Counseling and Test Preparation

Counseling and Test Preparation (CTP) is an educational program founded by Columbia University students that provides comprehensive SAT preparation, college counseling, and internship guidance for students in Ethiopia.


Our mission is to provide guidance to Ethiopian high school students who wish to  pursue higher education abroad 

SAT Tutoring

We host preparation courses on the SAT Exam for students in Ethiopia during the Spring and Summer.

Demystifying the College Application

The College Application process is a daunting journey. Our instructors help guide you through the ins and outs of navigating this road.


We pair you up with college students currently attending some of the most prestigious universities in the US. As they share their experiences with you listen to their success stories and learn from their mistakes.

Not only did CTP motivate me to study for my SAT’s, but it also provided me with a comfortable environment to learn test taking strategies and to practice questions. Throughout the 6 weeks, I got a head start on my applications and gained a clear understanding of the college application process. ​
Sorenie Lemma
​Bryn Mawr College '20
The tips and tools that I received from my mentors at CTP helped me prepare for the SAT, application process, Embassy interview, and learn about many other important details that help students while applying to study abroad. After the summer session, I was also assigned with a mentor to help me with any further questions I had. With all the help and resources I was able to achieve my goal easily.
Beamlake Fikadu
Gustavus Adolphus College '23
​I participated in CTP twice: once as a student and a second time as an instructor. The college application process is a world unto its own with expectations that are not necessarily aligned with what one would expect coming out highschool. CTP helped me understand these expectations and trained me to meet them. I am certain that without this program, I would have found the application process to be significantly more challenging. Most of all, though, CTP provides a way to connect people that have similar ambitions which makes the whole process a lot less lonely.
Dawit Belayneh
University of Chicago '21
Taking part in the 2015 Summer CTP session helped me with my college appplication process in so many ways. I was able to get a good sense of what the common app essay was and how to tackle it. I also appreciated the fact that CTP's instructors were college students who have gone through the application process. It also made me comfortable to ask questions and interact with them.
Achie Gebre
Princeton University '20
Some of my high school friends and I decided to join CTP after taking matric, since our first try as seniors had not been fruitful. I personally found doing practice tests in a real classroom setting very useful. The tips and suggestions I received from the mentors gave me a sense of relief as I felt like I wasn’t going through the process alone. Be sure to stay in touch with your CTP friends and ask questions when you’re not sure! You can do this!
Eyobel Gebre
Williams College '22