Kaplan Test Prep Teams Up with the New York Knicks to Help New York Area Students in the College Admissions Process

Recent College Admissions-Related Events at the Knicks’ Poetry Slam and
College Fair Help Better Inform and Prepare Applicants and their Families

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Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Carina Wong, carina.wong@kaplan.com, 212.453.7571

New York, NY (November 21, 2011) – Continuing its mission to help as many students as possible succeed in the college admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep has teamed up with the New York Knicks by helping local students reach their target scores on the SAT, teaching them how to navigate the financial aid process, and showing them how to put their best foot forward in admissions.

At the Knicks’ Poetry Slam Competition and College Fair on October 10, attended by thousands of aspiring college students and their parents from across the tri-state area, Kaplan Test Prep led three well-attended workshops: “Paying for College Without Breaking the Bank,” “SAT vs ACT: Which test should you take?” and “How to Impress a College Admissions Officer.”  And during the spring and fall, Kaplan Test Prep will be providing its full full-length SAT Complete course to dozens of students who were selected by the Knicks organization.  Each Kaplan SAT course includes 6 comprehensive, 3-hour class sessions with personalized instruction, guided group work, independent practice, and activities designed keep the classroom experience dynamic and engaging.  The course also features Smart Reports™, which is essential in keeping both students and parents up-to-date on progress with performance reporting right down to the question level.

“Kaplan Test Prep is pleased to partner with the New York Knicks and Urban Word as part of our continuing efforts to make test prep and admissions know-how available to as many students and their families as possible,” said Justin Serrano, president, K-12 and college prep program, Kaplan Test Prep.  “Students who are well-informed about all aspects of the admissions process, from how to score high on the SAT and ACT to how to pay for school, make the most successful college applicants, so we encourage all high school juniors and seniors to attend our other year-round series of events.”

For a list of onsite and live, online Kaplan Test Prep college admissions events, including free practice tests, visit www.kaptest.com/college.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com), a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams.  Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

About Urban Word

Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC™ (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. UrbanWord NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature and hip-hop. UW provides FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round, and hosts the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NY Knicks Poetry Slam, local and national youth slams, festivals, reading series, open mics, and more. UW works directly with 15,000 teens per year in New York City alone, and as a steering committee member of the National Youth Spoken Word Coalition, has partner programs in 45 cities. UW also has a vigorous community educator and teacher training series which links inquiry-based classroom practices with the most progressive academic trends in student-centered pedagogy.

Urban Word NYC believes that free self-expression – matured in an enhanced critical literacy environment – improves self confidence and strengthens educational achievement for NYC’s inner city youth. We promote active literacy, critical thought, and positive social dialogue across boundaries of age, race, class, gender, culture, and sexuality. Our many workshops are designed to enhance critical thinking skills, leadership, and to ignite a personal commitment to growth and learning which leads to heightened in-school performance, and greater interest in pursuing higher education.

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