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. 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 served 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.
As an active member in his community, Akil continues to support families, schools, and organizations by providing workshops on test preparation and achieving educational success with limited resources. A national presence in educational access and advocacy, he is frequently quoted in the press, a contributor for Forbes, and was featured in two documentaries, The Test and The Art of Thinking and Netflix’s Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal. A highly sought after speaker, Akil has recently delivered keynote addresses for the 2019 IACAC conference, IECA 2020 conference, and the 2020 COSUAA conference.
Akil attended an HBCU and ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree from a university in Brooklyn.