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)

Last-Minute Help for the ACT

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eprep test prep videoIt’s a good idea to do some prep before the ACT, even if it’s last-minute.

At $69, ePrep’s Express ACT course may be just what you need.

Science: For students familiar with the SAT, the ACT’s Science section may come as a big surprise on test day. While the Science section is not terribly difficult, most students mismanage time the first time they try one. (To help with time management, skim the passages (one at a time) and quickly get to the related questions. The questions will only require that you refer back to, and fully understand, specific sections of the text. Thus, reading the entire passage in detail is not the best use of the time allotted.)

Math: The ACT math section is much more straightforward than SAT math. Unlike the SAT, however, the ACT covers more advanced topics like trigonometry. (Practicing before test day is a great way to refresh your memory on concepts you may have forgotten over the years and to learn essential topics that you may not have covered yet in school.)

Reading: The ACT Reading section does not include sentence completion questions like the SAT. The ACT Reading section includes only a series of passages with linked questions. Unlike the SAT passage based questions, however, some ACT questions go beyond reading comprehension. They require the test-taker to make decisions regarding the structure or function of specified portions of the text provided. (It’s a really good idea to expose your mind to these types of questions before test day.)

English: In concept, the ACT English section is much like the SAT Writing section. (Because the format is different, however, it would behoove you to take a practice test before you sit for a real ACT.)

Good luck on Saturday to all taking the ACT!

January 2009 SAT Scores

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college admissions expert advice from eprep.com
January 2009 SAT scores will be available online starting February 12th.

In order to access your scores, you’ll need your College Board user name and password. If you have them, CLICK HERE.

If you do not yet have an online account with the College Board, CLICK HERE to create one and access your scores.

If you’re not happy with your scores for any reason, CLICK HERE to learn about ePrep’s 300-Point Guarantee!

Good luck!

Princeton Summer Camps

ACT   SSAT   SAT
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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!

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

ePrep Launches ACT

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eprep test prep videoWell, the wait is over. ePrep has finally launched its ACT study program. For those of you how have been waiting, we really appreciate your patience. While the course took longer than expected to complete, we are very happy with the final product and are confident that it will help a lot of students eprep their way to a higher ACT score.

Good luck to anyone taking the ACT on February 7th.

ePrepping the January 24, 2009 SAT Test

Strategies   SAT   ePrep
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eprep test prep videoWe want to wish all our ePrep students best of luck on this Saturday’s SAT test. You should feel very confident based on the effort and practice you’ve put in over these past several months. Following the ePrep method of practice, grade and review (under simulated, test day conditions!) you are well prepared to take on the SAT.

You might consider reviewing our ePrep strategy session videos this week as a final preparation going into the test. Summarized below are links to many key video lessons focused on test taking strategies.

SAT Test Day: The Night Before and Morning Of
Real SAT Stories: Second Guessing on the SAT
SAT Directions: Optimize Your Time on Test Day
When to Guess on the SAT Writing Section
When to Guess on the SAT Critical Reading Section
When to Guess on the SAT Math Section
SAT Sentence Completion Questions: When to Guess?
Don’t Blame the Chicken Pox for SAT Math Mistakes
Approach to SAT Math Problems
Habeus Answer, or Show Yourself the Answer!
Mastering Your SAT Test Weaknesses
SAT Questions…Easiest to Hardest
Autopilot - Don’t Set a Course for a Lower SAT Score
A Lesson from a Course in Wills, Trusts and Estates
Bubbling: Avoid Mistakes in Your Answer Key
Please Put Down Your Pencil!
The Dreaded SAT Experimental Section

Additionally, we’ve included a link to our presentation (in PDF format) on “what to do the night before and the morning of the SAT test” right here: Webinar Presentation - Night Before the SAT

Best of luck on Saturday!

ACT Study Program

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eprep test prep videoI am excited to announce that the wait is nearly over. Within the next few days, ePrep will be launching the world’s first online, video-based, ACT study program. All of us at ePrep are very happy with the final product.

