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
    (1964-1969)
  • Stanford University
    (1969-1984)
  • Princeton University
    (1988-2003)

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
    (1966-1977)
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    (1977-1987)
    International Office Director
    (1987-2002)

Sam’s Story Update

Karl Schellscheidt

sat test expert advice from eprep.comOn August 10, 2006, I posted a video entitled “Critical Reading Another Way – Sam’s Story.” In that “SAT prep” video I described how a student of mine, Sam, crushed a critical reading section the first time he experimented with a new technique. The technique involved reading the questions first and referring to the reading passage only as needed. At the end of that video, I promised a follow-up report on Sam.

I met with Sam again yesterday. (He is preparing for the PSAT this week.) Because we had not worked on critical reading since the summer, we decided to do a twenty-five minute section yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised when Sam did it again; he answered every single passage-based question correctly, not to mention that he missed only one sentence completion question. If Sam lets me, I will post his critical reading PSAT score when he gets it back in December.

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