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I could not say enough good things about Dr. Fikar. He is the reason, for the first time in my entire life, I did well on a standardized test. I had used other large test prep companies to prep for the GMAT and none of them could help me beat a 650 until. Dr. Fikar's knowledge of the test and study materials are unparalleled. I could not highly recommend someone more. Thank you for everything Dr. Fikar!May 12, 2017VerifiedThe Harvard Review's reply
Devon, Thank you for your kind words. You are a talented young lady, and I wish you all the best as you apply to MBA Programs!
Dr. Fikar helped me prepare for the GMAT. When I started I was scoring 700 on the practice tests, but my actual test score was a 680. My goal was a score of 720. After working with him, I took the GMAT last month and got a 770! He definitely knows his stuff. I found the whole tutor search to be quite frustrating at first, as everybody out there claims to be an expert, but I'm very glad I paid for the best that there was, because I now have my pick of really great MBA Programs to choose from, and it made sense to not go cheap on my prep. I would recommend Dr. Fikar without question.Feb 27, 2016The Harvard Review's reply
I'm so happy for you, Nairi! UPenn is now looking more realistic, and I am confident that you will find a perfect Program to match your needs.
When I first came to The Harvard Review, I was in the process taking the LSAT for the third time. You are only allowed to take it a total of three times in a span of a few years, and this was my last shot. The first time I took it I got a 159, with no prep. Then I went to a tutor who was recommended to me by several people. I took the test after working with him and got a 158. I was very upset that my score actually went down, but knew I needed to give it one more shot. This time I met with Dr. Fikar. He felt confident that he would be able to help me increase my score. He suggested we work for several weeks of intense tutoring, which is what I agreed to do. Going into the test I was scoring in the mid 160's. I was shocked when I received a 171 on my final attempt. This was by far beyond anything we thought was possible for me. I know that this is in large part due to Dr. Fikar's masterful tutoring and his ability to tap into the student's learning styles, and bring out the very best in them.Mar 2, 2016The Harvard Review's reply
Thank you for your review Faalgun. It was a pleasure teaching you! I hope you are able to get into NYU Law School (or better) with your 171. All the best to you!
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I am very glad to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Fikar. In just a few short months we were able to make a lot of progress with my standardized testing scores. I went from a 1390 PSAT with no tutoring to a 1550 SAT and a 1500 PSAT. I also earned a 35.25 on my ACT. His high price is well worth it as I know I would not have received the same quality of tutoring anywhere else. I feel much more comfortable testing now than I did before, and feel confident that I will also score well on my Math 2 SAT2 and that my ACT score will improve with more instruction. I also look forward to working with him during my application process, as his knowledge of it is more extensive than any other counselor I've spoken to. Dr. Fikar is unlike any other tutor and I am happy to continue to be his student.Nov 28, 2017Verified
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Dr Fikar was of invaluable assistance to my daughter and improved her overall score by almost 100 points in only 6 weeks of tutoring. His most signigicant impact was in improving her confidence in approaching difficult math problems. Dr Fikar was so encouraging and gave her so much inside knowledge about the test and the college application process generally. He really made her feel like she had a dedicated, personal professional coach With her throughout the whole fall of senior year. He transformed what was a scary overwhelming process into something of a game that she was inspired to master and win. In addition, I recall her remarking in surprise after only her second tutoring session that it would also help her do better in her AP Calculus course at school, as Dr Fikar was better at explaining math than her own teacher. We are so happy to have found Dr Fikar and plan to enlist his services for our two younger daughters in the coming years. We enthusiastically give him the highest possible rating!Dec 6, 2016VerifiedThe Harvard Review's reply
Thank you very much Mrs. Haverstick, Emily was a delight to work with, and I wish her all the best in her future! I look forward to meeting your younger children! Cordially yours, Dr. M. Fikar
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Dr. Fikar charges a flat hourly rate, and typically does not give discounts of any kind.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My continuing education is to continue to take the Exams that I offer Tutoring for, and to continue to study and write books. There is no finer education than to master these extremely challenging tests.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I was a Physicist who enjoyed my work. However, while being a Professor at a University, I began taking the SAT and all of the other Standardized Tests every year and getting perfect scores, mostly for fun. I was also tutoring part time, and started to see how much fun it was to work one-on-one with students and help them achieve massive increases. So in 1995 I opened my first Learning Center and quit my day job, and the rest is history. I have written several Test Prep books, continue to take the Tests and score perfectly, and have watched hundreds of students achieve their highest scores possible. What could be more rewarding than that?