We are confident that students eprepping for the ACT will find their ePrep experience as rewarding as those who have chosen to eprep for the SAT.

If you are interested in taking the ACT, please check back in a couple of days.

Some Colleges Reject “Score Choice”

News   Admissions   SAT
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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.

How to Fill Out the PROFILE Form?

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We invite you to join ePrep’s partner, GetCollegeFunding.org, for a special webinar they’re hosting on Tuesday, December 30 that will walk you though everything you need to know about filling out the 2009/2010 CSS PROFILE form!

Register for the Webinar Here!

The 2009-2010 CSS PROFILE form is available. This form is used by about 200 colleges in order to qualify for financial aid. PROFILE schools include the 8 Ivy League colleges, Stanford, Duke, USC, MIT, Cal Tech, and the 5 Claremont Colleges. If your student is applying to at least one PROFILE school, you should complete this form. With the current economic downturn it’s more important than ever for families to submit their PROFILE forms as early as possible.

This WEBinar will walk you through Step-by-Step the process of completing and submitting the PROFILE form. You will see screen shots of the online process and learn valuable tips. Here are just a few of the topics that will be covered:

- Registration with College Board for the CSS PROFILE form
- How do these schools assess Home Equity?
- What information is required about other family members?
- Past and future income declarations
- Explanation of any “Special Circumstances”
- What are “Section Q Questions”?
- What is “IDOC” that is required by some of these colleges?
- What about the Non-Custodial PROFILE form for divorcees?
- What about trust funds and UGMA/UTMA accounts?
- Where do you enter 529 accounts?
- What about rental property?
- What about business owners and their company assets?
- What happens AFTER you submit the PROFILE form?
- and more . . .

Join Tom and Lawrene Bottorf, Founders of GetCollegeFunding, Inc. as they address all of these topics in a 90-minute interactive presentation. You’ll be able to ask questions via a “chat” format and receive answers real-time from them throughout the presentation.

And you’ll receive a link to the recorded WEBinar the day after so that you can refer to it as you’re completing your PROFILE form!

There is a $20 fee for this event.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Form?

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If you’re are college student applying for financial aid, you’re going to have to get through the FAFSA form. We invite you to join ePrep’s partners at GetCollegeFunding.org for a special webinar they’re hosting on Monday, December 29 that will walk you though everything you need to know about filling out the 2009/2010 FAFSA form!

2009-2010 FAFSA Form: Step-by-Step Instructions

Webinar Registration

The 2009-2010 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form will be available online January 1st, 2009. There are more changes on this year’s form than previous years. And with the current economic downturn it’s more important than ever for families to submit their FAFSA forms as early as possible.

This WEBinar will walk you through Step-by-Step the process of completing and submitting the FAFSA form. You will see screen shots of the online process and learn valuable tips. Here are just a few of the topics that will be covered:

- PIN application and retrieval
- FAFSA data entry
- Signing the FAFSA
- What financial aid becomes available as a result of the FAFSA?
- The FAFSA only handles 10 colleges?
- How do you submit the FAFSA before your ‘08 taxes are done?
- What about making changes or corrections?
- What’s the SAR and why is it important?
- Does home equity count “against” you?
- What about trust funds and UGMA/UTMA accounts?
- Where do you enter 529 accounts?
- What about rental property?
- Does an ex-spouse’s income and assets enter in?
- What about business owners and their company assets?
- What happens AFTER you submit the FAFSA?
- and more . . .

Join Tom Bottorf, College Funding Columnist and Founder of GetCollegeFunding, Inc. as he addresses all of these topics in a 90-minute interactive presentation. You’ll be able to ask questions via a “chat” format and receive answers real-time from him and the staff at GetCollegeFunding throughout the presentation.

And you’ll receive a link to the recorded WEBinar the day after so that you can refer to it as you’re completing your FAFSA form!

There is a $20 fee for this event.

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