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Overview

Prep Expert offers elite college admissions counseling for undergraduate, graduate, and international applicants.

We offer a highly personalized, confidential process where you work directly with an expert Admissions Counselor for every component of an application, from the initial strategy sessions to interview preparation. We work with applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including applicants who may have significant weaknesses that need to be addressed in an application.

In order to make admissions consulting more affordable, our prices are well below market rate for experienced Admissions Counselors.

Our services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advising on class schedule, extracurricular activities, and summer internships.
  • Creating timeline for all standardized tests in accordance to individual needs.
  • Strategizing for the application process (such as for letters of recommendation).
  • Selecting the right schools to submit applications.
  • Reviews/edits of all statements, essays, resumes, and online applications.
  • Preparation for interviews.
  • Advising on acceptances and financial aid offers.

Our mission is to help get you get accepted to the best school(s) possible!

Platinum Admissions Consulting

$13,999

Move beyond our flagship package for extended guidance and private tutoring with our most senior instructors at discounted rate.

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  • Everything in the flagship package, plus…
  • 1-hour consultation with Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert!
  • 15 hours of private gold tutoring for help on standardized tests.
  • 20 additional hours of private, one-on-one admissions consulting (50 total hours).

Akbar Rahel, Esq., Admissions Director

Highlights of Experience

  • 20 years college admissions consulting for undergraduate and graduate admissions
  • 15 years tutoring (including for SAT, ACT, AP, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT)
  • 7 years litigation
  • 6 years teaching at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington (as an Instructor and Teaching Assistant). Near perfect teacher evaluations from students
  • 3 years of doctoral program completed (coursework in diverse disciplines, including anthropology, history, political science, international studies, and multiple languages)
  • American and international students have won over $15,000,000 in merit scholarships

Akbar is an attorney, teacher, tutor, and Admissions Counselor with two decades of proven experience successfully advising students from a diverse range of backgrounds for acceptance into the best schools in the world. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.

His multidisciplinary experiences as a teacher with overwhelmingly positive student evaluations, former litigator with a top twenty global law firm, and director of an admissions counseling firm enables him to provide a perceptible competitive advantage to students who seek to establish themselves beyond the ordinary. As a doctoral student, he was awarded many highly competitive scholarships and grants, including Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships from the U.S. Department of Education in multiple languages and a research grant from the Law and Society Association.

He brings a lifetime of demonstrable commitment to student achievement. Among other accomplishments, he taught a student initiated course at U.C. Berkeley every semester for almost four years and enjoys many years of private tutoring experience for standardized tests and writing. As an Admissions Counselor, he advises students throughout their high school career in addition to the actual application process. He also works with graduate applicants applying to a wide range of programs, such as law, medicine, business, doctoral, master’s, and pharmacy. Success-measured by acceptances-is achieved at every level, and his students are regularly accepted to the best universities, including Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton, and Georgetown.

Akbar’s expansive and multicultural skill sets (including deep analytics, critical thinking, writing and administrative understandings) helps develop each student’s unique personal narratives in order to gain admission to the best schools. There are very few admissions experts with his level of knowledge and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is The Structure Of Your One-On-One College Consulting Package?

Prep Expert offers elite college admissions counseling for undergraduate, graduate, and international applicants. We offer a highly personalized, confidential process where you work directly with an expert Admissions Counselor for every component of an application, from the initial strategy sessions to interview preparation. We work with applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including applicants who may have significant weaknesses that need to be addressed in an application. Our mission is to help get you get accepted to the best school possible!


Who Are Your Consultants?

Our Admissions Director enjoys almost two decades of experience working with undergraduate, graduate, and international applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He worked as an attorney in litigation for many years while leading a successful college admissions counseling and tutoring company. His students are regularly accepted to the best universities, including Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Georgetown.


What If My Child Misses A Scheduled Consulting Session?

Please visit our Terms for all applicable information about missed consulting sessions.


I already spent money on a test prep course for a standardized test. Is it worth it for me to spend an additional amount on college admissions consulting?

Absolutely! The application process is complicated and requires an experienced counselor who truly understands the application process. Considering many different factors, such as the long-term salary potential of graduates of more prestigious programs, money for an experienced Admissions Counselor with Prep Expert is an extremely minimal investment in both your professional and personal future. After conquering a test with Prep Expert, the next step is to prepare the best application possible.


I have excellent grades and very high standardized test scores, and believe I am capable of writing a personal statement on my own. Do I need any help?

For almost 20 years, our Admissions Director has worked with some of the best and brightest applicants, including graduate applicants from Ivy League colleges who also scored in the 95th to 99th percentile on standardized tests (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and others). Experience has shown that even the brightest applicants write poor personal statements and piece together average applications. The fact is that constructing a compelling application requires special insight and expert admissions counseling.


Why should I work with Prep Expert?

Experience, personalized attention, and results. Our Admissions Counselors enjoy an unparalleled track record of results, and an incredible range of professional and academic experience. All of this amounts to the most elite admissions counseling available anywhere in the world at half the price.


I thought that an applicant’s GPA and standardized test scores are all that matters for an admissions committee. Do personal statements and essays even matter?

Absolutely! For applicants who have high grades and test scores, the application process is critical to securing admission to the best school possible. Many applicants with high grades and test scores end up at lower ranked schools because their personal statement and overall application is deficient. For applicants whose numbers are below average, the application can serve as a force for admission. There are numerous applicants who meet the numerical cutoffs set by an admissions committee at both the undergraduate and graduate level. This means that admissions decisions will be based on a careful reading and discussion of the essay (s) submitted by an applicant.


After signing up Prep Expert, how will I work with an Admissions Counselor?

Prep Expert has a unique, multi-step approach to collaborating with an applicant in order to strategize and construct the most compelling application possible. Our Premium package includes at least one in-person meeting (within the United States) and careful planning to place an applicant in the best light possible before an admissions committee. You will be in constant and direct communication with an expert Admissions Counselor.

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