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

Twas the Night Before the March 1 SAT…

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eprep test prep video…and I didn’t/don’t know what to do!?! Don’t panic. We’ve posted a last minute favorite below. Also, in the blog post right below this one, you’ll find a more comprehensive list of videos with last-minute advice. So . . . sit back, relax, watch, and enjoy.

Score Big: March 1 SAT Test

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Texas Company Fires Back . . .

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eprep test prep videoThe Texas-based SAT prep company that was recently sued by the College Board for copyright infringement filed a countersuit yesterday. It seems like someone has convinced Karen Dillard that her best defense is offense. I for one, however, am not convinced that the countersuit is anything more than posturing . . . but who knows. The only things I’m sure of are that (1) the attorneys on both sides will benefit the most and (2) all others involved will be worse off (in varying degrees).

To learn more about the countersuit click here for an article that appeared on

College Board Sues Texas-Based Test Prep Company

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eprep test prep videoThe College Board is alleging that a Texas-based SAT prep company vioated copyright law by obtaining and distributing a “pirated” version of the PSAT administered on October 17, 2007. (The adjective “pirated” is used by the College Board to refer to tests that have been unlawfully obtained and distributed.)

To learn more about this developing story click here for an article that appeared on or click here for an article that appeared on

Because it is unclear whether some Texas teens got the pirated test before or after the October PSAT, it is impossible at this time to determine whether they had an unfair advantage in qualifying for National Merit Scholarships.

It is important to note that neither article indicates that any students from Texas knew they were being given a “live,” pirated version of the PSAT. Thus, is seems that the blame for any wrongdoing falls squarely on the shoulders of a handful of adults in Texas. (The adjective “live” is used by the College Board to refer to tests that have not yet been “retired” and made available to the public. Also, in case you didn’t know, the PSAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.)

WordSmith Challenge High Score

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eprep test prep video“jendend” just upped the ante with 103,500. (Sick score.) Did she stop intentionally or loose her last life due to exhaustion?

WordSmith Challenge

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eprep test prep video“bertthehurt” has set an incredibly high bar for ePrep’s WordSmith Challenge. Great job! If no one beats the new high score within the next week or so, we may have to retire it, . . . so others feel like they have a chance.

January 2008 SAT Scores

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eprep test prep videoIf you’re a junior who took the SAT on January 26th, you should be able to access your scores starting Thursday, February 14th, at the College Board’s website.

Some of you will be happy with your scores and some of you will not.

To those who are happy, CONGRATULATIONS!

To those who are not happy, DO NOT FRET! You have plenty of time to improve your scores. In fact, you have just under a year, and, trust me, you can do a lot to increase your scores in a year’s time.

You may want to start with ePrep Express, a trial-sized SAT study program from ePrep. It’s free and there are no strings attached.

Good luck from all of us at ePrep.

New Dean of Admissions for UPenn

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college admissions expert advice from eprep.comThe University of Pennsylvania recently announced that Eric J. Furda will serve as the school’s undergraduate dean of admissions starting July 1, 2008. Mr. Furday is a graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania (BA, International Studies) and Teachers College at Columbia University (MA, Education). For more on Mr. Furda click here.

Writing Section - Mixed Messages

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college admissions expert advice from eprep.comI read an article from The Buffalo News this morning about the mixed messages that high school students are receiving about the SAT writing section:

Writing is important (my English teacher says so, and it is, after all, now part of the SAT), BUT

many colleges are not considering the SAT essay in the admissions process.

The very end of the article suggests that, despite the mixed messages, preparing for the SAT can be a positive experience, generally, and that preparing for the writing section, specifically, can help students improve their writing. I agree 100%. In fact, my own writing skills have improved since I began tutoring students for the “new” writing section a few years ago. (I admit my writing is not perfect, but it probably never will be!)

On a somewhat related point, I find it interesting that within the American school system, writing instructors stress clarity and brevity, yet most of what students are forced to read in their English classes is convoluted and difficult to understand. Talk about mixed messages.

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A friend recently recommended that I check out a site at Well, I finally found the time to do some web-browsing, and this is what I think:

The site is actually very informative and helpful. While there are hundreds of websites related to college planning, this one is different in a very refreshing way. In addition to offering advice and guidance on traditional topics like financial aid, the site covers equally practical topics like health, fitness, campus safety, and (more…)