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

Get Ready for November 3 SAT Test

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eprep test prep videoGood luck to all the students taking the upcoming SAT test on November 3 (this Saturday!). Remember, it’s only a test, and all your hard work practicing for the test will pay off. We definitely encourage you to take advantage of our new - and free - ePrep Express. As we’ve published for previous SAT test dates, the following videos and articles from ePrep can be a great help as you focus on test day:

SAT Test Day: The Night Before and Morning Of
Real SAT Stories: Second Guessing on the SAT
SAT Directions: Optimize Your Time on Test Day
When to Guess on the SAT Writing Section
When to Guess on the SAT Critical Reading Section
When to Guess on the SAT Math Section
SAT Sentence Completion Questions: When to Guess?
Don’t Blame the Chicken Pox for SAT Math Mistakes
Approach to SAT Math Problems
Habeus Answer, or Show Yourself the Answer!
Mastering Your SAT Test Weaknesses
SAT Questions…Easiest to Hardest
Autopilot - Don’t Set a Course for a Lower SAT Score
A Lesson from a Course in Wills, Trusts and Estates
Bubbling: Avoid Mistakes in Your Answer Key
Please Put Down Your Pencil!
The Dreaded SAT Experimental Section

You can also see EVERY SAT post here. If you have an iPod, we encourage you to subscribe to our free podcasts and take ePrep with you on the go!

How to Ruin Your College Application

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college admissions expert advice from eprep.comJay Mathews from the Washington Post recently wrote an amusing article on what not to do in your college application.

The article Ten Stupid Ways to Ruin Your College Application cites how tasteless Myspace and Facebook profiles, inappropriate email addresses and sarcasm during interviews could ruin your chances at getting into the college of your choice.

Click here to jump to the article.


Life After the PSAT

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Last week was PSAT week for high school juniors and seniors across the nation. Students - did you stress over this test or did you take this event in stride? Did you feel prepared or did you feel blindsided? Take our poll and let us know!

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    The SAT Essay: What Not To Do . . . Unless You “Want” a Zero

    Essay   Videos   Writing   SAT
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    To avoid a dreaded zero, be sure to avoid three specific mistakes when writing your SATessay. In this video, I discuss the three ways to secure a zero.

    Oh yeah, in this video I also discuss the characteristics of essays that received the “perfect” score of six. (more…)

    Taking the PSAT Enters You into a Scholarship Competition

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    college admissions expert advice from eprep.comJust a little FYI here. The actual name of the PSAT is PSAT/NMSQT - The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. When you take the PSAT in your junior year of high school, you are also entered into the running for a scholarship (more…)

    ePrep on Tour

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    eprep test prep videoThis weekend marks the start of several seminars we have planned to discuss SAT planning and preparation at regional high schools. If you live in the Southern California area, join us this Saturday, October 13 at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, CA as Karl will give the keynote address at “The Plan”, an all-day session focused on college planning. Sponsored by GetCollegeFunding, The event starts at 9am with the keynote and continues through 3pm with workshops on college admissions, financial aid, and SAT / ACT test preparation. Parents and their children are invited and the cost is free. To register, click here.

    “The Plan” (Everything you need to know about college planning in one day :)
    Saturday, October 13, 2007 9am-3pm
    Estancia High School
    2323 Placentia Ave.
    Costa Mesa, CA, 92627

    College Fairs

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    college admissions expert advice from eprep.comAs a high school student, it’s probably safe to say that you will spend a great deal of time thinking about and finding the right college to attend. This can be a simple task, as maybe you already have a school in mind. But what if (more…)

    SAT Essay Rubric - Grammar and Word Usage

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    eprep test prep videoThis entry is the fifth and final video post dedicated to explaining the categories of the SAT essay grading rubric - or scoring guide. In this entry Karl discusses Grammar and Word Usage.