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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

ePrep Summer Camps in Princeton

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eprep test prep videoePrep summer camps are a bit different than traditional academic camps. How?

1. The Instructors: All ePrep camps will be taught by Karl Schellscheidt and Kathy Doyle. Both Karl and Kathy are Princeton University graduates (1990-Karl, 1993-Kathy) and career educators. When you sign up for most other summer camps, you have no idea who will be teaching the course. You might get lucky; you might not. If you live in the greater Princeton community, there’s no point in taking the chance.

2. The Online Component: When most other academic camps end, they end. Students are then left with months of nothing to do before the fall testing season. ePrep summer camps offer one week of intense in-person training. During the week-long camp, students are introduced to one of ePrep’s premium, video-based, on line study programs. Thus, ePrep campers continue guided preparation at their convenience for the balance of the summer and into the fall. In other words, ePrep continues to guide students right into September and October. No other summer program offers this advantage.

For more information on ePrep summer camps, click here.

ePrep Site Outage

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Early this afternoon, our server went down due to a error with our domain registrar, eNom. Fortunately, they have now fixed the problem and all site functions should be working properly. All of us here at ePrep apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and are looking at ways to prevent any further service outages.

Thanks for your understanding!

David Dean
Director of Technology, ePrep

Some Colleges Reject “Score Choice”

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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.

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