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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)

SAT Tip of the Day

Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoBetween & Among:

Use “between” when there are two actors and “among” whenever there are more than two. Examples follow:

Let’s keep this a secret between me and you.

Let’s keep this a secret among the three of us.

If you learn this lesson well, you will improve your writing and score higher on the SAT. Good luck!

Brits Claim ETS Employed Bartenders to Grade Test

Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoAccording to an article that appeared on www.nysun.com, ETS recently recruited hotel bar staffers to help grade standardized tests taken by thousands of English students. Read the article and decide for yourself.

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

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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.

New SAT Score Reporting Policy

Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoThe College Board recently announced that starting in 2009, high school students will be able to choose which SAT scores colleges get to see. I found the usnews.com article “Kids Can Pick Which SAT Scores a College Sees” by Lucia Graves interesting.

I hope we see the day when kids can report their best CR, math, and writing scores separately. I also hope we see the day when kids can go in and take CR, math, and writing tests separately (i.e., SAT-Subject-Test style).

Catch ePrep on Lifetime Television May 8th!

SAT
ePrep
The Balancing Act

Karl Schellscheidt and Eric Barnes will be appearing on The Balancing Act on Thursday, May 8th. The Lifetime Television show, hosted by Dr. Wendy Walsh, airs every weekday morning at 7:00 am (EDT). We hope you find the time to tune in and learn more about ePrep.

Anti-SAT Protest at UC Berkeley

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comAccording to an article that appeared on the website of The Daily Californian, a group of protesters marched through campus demanding the elimination of the SAT as factor in UC Berkeley’s admission process. The protesters claim that the test discrimiates against minority students, making it more difficult for them to compete for admission spots.

Whether the SAT really does discriminate against minority and/or low-income students, I am not sure. (I hope it doesn’t.)
Whether the SAT really does add nothing to the admission process at UC Berkeley, again, I am not sure.

There are, however, a few things of which I am certain:

1. The SAT does test mastery of subject areas (math, reading, and writing) that are critical for success in college and life beyond;
2. Success on the SAT requires the kind of problem solving and critical thinking skills that are generally rewarded in the real world; and
3. Public dialogue in generally a good thing. (That’s why I decided to share the article.)

SAT Tip: Re-Read the Question

Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep video

Nancy read 1/3 of a book on Monday, 1/2 of the book on Tuesday, and the remaining 60 pages on Friday. How many pages of the book did Nancy read on Monday?

(A) 360
(B) 320
(C) 240
(D) 160
(E) 120

The most popular wrong answer is (A). Why? A lot of testtakers go on “autopilot” when working on a problem like this. In other words, they get so absorbed in solving for B, the total number of pages in the book, that they forget the question: How many pages did Nancy read on Monday?

Why does this happen? It happens because students develop most of their problem solving skills in school, and on a typical in-school test or quiz, the final question to a problem like the one presented is likely to be, “How many pages are in the book?”

Thus, when practicing for the SAT, students should develop the habit of quickly re-reading the question before answering and moving on to the next question. It is likely to make a big difference.

Texas Company Fires Back . . .

SAT
Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoThe Texas-based SAT prep company that was recently sued by the College Board for copyright infringement filed a countersuit yesterday. It seems like someone has convinced Karen Dillard that her best defense is offense. I for one, however, am not convinced that the countersuit is anything more than posturing . . . but who knows. The only things I’m sure of are that (1) the attorneys on both sides will benefit the most and (2) all others involved will be worse off (in varying degrees).

To learn more about the countersuit click here for an article that appeared on dallasnews.com.

College Board Sues Texas-Based Test Prep Company

SAT
Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoThe College Board is alleging that a Texas-based SAT prep company vioated copyright law by obtaining and distributing a “pirated” version of the PSAT administered on October 17, 2007. (The adjective “pirated” is used by the College Board to refer to tests that have been unlawfully obtained and distributed.)

To learn more about this developing story click here for an article that appeared on DallasNews.com or click here for an article that appeared on Star-Telegram.com.

Because it is unclear whether some Texas teens got the pirated test before or after the October PSAT, it is impossible at this time to determine whether they had an unfair advantage in qualifying for National Merit Scholarships.

It is important to note that neither article indicates that any students from Texas knew they were being given a “live,” pirated version of the PSAT. Thus, is seems that the blame for any wrongdoing falls squarely on the shoulders of a handful of adults in Texas. (The adjective “live” is used by the College Board to refer to tests that have not yet been “retired” and made available to the public. Also, in case you didn’t know, the PSAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.)

Radio Commercial Review

SAT
Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoJust the other day, I heard a commercial on the radio about an SAT prep course. In the commercial, the company offering the course tried to distinguish itself from other courses in only one way: It boasted that, unlike the instructors of other courses, each of its instructors received between 40 and 60 hours of training before being “certified” to teach.
Call me crazy, but 40-60 hours didn’t sound like a whole lot to me, so I asked around a bit.

• Bank tellers (the people who deposit money and cash checks) receive around 80 hours of training before they are permitted to work independently.
• Grocery store cashiers receive around 40 hours of training, which includes instruction in etiquette and the technical aspects of operating a register.
• Public school teachers, like art teachers and physical education teachers, go through pre-certification academic programs that can take between 1 and 4 YEARS(!) to complete.
• Personally, I completed a two-year master’s degree program that included 6 months of supervised student teaching before becoming certified to teach in New Jersey.

Okay, I’m not crazy. Training college kids for only 40-60 hours before sending them out to teach SAT classes is a complete joke. There is no way I would leave the SAT preparation of my three children in the hands of some unknown person with a mere 40-60 hours of in-house training.

ePrep for the SAT provides students around the world with access to yours truly, an Ivy-League educated master teacher and proven SAT expert with more than 17 years of teaching and tutoring experience. It is not really like me to toot my own horn, but I am getting tired of one-dimensional entrepreneurs in the education space. Teaching should be left to teachers.

Thanks for indulging me as I speak my mind.

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