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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 

CTP Ethiopia Alumni

Since 2014, CTP has organized 6 summer sessions.  Take a look at some of our CTP Alumni below to see where our former students are currently attending college and how our summer sessions helped them achieve their goals. 

Our Alumni
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

Our Programs

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.

Career Building

We provide a bridge to connect students to company representatives, and thereby allow students to engage in thoughtful dialogue about their professional aspirations and employers to find talented future hires.

Application Resources

We have open resources on college applications for those who are/were not able to be part of our program all available for free.


CTP is funded by people like you.

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Latest News from CTP

CTP News

Latest updates from our editorial at CTP.

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  • Announcing CTP Ethiopia 2021 Summer Session: Applications Open Now June 4, 2021
    Application Description Welcome to CTP Ethiopia’s 2021 Summer Sessions Application. As the COVID-19 outbreak develops, we are doing everything we can to hold our regular summer sessions while keeping our CTP students and instructors safe. Hence, in light of the public health advice, and travel restrictions this year’s session will take place virtually. Once accepted, […]
  • CTP Alumni Whereabouts April 21, 2021
    Now that most of the early and regular decisions are out, we wanted to highlight some of our CTP Alumni who have been accepted to prestigious colleges abroad this year.
  • Spring Sessions 2021 March 31, 2021
    Spring Sessions are back! We are pleased to announce that CTP will be holding its annual Spring Sessions event this weekend over Zoom, and you are all invited! We will discuss everything about the College Application Process. We will talk about the Common Application, Standardized Tests, Financial Aid, Essays, and a whole lot more. Nothing […]

CTP Careers News

Updates from our Careers team.

RSS Counseling and Test Preparation Careers | CTP Ethiopia Inc. Careers
  • CTP Careers Summer 2021 Internship Interest Form March 3, 2021
    Greetings fellow academics, Welcome to CTP Careers' Summer 2021 Internship Interest Form. CTP has been working hard to provide internship opportunities to Ethiopian and Eritrean students studying abroad who are interested in going back to Ethiopia for the summer of 2021. We launched this program in the summer of 2019 and we're currently expanding to […]

Latest CTP Guides

Financial Aid 101

*What is financial aid ? * What is referred to as a college scholarship by many people in Ethiopia is actually financial aid. If you hope to attend a college without paying the full price, you must apply for financial aid. Financial aid is a term that encompasses all types of aid- directly received from […]

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More on College Search

Hi everyone, this week’s tip is about choosing colleges to apply to/attend.First thing is first, make a list of all the criteria that are important to you. This can be generosity of financial aid, availability of research opportunities, location, course requirements for a degree, the presence of an Ethiopian community e.t.c. Once you have this […]

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College Search

Since Regular Application season is approaching us, we wanted to highlight some of the criteria to use in choosing your colleges. Some of you have a college that you have wanted to go to since you were six, while some of you might not be as sure when it comes to choosing that one particular […]

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Talking to Admission Officers

Hey everyone! Get ready for another weekly CTP tip! Following up last week’s post on the college search, this week we’ll be talking about how to correspond with admissions officers.The college search is a crucial part of the application process but reaching out to admissions offices can be overlooked. When in doubt(about say a college’s […]

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