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About Chris

Christopher Black, Sc. B., MA Ed.

Since founding College Hill Coaching in 1990, Chris has tutored thousands of students in the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and AP exams as well as in mathematics, chemistry, writing, and physics. His students have gone on to excel at top-tier colleges like Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Duke, Cornell, Pomona, Tulane, Yale, Bucknell, Georgetown, Michigan, Penn, Middlebury, Williams, and Oxford.


Chris received his Master of Arts as an Andrew Mellon Fellow in Teaching at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and psychology from Brown University, where he earned a Rose Writing Fellowship. He is also a Consultant and Fellow of the National Writing Project.

He is the author of 12 internationally best-selling books on the SAT and PSAT, including McGraw-Hill's SATConquering the SAT Writing and Language Test, and 6 SAT Practice Tests. He is also the consulting editor for several textbooks, including Glencoe Precalculus. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Newseek, CBS , CNBC, and ABC.

An avid runner, cinephile, puzzle aficionado, and grammar geek, Chris lives in Greenwich with his Elizabeth and avidly follows the careers and pets of his two daughters.

“Thank you for making the college admissions process far less daunting and much less stressful. I could not have achieved my perfect SAT scores without you!”

— L. T. from New Canaan, CT [Harvard 2018]

“[My daughter (Pomona 2021)] has enjoyed an exceptional experience with you. Her success in math this year attests to your skill as a teacher and your ability to motivate a student who has had only marginal success in the past, even with tutoring. And her SAT scores are beyond her wildest dreams.”

J. H. from New York, NY 


“After just 2 months of work with you and your SAT book, my SAT scores improved from 550R 700M to 710R 800M! I'm ecstatic!”

— K. O. from Greenwich, CT [Princeton 2018]


“[Our daughter (Dartmouth 2020)] has learned to persist with a subject that she found difficult and there was a complementary 'spill over' effect to her other classes! We can't wait to work with you on the SAT!”

— J. R. from Brooklyn, NY

“Wow—you've increased [our daughter's (Yale 2002)] grades tremendously  through your expertise and really bolstered her self-confidence. She is thrilled with her SAT scores, and to be attending Yale in the fall.”

— F. C. from Greenwich, CT 

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