Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
  • Stanford University
  • Princeton University

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    International Office Director

A Lesson from a Course in Wills, Trusts and Estates

Karl Schellscheidt -

In law school, I took a class called Wills, Trusts and Estates. A couple of weeks before the final, the professor explained the format of the exam. It was simple. Thirty multiple choice questions worth one point each. There was a catch, however — one full point off for each question answered incorrectly.

The professor then warned the entire class about students in the past who wound up with negative raw scores because they answered more questions wrong than right. Dismayed by the draconian format, one of my classmates raised her hand and asked the professor why there was such a harsh penalty for each wrong answer. His response went something like this: (more…)