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Kaplan Test Prep's ACT® On Demand Course Wins the 2012 BESSIE Award for Best Test Preparation Website

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kaplan Test Prep's ACT® On Demand Course Wins the 2012 BESSIE Award for Best Test Preparation Website10:30 EDT Thursday, April 26, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Kaplan Test Prep's ACT On Demand course has been recognized as the top high school “Test Preparation Website” by The ComputED Gazette, as part of its 2012 Best Educational Awards (BESSIE Awards). The BESSIES, now in its 18th year, recognize innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Kaplan's comprehensive and interactive ACT On Demand course allows students to go at their own pace and on their own schedule with a personalized path through the curriculum, available 24/7. It is powered by Kaplan's exclusive Smart Track™ system, which analyzes student performance and prescribes a customized learning plan. Kaplan's ACT On Demand integrates focused content review, test-taking strategies, and the practice students need to achieve their target scores. It includes: a custom study plan based on their diagnostic performance; four full-length ACT practice tests; over 50 hours of engaging video instruction on every tested topic on the exam; step-by-step problem solving exercises; and more than 1,200 practice problems. 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. “Our goal is to provide students with the most effective, efficient and engaging test prep programs available by leveraging advances in technology and a growing body of research on instructional best practices, as well as feedback from thousands of students and parents,” said Justin Serrano, President of K-12 and College Prep, Kaplan Test Prep. “We're thrilled that The ComputED Gazette has recognized that our ACT on Demand course provides students with the best test prep to enable them to achieve the scores they need to get into their top college choices.” A record 1.62 million students from the class of 2011 took the ACT, which represented 49% of the entire U.S. graduating class. This is the second time this academic year that The ComputED Gazette has recognized Kaplan Test Prep for its pioneering technology-rich test prep programs. In October, Kaplan's SAT* On Demand course received an Education Software Review (EDDIE) Award as the top high school “Test Tool Website.” And earlier this year the National Parenting Center (NPC) awarded Kaplan's SAT on Demand course its Seal of Approval. In addition to ACT and SAT on Demand, Kaplan offers PSAT On Demand, also powered by the Smart Track system, to provide personalization for each student. Kaplan also provides test prep in the traditional classroom environment; via live, online instruction in its Classroom Anywhere™ environment; and private tutoring. Parents and students can choose the option that works best to fit their needs and schedules. About Kaplan Test Prep Kaplan Test Prep ( 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 90 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. *SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. PSAT/NMSQT is a trademark jointly owned by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product. None of the trademark holders are affiliated with Kaplan. Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO)Press:Russell Schaffer,