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Chris Ajemian: Founder Cates Test Prep

chris ajemian - cates tutoringChris Ajemian, the founder and CEO of Cates Tutoring, a global education services company based in New York City, has worked tirelessly to develop education programs that maximize students’ potential.   With satellite offices in London, Brussels, Short Hills (NJ), Guiyang (China), and Mumbai, Cates Tutoring is known throughout the US, Europe and Asia for its holistic approach and personalized curriculum.


Prior to founding Cates Tutoring in 2002, Chris studied both pre-med and drama at Boston College. Afterwards, he worked as a theater director. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Chris recently received a Master of Education in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he also serves as an Innovation Lab Fellow and Co-Chair of the Harvard Innovation & Ventures in Education group.

Contributions to the Field of Education

Chris founded Cates Tutoring not only to raise student test scores but, more importantly, to help them develop new skills and better learning habits that will pay dividends for the rest of their lives.  For this reason, Chris has lent his expertise to numerous program designs including the Ivy League Challenge, the Sutton Trust US Program, Yale Young African Scholars and the SAT documentary “The Test.”

Furthermore, since 2007, he has guided different on-site application and test prep programs for charities and schools, including Trevor Day School, Rutgers Future Scholars, Harlem RBI, Dun & Bradstreet, Poly Prep Country Day, Futures + Options, Chess-in-Schools, City of London School, and Wellington College (UK).

Great Expectations by Chris Ajemian book cover


Chris Ajemian’s belief in helping parents and students approach the often-bewildering landscape of standardized testing extends to his most recent publication, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Your Family’s Roadmap to Guaranteed SAT/ACT Success.”

This helpful reference guide dispenses practical, clear advice on how families should navigate the test preparation process. In order to improve scores and avoid possible roadblocks, Chris includes parenting cues, case studies, and top-secret tips and special assistance for international students.

The book’s centerpiece, a downloadable fifty-step Test Prep Roadmap, charts a well-defined schedule to follow in the months prior to the test.

Through his book, Chris essentially lays out different strategies to combat any and all emotional, psychological, and academic barriers to success on standardized tests.