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)

ePrep on Display at NACAC

Eric Barnes

ePrep at NACAC 2009 Convention

We had the pleasure of debuting ePrep at the annual NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) conference last week in Baltimore, MD. Some 6,000 high school and guidance counselors attended to discover the latest resources and services for college admissions. ePrep was arguably a stand-out among test prep providers, as many high school counselors are believers in the power of expert video over traditional and outmoded test prep practices. ePrep is thrilled to now work with so many high schools and independent college planners helping students maximize their SAT, ACT and PSAT test scores!

Night Before the SAT Test

ePrep  SAT  Videos
Randi

eprep test prep videoHow’s that for a headline? Our team at ePrep believes confidence goes a long way towards maximizing your SAT score, and if you’ve put in the practice time you go in with confidence. Following the ePrep method of practice, grade and review (under simulated, test day conditions!) you are well prepared to take on the SAT. We want to wish all our ePrep students best of luck on this Saturday’s SAT test.

SAT Test Day: The Night Before and Morning Of

You might also consider reviewing these additional ePrep strategy session videos this week as a final preparation going into the test. Summarized below are links to many key video lessons focused on test taking strategies.

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

Additionally, we’ve included a link to our presentation (in PDF format) on “what to do the night before and the morning of the SAT test” right here: Webinar Presentation – Night Before the SAT

Best of luck on Saturday!

Ahead of the Curve

ePrep  News
Eric Barnes

An article in last weekend’s New York Times profiled the rapidly growing trend of high school students using digital resources over textbooks and had this to say:

“Kids are wired differently these days,” said Sheryl R. Abshire, chief technology officer for the Calcasieu Parish school system in Lake Charles, La. “They’re digitally nimble. They multitask, transpose and extrapolate. And they think of knowledge as infinite.

“They don’t engage with textbooks that are finite, linear and rote,” Dr. Abshire continued. “Teachers need digital resources to find those documents, those blogs, those wikis that get them beyond the plain vanilla curriculum in the textbooks.”

ePrep has been way ahead of the curve and continues to lead the test prep market online. By bringing the power of a private tutor directly to each student through online video and ePrep’s adaptive analytics, students and parents can receive unprecedented expertise at an affordable cost.

ePrep’s Reaction to WSJ Article

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comI few people asked me to comment on yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article by J. Hechinger. I will make comments from two different perspectives.

Lawyer Perspective: The lawyer in me enjoyed discussing, with friends and colleagues, the article’s double standards, flawed assertions, inconsistencies, and contradictions. For the calls I received from some old friends, I thank Mr. Hechinger.

Educator Perspective: The teacher in me happens to agree with the article’s thesis wholeheartedly: Many families do spend way too much money on SAT preparation services that simply do not deliver results. This is exactly why I founded ePrep back in 2005. After spending 15 years as a teacher and private tutor, I decided to create a low-cost preparation product that would effectively and efficiently do two things: (1) help students increase their SAT scores and (2) help students prepare for the academic challenges of college and life beyond. I am glad to say that ePrep does both.

Today happens to the be the day that May 2nd SAT scores became available online. By noon, I had already received dozens of emails and phone calls from parents who spent around $200 on ePrep study programs that helped their children increase their overall SAT scores by more than 200 points on average. While “average coaching” may yield only modest results as Mr. Henchinger points out, “eprepping” with an expert certainly bucks the current trend.

Last-Minute Help for the ACT

Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoIt’s a good idea to do some prep before the ACT, even if it’s last-minute.

At $69, ePrep’s Express ACT course may be just what you need.

Science: For students familiar with the SAT, the ACT’s Science section may come as a big surprise on test day. While the Science section is not terribly difficult, most students mismanage time the first time they try one. (To help with time management, skim the passages (one at a time) and quickly get to the related questions. The questions will only require that you refer back to, and fully understand, specific sections of the text. Thus, reading the entire passage in detail is not the best use of the time allotted.)

Math: The ACT math section is much more straightforward than SAT math. Unlike the SAT, however, the ACT covers more advanced topics like trigonometry. (Practicing before test day is a great way to refresh your memory on concepts you may have forgotten over the years and to learn essential topics that you may not have covered yet in school.)

