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Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D, founded Academic Approach in 2001 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  After teaching in Columbia University’s Core Curriculum and preparing New York City high school students for college entrance exams, Matthew worked to define a model of test preparation based less on strategy and more on skills-development. 

Academic Approach empowers students and educators from all backgrounds to succeed on and beyond college admissions tests. By boosting skills — not teaching tips and tricks — students are more prepared for higher-level learning and better positioned to achieve excellence on the SAT and ACT, throughout college, and in future endeavors. 

Whether working with lead trainers to provide high-quality support to their tutors or collaborating with educators to deliver instructional support that drives higher student achievement, Matthew is committed to improving the quality of Academic Approach’s instructional practices and services.

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