Education Advocate. Test Preparation Expert.
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. After leaving, 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.
Currently, Akil serves as Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement at FairTest, where he works to build resources and tools to ensure that large scale assessment tests are used responsibly and transparently to benefit students. Akil attended an HBCU and ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree from a university in Brooklyn.