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)

Score Choice. Test Optional. SAT or ACT? Help!

Eric Barnes

A great article in the New York Times by a mother of a high school junior talks about the dizzying array of options when approaching test prep.  Back in the day, you simply took the SAT test and your score was reported to your prospective colleges.  You most like did very little prep or may have simply bought a test prep book for practice.  Things aren’t so simply anymore.

“As it stands, Nicole remains unsure about which college admissions test she will take (perhaps both), how many times she’ll sit for it, whether or not she will submit her scores to colleges, and if she’ll need the results to count at all.”

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!

SAT as Predictor of College Success

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comIn a recent article on newsweek.com, Po Bronson argues that the SAT is a valid predictor of college success.

“It turns out that an SAT score is a far better predictor than everyone has said. When properly accounting for the self-selection bias, SAT scores correlate with college GPA around 67%. In the social sciences, that’s considered a great predictor.”

For the full article, which I found very interesting, CLICK HERE.

College Board Salaries

ePrep

The top three earners at the “nonprofit” College Board are as follows:

- Its president, Gaston Caperton, last year earned a whopping $876,666 in total compensation (salary of $707,290; benefits/deferred comp of $41,376; and expense account/other allowances of $125,000)
- Vice President Herbert Elish earned $504,550 in total compensation last year
- Vice President Thomas Higgins earned $455,036 in total compensation last year

For more information, read the article that appeared in the OC Register.

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.

SAT Smuggling?

News  SAT
Randi

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comBack in January, an SAT test booklet was allegedly smuggled out of a test center in South Korea. The culprit then allegedly emailed copies of the test booklet to a student who was to take the same test a few hours later in the United States. To learn more about this story, read Kwang-Tae Kim’s article, which I found on Townhall.com.

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.

Rethinking College Prep Costs in Tough Times

Eric Barnes

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the dilemma today’s parents face as they prepare their children for college during these tough economic times. The author describes the suite of consulting and test prep services that are almost obligatory to ensure that our children have the best chances of gaining admission at selective colleges. Just as we’ve heard the saying “you never got fired for hiring IBM,” many parents previously overlooked the $1,000+ price tag of an SAT classroom course (we won’t name names :) without researching alternatives. That was then, this is now.

“My friends and I smugly tell one another that all we needed to be prepared for the SAT in the late 1970s were two sharpened No. 2 pencils. And campus tours? The first time I visited the University of California, Berkeley — one of two universities I applied to — was when I moved there. But that was about three decades ago.”

While parents today will not (and should not) abandon the notion of test prep for their children, they are no longer willing to secure such services without regard to cost and without due diligence. This is where ePrep comes in and takes center stage. We at ePrep have built a company around the notion of delivering premium test preparation products and services directly to students of all income levels through the power of online video. Uncontroverted studies show that ePrep’s learning model is significantly more effective than traditional classroom learning models. Yet, ePrep deliver’s its products and services at a fraction of the cost of classroom courses. As the economy weeds out companies with overpriced and inferior products and services, ePrep will continue its rise to the head of the proverbial class. Thanks for your participation.

Some Colleges Reject “Score Choice”

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comIt seems that Stanford and a few other colleges have rejected Score Choice — the College Board’s new policy that will allow students who take the SAT multiple times to send colleges only their best scores. Stanford’s Dean of admissions claims that Score Choice gives students who can afford to take the SAT several times an unfair advantage over those who cannot afford to do so.

Harvard University and The University of Chicago, among other colleges and universities, have accepted Score Choice.

A few thoughts:

1. It seems that Score Choice will make taking the SAT a less stressful experience for students. (In other words, it allows students to “have a bad day.”)

2. The College Board offers fee waivers for students with limited financial resources.

3. The ACT Corporation has always maintained a similar score-reporting policy.

College Gender Gap Affecting Women Applicants

Seamus Malin

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comPart of the admissions process requires that admissions officers select a demographically balanced student body. Ideally they have an already balanced applicant pool to select from. However this is not the case. (more…)

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