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 Summer Camps

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eprep test prep videoePrep is hosting three summer camps in Princeton, New Jersey.

SSAT June 15-19
SAT June 22-26
ACT June 29 - July 3

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How to Eat for the Big Test

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college admissions expert advice from eprep.comTest Prep - How to Eat for Standardized Test Classes and the Test Itself

Getting ready for a standardized test can be an intimidating prospect. The goal in both your studies and testing should be to take all distractions away, including those grumbling in your tummy.

These days on the internet a quick search of ‘Brain Foods’ will pull up all kinds of wacky supplements and diets that profess to have the ability of supercharging your most important organ. But the real truth to eating for a serious test or test prep class is to keep it simple.

No Distraction, Remember?

The overall goal here is to ace that test. And as any good prep class will teach you, your goal should be to eliminate distractions. While it may be advisable to modify your diet, you certainly don’t want to make any radical changes that could give you an upset stomach or give you the need to go running to the nearest bathroom.

Your best bet is simply to eat some light foods which are already a part of your diet, but try to avoid anything heavy that will slow you down and make you tired.

Establish a Pattern

If you are going to make any changes, or incorporate foods that may encourage your brain to function at its max capacity, make the changes long before the test while you are studying. If you build a pattern of eating that corresponds to a pattern of study then there will essentially be no change once the real test comes around. This is a great way to program your body to respond mentally when certain foods are only associated with studying, like mints, which have been shown to increase brain function.
Beware of the Caffeine Crash

If coffee is part of your regular study regiment then by all means feel free to incorporate it into your testing regiment as well. Just be aware of two key factors that may affect you when it comes to coffee: 1) The Caffeine Crash. 2) The necessity of a bathroom.

Crashing down from a caffeine high could be the worst thing that could happen to you in the middle of a test, so remember to take it easy when juicing up. And that liquid is going to have to come out some time, so remember the second reason not to gulp the stuff down right before the big finale.

Snacks?

Last minute munchables are a good idea, but you don’t want to be Napoleon Dynamite and snack on a secret stash of tater-tots mid-test. For one thing what if the guy/gal next to you catches you and demands his/her fair share?

But seriously, snacking during the test is overall inadvisable. During most standardized tests you will be under time constraints, and you shouldn’t waste valuable calculating time by stuffing your face. However, snacking immediately before the test may be a good idea, particularly if it is going to be a long session like most standardized tests.

Nuts, fruit, and a little water are a perfect combo for this pre-test appetite quencher. And since studies show that mint is proven to increase brain function, you may want to include one to suck on during the test just in case.

This post was contributed by Katie Wilson, who writes about the top universities online. She welcomes your feedback at KatieWilson06 at gmail.com

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.

Princeton Summer Camps

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eprep test prep videoePrep will host 3 one-week camps this summer in Princeton, New Jersey. The camp schedule is as follows:

SSAT June 15 - June 19
SAT June 22 - June 6
ACT June 29 - July 3

For more information, visit ePrep’s Summer Camp Web Page.

One week could change your life!

A Parents Guide to SSAT Preparation

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eprep test prep video In this prepcast video, I will provide you with free SAT help and I will discuss how you as a parent can best help your child prepare for the SSAT. In particular, I address some issues to look out for when using the SSAT’s own study guide, entitled “PREPARING AND APPLYING
FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ADMISSION AND THE SSAT”.
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The SAT and SSAT Tests: “Speeded” vs. “Power”

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eprep test prep videoDo you know the difference between a “speeded” and a “power” test? Sounds kind of silly, right? You might even be asking what is the SSAT, which stands for The Secondary School Admission Test. In this prepcast, I’ll explain the difference and why it’s important to understand for you and your parents to understand, particularly in the case of the SSAT Test.
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SSAT Test Prep for 10th and 11th Graders

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eprep test prep videoThis is the fourth and final video focused on helping young students and their parents understand the basics of the SSAT test. What is the SSAT you ask? See the first SSAT video focused on 5th & 6th graders for the answer :) (more…)

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SSAT Test Prep for 8th and 9th Graders

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eprep test prep video This is the third of four (4) videos focused on helping young students and their parents understand the basics of the SSAT test. What is the SSAT you ask? See the first SSAT video focused on 5th & 6th graders for the answer.

Students in the 8th and 9th grades will take the “Upper Level” SSAT test, which is geared toward students in grades 8 all the way up to grade 11 (Junior Year). Thus, you can expect the test to be challenging. Join me in this video as I discuss what you can expect on the SSAT. –/>

SSAT Test Prep for 7th Graders

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eprep test prep video This is the second of four (4) videos focused on helping young students and their parents understand the basics of the SSAT test. What is the SSAT you ask? See the first SSAT video focused on 5th & 6th graders for the answer :) So here we go….SSAT Test Prep for 7th Graders: (more…)

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SSAT Test Prep for 5th & 6th Graders

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eprep test prep videoThis is the first of four (4) videos focused on helping young students and their parents understand the basics of the SSAT test. What is the SSAT you ask? The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is an examination required for applicants to many U.S. private secondary day and boarding (more…)

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