Tutor & College Advisor, New York
Harvard University (BA)
Subject Specialties: SAT/ACT
Score Improvements: +6 ACT points (average improvement)
We’re still accumulating score improvement data for the new SAT (released in March 2016), but on average A-List students improve +200 (new) SAT points.
Phil is a proud Brooklynite, originally hailing from Bensonhurst. He attended Regis High School, where he was heavily involved in the Speech and Debate team, as well as Student Government, track, and several mentoring and service groups. A perfect score on his SAT led Phil to Harvard University, where he studied English Literature and Dramatic Arts, and performed in over 20 shows with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and professional Boston theaters. In his moments outside of the theater, Phil was also a producer, writer and actor for faux-news-show On Harvard Time, as well as a member of the Signet Society, the Crimson Key Society, and the Freshman Arts Program.
Before joining A-List, Phil tutored for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, several other acronymic exams, and college admissions preparation for four years, working with over 100 students. Phil has guided students through every aspect of the college admissions process, including developing lists of schools, writing essays, and preparing applications. He is proud to say that he’s helped students find their way to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and many other top schools.
As an actor, Phil has performed Off-Broadway and on stages across the country. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and has also appeared in various films and TV shows. He has returned to Brooklyn, and hopes to enjoy a long acting career, perhaps even one day playing a character over the age of 20.
“Phil Cillo was an excellent ACT tutor. He made sure my daughter worked to her full potential, was patient, funny, and made ACT preparation as enjoyable as it can be. It was a pleasure to work with him. He truly cared!”
-Mother of Jessica W. (Half Hollow Hills East, 2019)
+7 ACT points
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!