This is my bio and as bio it’s written in the third person, either that or I’m really really pretentious.

Akil Bello is a career test prep teacher and tutor who has spent 25 years helping people prepare for admissions tests. He has trained students for almost all major standardized tests, ranging from the SSAT and ISEE administered to elementary school students to the SAT and ACT for college bound students to the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT for graduate school admissions.  Beginning as a proctor in 1990, Akil has helped launch two companies, developed preparation programs for more than ten different high stakes tests, trained hundreds of instructors, and helped thousands of students gain admissions to the schools of their choice.

As an active member in his community, Akil routinely provides advice and workshops on test preparation and educational attainment. Some of the notable speaking engagements include KIPP Schools Summit, the NYSACAC Annual Conference,  DC Public Schools Postsecondary and Career Education Conference, Yale School of Management Explore Diversity Weekend, Graduate Management Admissions Council Annual Industry Conference, and National Partnership for Education Alliance Annual Conference, and other notable events.

Here are a few of my speaking engagements that have been recorded and live on the interwebs:



C3N SAT Prep from C3N DC on Vimeo.

A few presentations I’ve done:


A few articles I’ve contributed to:

Daily News Op-Ed: SHSAT test changes: Too timid to improve diversity

The Hechinger Report: Why the new SAT is not the answer

Inside Higher Ed: A New SAT

The Atlantic: New SAT, New Problems


Other things that exist online:

Back when I was under 40 I got a 40 under 40 award

Some folks interviewed me about entrepreneurship and Black Enterprise featured me and my brother.


Books I’ve contributed to or been mentioned in:

The Princeton Review Accelerated LSAT In-Class Casebook 2006-2007

Cracking the New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test

Cracking the GMAT

The Perfect Score Project


I wrote a thing about prepping for the LSAT: