Kaplan Test Prep To Hold Its First Live, Online ACT® ‘Prepathon’ on Saturday, March 25 to Help Aspiring College Students Get Ready for Test Day

Visit www.kaptest.com/prepathon to Register

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Press contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (March 16, 2017) – Kaplan Test Prep will hold the industry’s first-ever free, live, online ACT Prepathon on Saturday, March 25, between 12 PM ET and 6 PM ET to help students get ready for the April 8 Test Day. This innovative prep event will feature live expert instruction from some of Kaplan’s most highly rated teachers and its open format will allow students to come and go as needed, staying for whatever amount of time they feel is valuable for them. During every 60-minute or 30-minute segment, a Kaplan instructor will coach participants through different content areas of the ACT: Reading, English, Math and Science. Students will be able to ask questions in the chat and receive responses in real-time, engage with instructors, and interact with peers. They are encouraged to share their experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #ACTPrepathon.

Kaplan is the exclusive, official partner for live, online prep for the ACT test.

“We know from working with tens of thousands of high school teens annually that successful test prep relies not only on practice and teaching good strategies, but also on the interaction that comes from engaging instruction from outstanding teachers,” said Cailin Papszycki, director of college admissions programs, Kaplan Test Prep. “While the Prepathon is not a substitute for comprehensive studying, it will give ACT preppers the opportunity to hone their skills, build their confidence, and enjoy the excitement of a live event in the process. Participants can count on our expert instructors demystifying some of the ACT’s hardest question types to help them earn every point they can on this high stakes exam.”

Nearly 2.1 million students—close to two-thirds (64%) of graduating seniors—from the class of 2016 took the ACT, an all-time high. Results from Kaplan’s most recent college admissions officers survey show that nearly half (49%) report more applicants submitting ACT scores compared to previous years, with 63% of this subset describing the increase as “significant.”*

While this is Kaplan’s first prepathon for the ACT, its recent free, live, online prep events for the SAT® and PSAT® attracted tens of thousands of enthusiastic students. Among the comments and quotes from participants included:

  • “I had a ton of fun learning I wish you guys were my actual teachers on a daily basis. THANK YOU. Love everything :) ;)”
  • “Thank you all. The 6 hours were well worth it. Glad I stayed for the whole thing.”
  • “Just wanted to say kudos to everybody who has worked hard to make this run smoothly and to teach all of this to us!”
  • “You all have made these 6 hours a lot of fun!”
  • “WHOO! Thanks so much! Everyone helped me feel super prepared!”

For journalists wanting to arrange an interview with one of Kaplan Test Prep’s ACT experts, please contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com. To register for the event, go to www.kaptest.com/prepathon.

*For the 2016 survey, admissions officers from 374 of the nation’s top national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities – as compiled by U.S. News & World Report – were polled by telephone between July and August 2016.

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About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 100 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses.  Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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