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The Essential Toolbox for College Admission Workshop - November 2017

Spark Prep Co-CEO Luke Taylor analyzes a successful college personal statement, and discusses admissions strategy for international applicants.

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Spark Prep specializes in admissions consulting for graduate and undergraduate applicants, SAT and ACT test preparation, and academic tutoring for students in the United States and throughout East and Southeast Asia. We have a proven track record of providing effective, targeted coaching to help clients realize their greatest potential.

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What if getting into college wasn’t full of stress and anxiety? What if preparing for exams was actually about discovering new insights? Spark Prep is committed to taking a transformative holistic approach to academic tutoring, test prep, and admissions, supporting clients in balancing focus and fulfillment with achievement.

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We work with clients at every step of the process, from early discussions of values and goals, through brainstorming and revising essay topics, and test prep strategy. We also offer one-on- one coaching, academic tutoring, and writing instruction.

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Our students have been admitted to world class institutions including Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, Swarthmore, Columbia MBA, Wharton MBA, INSEAD, LBS, and Kellog MBA, Berkeley Ph.D. in Engineering, and many more.


  • Applying to the world's top engineering masters program while working full time feels like a daunting task. Spark Prep's help was helpful, efficient, and affordable. Their ability to eloquently highlight technical and complicated strengths and concepts into an engineering focused application was unmatched. It was through their help and guidance that I was able to be admitted to my first preference program!
    Farshad M.
    UC Berkeley Masters in Engineering, Class of 2018
  • He was available at every stage of the process, and really took a personal interest in my work. He was always accessible through e-mail, and was quick to respond when I had immediate questions, which was very reassuring during an otherwise extremely stressful process. I would highly recommend Spark Prep to any rising senior about to go through the process; he will help you write amazing essays, keep you calm and informed about the process, and be an overall support system about every step along the way!
    Cassidy W.
    Brown University, Class of 2017
  • Spark Prep has been so supportive and such a pleasure to work with. You have taught my sons a tremendous amount in a very short period, all the while making it fun. In addition, you have been incredibly generous with your time. Spark Prep really runs a great program and is clearly very dedicated to educating. You all are incredible resources and I can’t imagine having gone through this process without you!
    Samantha G.
    ACT Score 36 - University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020
  • Luke met with me at my house in Marin to help me focus my thoughts and my complicated story into something that law schools would like. In only an hour, he helped me completely retool the direction of my letter. I would recommend Spark Prep to anyone!
    Kyle M.
    University of Hastings Law School Class of 2019
  • Your guidance is exactly what I needed. Thank you Luke; you’ve helped me so much during the stressful process. You saved the day!
    Khue L.
    Harvard University, Class of 2018
  • Luke’s help was absolutely invaluable. Luke asked incredibly insightful questions that made me really think through my goals and interests, and made me confident that I put my best self forward.
    Rachel H.
    Organizational Behavior Ph.D. Student at UC Berkeley
  • Highly recommended! … Luke is outstanding in his mastery of the ‘crafting’ process of writing. And, he provided a ton of support and coaching to help me manage my timeline and stress.
    UCLA Law, Class of 2016
  • Luke has a unique ability to help writers mold their thoughts, passions, dreams, aspirations, and stories into one cohesive piece of writing that helps bring to light their true strengths. He made all the difference in making my medical school applications organized and compelling. I couldn’t have done it without him.
    Jake G.
    Einstein College of Medicine, Class of 2017
  • Luke was absolutely wonderful. Beyond being professional and thorough, he is very knowledgeable and helpful. He provided wonderful insight and suggestions that improved my Residency admissions essay greatly. Not only did we look at appropriate mechanics and structure, he sought to understand what exactly I was feeling and thinking in order to make sure it was getting across in the paper. Simply, Luke is able to invest himself in the process just as much as you, and the final product reflects that.
    Ahlia P.
    Medical Residency Applicant
  • Luke is an exceptionally talented editor and writing coach. He helps the writer find and perfect his/her own voice, giving them tools to improve structure and economy of words, while paying careful attention to both the macro and the micro mechanics of writing. He often encourages me to get into a revision-mindset and constantly ask the question, ‘can I make a fuller impact with fewer words?’. He not only points out weak spots in a piece of writing with suggestions for revision, but also his favorite moments (and why), which I, as a novice writer, find extremely valuable. I typically learn more from a one hour session with Luke than from many more with others. Strongly recommended.
    Leila S.
  • When I was considering what to do after Stanford, I spoke to Julie about my hopes, my ambitions, and my love for my hometown of Stockton. When I told her that I wanted to run for office, she was incredibly affirming of my decision and helped me map out the steps I would have to take to position myself for success. Dean Julie strives to help everyone become their best selves.
    Michael T.
    Stanford Class of 2010, Stockton City Council member


Spark Prep has an established and trusted network of partners and consultants in major cities across the globe.