Reading: The ACT Reading section does not include sentence completion questions like the SAT. The ACT Reading section includes only a series of passages with linked questions. Unlike the SAT passage based questions, however, some ACT questions go beyond reading comprehension. They require the test-taker to make decisions regarding the structure or function of specified portions of the text provided. (It’s a really good idea to expose your mind to these types of questions before test day.)

English: In concept, the ACT English section is much like the SAT Writing section. (Because the format is different, however, it would behoove you to take a practice test before you sit for a real ACT.)

Good luck on Saturday to all taking the ACT!

Get Lucky on the SAT

ePrep  SAT
Catherine

Feeling lucky? Relying on luck is not a recommended SAT preparation strategy, but you can certainly “feel lucky” by winning one of our daily giveaways to ePrep’s SAT study program. Every day from November 1 until the end of the year, ePrep will be giving away one full subscription to our acclaimed ePrep for the SAT (Standard, Download Test Edition). That means 61 students will be given the tools to ensure their improvement on the SAT. Simply enter your information here and everyday ePrep will randomly select a winner. Check ePrep daily to see our lucky winners here. No purchase is necessary to enter and win. Go ahead…see how lucky you are!

ePrep (Proven Methodology) + Hard Work (Practice) = SAT Success

ePrep  SAT
Eric Barnes

We probably don’t do enough bragging about the effectiveness of ePrep’s SAT course, so please excuse us while we get on our soap box. We receive many customer testimonials, but we were delighted to receive the following customer email last week because of how clearly Katie captured the essence of ePrep: “When I sat down to take my SAT, I was surprised at how simple the questions sounded compared to what I’d already learned on eprep.” To be honest, we at ePrep have always preached that the path to SAT success is not a secret for the chosen few, but rather a simple strategy of proper SAT practice under a proven methodology: practice, grade, review, repeat. Besides having great SAT practice tests and an engaging, online learning platform, we believe what differentiates ePrep above any other course is our expert video review, whereby we “show” the student how to solve each question as if a private tutor were sitting next to you. To date, students taking ePrep’s SAT (Basic or above) course have improved their scores an average of 300 points.

June 28, 2008

To whom it may concern:

Hi! I’m a rising senior who first signed up for eprep after being forced to by my mom four weeks before the June SAT – I thought nothing could be lamer than taking an SAT class, so I hastily sought out this site, not believing that there was much to be done for my flagging scores (a mere 1900, average in every sense of the word). What first sounded droll quickly became a source of entertainment for me as I played word games, religiously watched every video of all my missed problems, and found a simple pleasure in plugging in my practice test scores at the end of each day. It was pretty cool, but I wasn’t sure that I’d learned much.

When I sat down to take my SAT, I was surprised at how simple the questions sounded compared to what I’d already learned on eprep. And a few months later, I went online to see my new SAT score – a 2220, with a perfect score in the Reading Comprehension section. 320 points earned for about three weeks’ study– wow. My parents and I are still blown away.

Thanks so much for creating this site and for making it FUN; that’s something you don’t find in a dumb saturday-morning classroom tutorial. It’s a unique experience and a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Thanks,

Katie C.

All Nighters May Lower Your GPA

Michelle Hartwell

eprep test prep videoThe Associated Press reported today that a survey conducted at St. Lawrence University in New York shows that students who don’t subject themselves to sleep depriving all-night study sessions may end up with better overall GPA’s. (more…)

Happy Birthday ePrep – You’re One Year Old

Karl Schellscheidt

Little company has big plans :)

Hard to believe it’s been a year since I first launched ePrep.com. The time certainly flew. Together with colleagues and guest experts, we’ve developed quite an online following from students, parents and educators. Thank you for your continued interest and voice in the discussion.

As I posted weeks ago, I’ve been working with a great team for the past year to develop what we believe will be the most effective SAT study program on the market. You can get a tiny sliver of the experience from our online demo (it’s just the tip of the iceberg!). We’re in alpha testing mode right now and expect to launch the service very soon. Rest assured, this ePrep blog will continue to serve up engaging (and free) test prep, (more…)

New ePrep Feature: Ask Seamus and Don.

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comBetween them, ePrep Guest Experts Seamus Malin and Don Betterton have more than 70 years of administrative experience at Harvard University and Princeton University. Both have graciously agreed to field questions from ePrep visitors who are interested in knowing more about college admissions and (more…)

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