Guest Post: The Future of the SAT – Inside Higher Ed

My favorite observer of the world of standardized tests, Akil Bello, is back with some thoughts on the at-home SAT.


Student Cheating at Issue as College Board Rolls Out Online AP Exams – Education Week

“Students are in a tough position, and to have been working towards a specific thing for so long and to have that be disrupted is angst-inducing,” Bello said. “So it’s incumbent upon those in power to ensure that disruptions are minimal and impact the least those in the worst position, and I don’t think the College Board has done that.”


“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 UncomfortableCollege 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 SATMaking the Case for Test OptionalDonors 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