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

Akil Bello is a supplemental education and test-preparation expert with almost 3 decades of experience. Beginning as a proctor in 1990, Akil has worked at every level of test preparation from proctor to CEO, he has helped launch two companies, developed dozens of preparation programs for more than ten different high-stakes tests, trained hundreds of instructors, and helped thousands of students achieve success.

Before selling his interest, Akil was founding partner and CEO for Bell Curves, a test preparation company where he worked extensively to build community partnerships and programs. As an active member in his community, Akil routinely provides advice and workshops on test preparation and achieving educational success with limited resources. Some of the notable speaking engagements include the PhD Project Annual Conference, the Harlem Business Alliance 2013 Summit, Yale School of Management Explore Diversity Weekend, Graduate Management Admissions Council Annual Conference, KIPP Schools Summit, and National Partnership for Education Alliance Annual Conference.

Akil returned to The Princeton Review from 2014 to 2018, first serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives and then as Director of Equity and Access, where his focus was on helping public schools, non-profit organizations, and community based organizations understand standardized tests and develop affordable solutions for their students.

Currently, Akil serves as a consultant to industry, working with a wide range of institutions and organizations providing analysis, developing programs, and delivering workshops about access to higher education, developing supplemental education programs and understanding admission testing. He’s consulted with test prep companies to build online prep programs and universities to train their staff. Akil resides in New York City with his beautiful wife and two amazing sons.


Here is a recent tweet from when I spoke at University of Illinois:


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


Interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:


The Test and the Art of Thinking


The Crush Podcast:


GMAT Workshop at Georgia Southern University: 


Harlem Business Alliance Summit – Presentation on Entrepreneurship


Presentation on SAT Prep for teachers in DC:


A few presentations I’ve done:


A few articles I’ve contributed to:

“The American education system is death by a thousand cuts for low-income and underrepresented students,” said Akil Bello, the founder of a test-preparation company, Bell Curves.

– The Chronicle of Higher Education: How the Wealthy and Well Connected Have Learned to Game the Admissions Process

Changes Announced to ACT Retakes: EdWeek and NY Times

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Admissions Activists Are Here to Make You Uncomfortable, College Board Bars Registrants Who Aren’t Taking New SAT for ‘Intended Purpose’

Washington Post: Why one testing expert says New York state’s ever-changing standardized testing program is ‘useless’

Vanity Fair:  Born on Third, Stealing Home, Paying Off the Ump: The Unhinged Greed of “Elite” College Cheats 

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

USA Today: SAT testing company to add ‘disadvantage’ score to some students’ exams

Politico: Crucial flaw remains in college testing process

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

Amsterdam News: The Lack of Black and Brown Students at Specialized High Schools

Inside Higher Ed: A New SAT, Making the Case for Test Optional, Donors Endowed Coaching Posts; Children Subsequently AdmittedMassive Admissions ScandalWhy Are the Wealthy More Likely to Get Extra Time on the SAT?How Much Do Millionaires Pay to Get Their Kids Into College?Fallout From Exposé About Transcript FraudShould Colleges Admit Students in Front of Cameras?

The Atlantic: New SAT, New Problems

Diverse Issues in Higher Ed: Ed Grants for AP Exams ‘More Pyrite than Gold”

Ed Week: SAT Scores See Slight Increase as Test-Taking Surges

WNYC: Stuyvesant Parents Association Dives Into Debate Over School Entrance Exam


Other things that exist online:

Newsweek mentioned me using tweets to find PSAT source passages.

Black Enterprise named Hashim and I “Entrepreneurs of the Week” click the tab for video

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

I was on NPR radio for all of 4 minutes.

Business.com interviewed me about entrepreneurship.

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:




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