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

March 1st SAT Scores

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eprep test prep videoTo access your March 1, 2008 SAT scores online, simply click here to access the College Board’s website. Good luck!

ePrep: New Features! New Programs!

For those who recently completed our Study Program Survey, thank you. We really appreciate your time and thoughtfulness. In response to your feedback, we will add the following features to each of our ePrep for the SAT study programs:

• An electronic scheduler that will pace you through your study efforts.
• An “optional” parental feedback mechanism. (Sorry, guys. A lot of your parents requested it.)
• Open forum webinars to discuss topics like scoring, pacing, guessing, and content mastery.
• Additional hand-graded essay opportunities.

To help make your purchase decision easier, we will also offer courses that are specifically designed and packaged for:

• The May 3, 2008 SAT – The ePrep Express Course;
• The June 7, 2008 SAT – The ePrep Pre-Summer Push;
• The October 2008 SAT – The ePrep SAT Summer Program, Travel Freely; and
• The October 2008 PSAT – The ePrep PSAT Summer Program, Travel Freely.

All proposed changes will be made within the next few weeks. If you are anxious to get started now, do not fret. Simply sign up for either the standard or premium edition of ePrep for the SAT. Both study programs will be automatically upgraded with the features listed above, at no additional cost, as such features are implemented.

In the meantime, keep working hard in school.

All the best!

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.

College Gender Gap Affecting Women Applicants

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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…)

Average SAT Scores Lowest in 8 Years

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eprep test prep videoThe College Board reported Tuesday that the high school class of 2007 had the lowest combined math and reading scores since 1999. Reading scores fell from 503 to 502, math scores dropped from 518 to 515 and the writing section saw a drop of 3 points from 497 to 494. All scores are out of a possible 800 points.

Why the drastic drop? The College Board — the firm that runs the SAT claims the test’s new redesign lead to lower scores, plus they say that an increased diversity in the pool of students taking the SAT is another reason scores took a tumble this year. In this vein they cite the following statistics: (more…)

SAT Firms Settle Scoring Error Lawsuit

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eprep test prep videoAccording to The Washington Post the College Board, the firm that runs the SAT test and NCS Pearson, the company that scans SAT answer sheets announced last Friday that they will pay nearly $3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the botched scores of thousands of SAT taking students. About 4,400 of the 500,000 students who took the test in October 2005 were affected by an answer sheet scanning problem. The affected students filed a lawsuit citing that they mistakenly received lower scores as a result of the scanning issue. Per the settlement, (more…)

SAT Vocabulary Building Options

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eprep test prep videoSAT Vocabulary Building Manga?

For SAT students that dread traditional vocabulary building techniques but love manga media, there is a new product on the market — the manga graphic novel edited to contain SAT vocabulary words. Take a popular fantasy book, rewrite it a bit to include SAT required vocabulary words and you have an academic twist on a manga story. (more…)

Relax. The SAT is Only a Test :)

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eprep test prep videoToday is May 6, which means the May 5th SAT is over! We wanted to share this hilarious YouTube video, entitled “I Hate the SAT”, which perhaps summarizes how most high school students feel about the SAT. You should also check out all the video responses and comments by other student who concur.

Be sure to congratulate yourself for all the hours of hard work you’ve poured into your SAT preparation. You can now take a deep breath and relax. Regardless of how you think you scored, please remember it’s just (more…)

A High School Junior’s Thoughts on the SAT

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college admissions expert advice from eprep.comToday we spotted this gem of an article by high school junior Angelia de Meistre regarding the SAT and college application process. With levity and wit, she sums up the bittersweet anticipation of taking the SAT and applying to college.

There is an intellectual thrill, which is somewhat akin to skydiving for the first time, in realizing that I have both the opportunity and responsibility to make decisions and perform on tests in a bid to gain acceptance into that perfect college that seemingly determines the outcome of my entire adult life.

Angelica has this advice to offer sophomores heading into the college application gauntlet:

My suggestion…. is to be sure to have your parents take many photos of you and display them prominently so when they think you’ve disappeared in your junior year, they’ll be reassured that you’re still alive.

Ivy League Admissions: Elite Colleges Becoming More Elite

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eprep test prep videoCollege acceptance letters were received this week by students across the country. For those academically elite students applying to “elite” colleges, their definition of “elite” was called into question. No longer is a 4.0 GPA and perfect 2400 SAT test scores a ticket into your college of choice. As the New York Times reported yesterday, “high school valedictorians were a dime a dozen” at Harvard, Yale and Princeton. “There’s a sense of collective shock among parents at seeing extraordinarily talented kids getting rejected.”

Here’s a look at the low acceptance rates of a few top schools:

Elite School Admissions Rates 2007

The rejection of top students does not diminish the importance of academic achievement and scoring high on the SAT. In fact, it points to the increased importance of high grades and SAT scores as a requirement to even be considered at top schools. The difference maker these days appears to be what Seamus Malin calls being “well-lopsided” - showing some particular passion that you can bring to that school’s freshman class. Mere resume building, it seems, doesn’t work anymore.

What You Can Learn from a Handyman

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eprep test prep video

While I’m pretty handy around the house and enjoy home improvement projects, I occasionally get myself in over my head. It is at such times that I call upon Kevin, a local handyman, to help me out. I have known Kevin for a couple of years now. He is a great guy and a talented craftsman.

What separates Kevin from other handymen, however, is that he is currently earning a masters degree in education. Yes, at the ripe old age of fifty, Kevin has decided to change careers. (more…)

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