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 supplemental education and test-preparation expert with almost decades of experience. Beginning as a proctor in 1990, Akil has worked in 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.

Akil was founding partner and CEO for Bell Curves, a test preparation company where he worked extensively to building 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 standardize 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:

The Test and the Art of Thinking



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

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

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


Other things that exist online:

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.

Newsweek mentioned me using tweets to find PSAT source passages


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: