer science (and also potentially science or math) classes to small groups. As a new and rapidly growing company, Essai also welcomes team involvement in various aspects of business development, from graphic design to social media management.

Learn more about CUCU

SOUND INTERESTING? Email with your resume/CV for more info!



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