About Peter Schmidt
After a rewarding career as a professional performer and writer, I began coaching SAT prep at a family-owned firm in 1999. I found the combination of my formal education and theatrical experience to be an ideal formula for keeping students interested, involved and motivated. I subsequently received my certification as an SAT instructor from The Princeton Review before moving on to become Director of Academic Development at ScoreRite, a test preparation and tutoring company in Los Angeles.
In the summer of 2004, I returned to Allentown to begin my own business, PREPARE Test Preparation and Tutoring. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in the Lehigh Valley. I am looking forward to delivering the same high level of instruction and customer service to students in the Philly Metro area.
My Take On The SAT
As a student at Saucon Valley back in the Dark Ages, I didn't start thinking about college until the summer before my senior year! Today, high school freshman are elbowing their way into AP and Honors classes and cramming their after-school hours with activities, athletics and community service—anything to get an edge in the college application sweepstakes.
And exactly how do universities choose among the tens of thousands of hopeful but terrified candidates? While grades and extra-curricular activities are obviously important, standardized tests are the only truly objective way to compare Jane in Allentown to Joe in Anchorage. Thus, the SAT remains the critical variable in determining who gets accepted into Harvard, Lehigh and Penn State—and who does not.
The good news is that, while the SAT may be annoying and deeply flawed, it can be beaten. With PREPARE's help and a little hard work, students can dramatically improve their test scores in a relatively short time.