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 the October 4 SAT Test

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We want to wish all our ePrep students best of luck on this Saturday’s SAT test. You should feel very confident based on the effort and practice you’ve put in over these past several months. Following the ePrep method of practice, grade and review (under simulated, test day conditions!) you are well prepared to take on the SAT.

You might consider reviewing our 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.

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

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!

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

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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.


Katie C.

Free Webinar: May 3 SAT Last Minute Prep

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eprep test prep videoPlease join ePrep Co-Founders Karl Schellscheidt and Eric Barnes this Thursday at 8PM EST (5PM PST) for this FREE online webinar to discuss what you should do right before taking this Saturday’s (May 3rd) SAT test.

What should you do the day before the big SAT test? Should you continue to take practice SAT questions or review vocabulary? What time should you go to bed and what items should you bring to the exam?

If you were unable to join us for the webinar last night, you can download the presentation PDF here: Webinar Presentation - Night Before the SAT

All Nighters May Lower Your GPA

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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…)

Life After the PSAT

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eprep test prep video

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!

  • Polls

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    PSAT Prep Course - Come and Get It!

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    We worked all weekend and pushed ePrep’s new ePrep for the PSAT out into cyberspace last night. Click here to register for free! We hope you’ll agree it was worth the effort on our part and the wait on yours! As promised, we’re giving free access to the PSAT course (normally $249) now through the October 20th PSAT test date. Simply click the “Register” button, download your two (2) full-length practice exams, and ePrep your way to a higher test score. Our course includes online videos with detailed answer explanations for every test question.

    Help us spread the word! Please be sure to tell your high school - including teachers, guidance counselors, and PTAs - about ePrep’s free access PSAT course.

    Happy Birthday ePrep - You’re One Year Old

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    Little company has big plans :)

    Hard to believe it’s been a year since I first launched 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.

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    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…)

    SAT Prep Redefined . . . ePrep for the SAT

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    eprep for the SAT demo

    eprep test prep videoAmong other things, like being a father and a coach, I have been an SAT tutor in New Jersey for the past sixteen years. Members of my “Class of 2007″ were recently admitted to schools that include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, NYU, Princeton, and UPENN. In my last post, I described the positive and negative aspects of traditional SAT prep services. My take on existing SAT prep products and services, in short, goes something like this: (more…)

    SAT Test Preparation - Overview of Options

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    eprep test prep video SAT test preparation can be confusing and expensive. If you’re motivated, you can prepare yourself well for under $25. (See video post entitled “How You Can Prepare for the SAT on a $25 Budget”) If you are not super motivated or are willing to spend some more money, there are plenty of options. Below is my take on the options currently available. I hope my thoughts help you make informed decisions about how you can best prepare for the SAT.

    The SAT Self-Help Book:

    For between $15 and $30, a student can purchase a book that contains practice tests, answer keys and answer explanations.

    • Positive Aspects: Self-help books are relatively inexpensive and, thus, very affordable.
    • Negative Aspects: Self-help books tend to be dry (i.e., boring) and working through them is typically a very labor intensive process. The answer explanations contained in self-help books are static in nature, they often fail to offer adequate solutions and, for practical reasons, they typically present only one solution to each problem (even when multiple approaches are valid). An obvious shortcoming of self-help books is that they do not offer parent feedback.
    • Conclusions: Self-help books are best suited for students who are extremely talented academically and extremely independent and motivated.

    eprep for the SAT demo

    The SAT Prep Classroom Course:

    For between $800 and $2,500, a student can (more…)

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