College admissions scandal: a $ 1,000 hour-old SAT tutor says, "I'm part of the problem"

I was paid $ 1,000 by the hour to supervise students for the SAT. My students were admitted to universities such as Harvard, Princeton and MIT.Erica Olsen, who was admitted to Stanford after taking my SAT course, would have been one of the university students that this week has filed a class action against Yale and other institutions. for allegedly unjust admission practices amidst the biggest fraud scandal of admission to a college of history. (According to FOX News, Olsen is no longer involved in the lawsuit.) I'm part of the problem – my SAT preparation is only available to families who can afford it. Admissions to colleges favor the rich and still do. Affluent parents are willing to pay the price needed to help their child get into a good college.


Families spend thousands (sometimes millions) in private schools, sports leagues, extracurricular activities, summer programs, admission consultations, SAT tutors and much more in schools. hope their child will have an advantage when it will be time to enroll in the university. Usually, the money spent shows a return on investment. A student who completes a SAT preparation preparation course will improve their SAT score by about 200 points on average, which is often the difference between acceptance and rejection of the university. The sad reality that most universities do not want to face is that their admissions process is flawed. in this acceptance, to a certain extent, can be purchased. The recent fraud scandal on college admissions is only a more extreme version of what has been happening for decades: wealthy parents pay their children in the best universities. Of course, there is a difference between giving a benefit in life by means of a test preparation that still forces students to make an effort to improve their abilities, even with the best of them. 39, help, to give a bribe to a university sports coach admission conditions for your child.Most parents buy an admission by playing in the rules, but as we l 39; have seen this week, some are willing to break the rules. A completely titled, corrupt and, in some cases, illegal system exists among the richest. In 2012, dozens of high school students from Long Island were caught paying tutors of several thousand dollars for them to take the SAT on their behalf using fake cards. identity. In 2017, Chinese companies disclosed and sold SAT exams to wealthy parents and students before the test day. If you are looking for a fair and equitable solution, you will not be able to get admissions to universities. Injustice, cheating and lying will always exist in the college admissions area. However, the university admissions scandal led by William "Rick" Singer touched the country not only because of its size, but also because it would have involved well-known celebrities – Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. If the scandal involved only wealthy relatives without name, he would not receive half of the advertising he has. America loves the juicy stories of celebrity demolitions. American culture is also obsessed with the famous brands. What was the motivation of the dozens of parents involved in the scandal of lying, cheating and corrupting their children? They were obsessed with putting their kids in a reputable school, such as Yale or USC (my own alma maters). The best American universities have built such a cache in our minds that we often believe that attending a certain college will lead to a student's success. These schools have been so good at marketing their names, synonymous with success, that parents will do everything to ensure the acceptance of their children. Universities are the luxury marketing specialists par excellence. Their prices keep increasing without commensal value increase. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to solve the problem. Opponents of the test preparation lobby for universities to remove the SAT as a prerequisite for college admission; However, when Harvard receives 40,000 applications for 1,600 positions each year, they need a standardized way to quickly compare applications – and GPAs are simply not comparable in high schools. In addition, many universities that no longer need the SAT as part of the admissions process still award scholarships to their students based on high scores at the SAT. As a result, students who have not completed the SAT are charged a higher tuition bill.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX BUSINESS APPKhan Academy has tried to democratize test preparation by offering free SAT courses through pre-recorded videos, but this usually does not work as well as a live and experienced tutor guiding the students in their custom questions and their problems. Until there is a major shift in the paradigm of higher education, admissions to colleges will unfortunately favor the rich who can pay the price.Shaan Patel, MD, MBA is a perfect SAT marker and founder of Prep Expert, a test preparation company that offers SAT & ACT courses, private tutoring and admission advice. Shaan has entered into an investment agreement for Prep Expert on ABC's Shark Tank with billionaire Mark Cuban.