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  • Platinum Admissions Consulting

    • * Ideal for international students.
    • Includes everything in our flagship package and more.
    • Unlimited hours for up to 15 applications.
    • 5-day personal college tour with Admissions Counselor.
    • Year-long timeframe for maximum effectiveness.
    • Limited number of Platinum packages available per year.
    $24999

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  • Flagship Admissions Consulting

    • * For the application process.
    • 2-hour in-person strategy consultation.
    • Guidance with school selection and application submission.
    • Reviews/edits of all statements, essays, activities, and online applications.
    • Formal preparation for any applicable interviews.
    • Up to 30 hours of private admissions consulting.
    $6999

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  • Fast-Track Admissions Consulting

    • * Ideal for freshmen and sophomores preparing for the process.
    • Initial 2-hour remote strategy consultation.
    • Additional 3 hours may be used for a variety of purposes.
    • Advising on class schedule, extracurricular activities, and summer internships.
    • Edits of essays, Common App, and other student assets.
    • 5 total hours of private admissions consulting.
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  • Up To 30 hours Of Hands-On, One-On-One Consulting Services
  • Custom Consulting Plans For Each Student
  • World-Class Consultants With Consistent Ivy Results
  • Initial In-Person Strategy Consultation (We Fly To You)
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.

We currently offer three options for Admissions Consulting. The Platinum package is recommended for international applicants who often require more help through every step of the application process. This also includes a personal college tour.

Our Premium package is the most popular option available and a must for the application process. This will allow you to work with one of our Admissions Counselors through the application process and to tailor essays to each school. This package is also a must for graduate school applicants who need to work through multiple stages of the process, such as medical school applicants.

The Fast-Track package is an excellent option for freshman and sophomore students to receive expert advice prior to the actual application process. For seniors, this package may be used to make sure you are on the right path with the applications.

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 possible!

Our Admissions Director and Lead Counselor, Akbar Rahel, 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. He is completing a Ph.D. and has been 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.

He brings a lifetime of demonstrable commitment to student achievement. Among other accomplishments, he taught a student initiated course at U.C. Berkeley for four years and enjoys many years of private tutoring experience for standardized tests (including SAT, ACT, A.P., GRE and MCAT) . As an Admissions Counselor, he has advised 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, 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.

With our Premium package, your initial consultation and strategy session will take place in-person, and your Admissions Counselor will travel to meet with you! Although we are the fastest growing test prep company in the world, this is part of our commitment to provide highly personalized admissions counseling at a discounted rate. Depending on location, other meetings may be held in-person as well (Limitations may apply based on location and time).
Please see below a very small sample of applicants who worked with our Admissions Director. We keep the admissions counseling process personalized and confidential.

Applicant A

Met our Admissions Director prior to even starting high school. Our Admissions Director worked with Applicant over the course of several years, from the application process itself to choosing courses and preparing for standardized exams throughout high school. Although Applicant was ranked outside the top fifteen of their graduating class, they were still accepted to top colleges, including U.C. Berkeley and Columbia. Our Admissions Director subsequently helped Applicant with their Ph.D. applications and Applicant was accepted to an Ivy League, fully funded program directly out of college. (Undergraduate and Graduate/Ph.D.).

Applicant B

Was an international high school student in the Middle East and worked with our Admissions Director for over a year to prepare for standardized exams (including SAT, SAT II, and A.P. exams) and applications to a wide range of colleges. Preparation for exams entailed weekly updates, study strategies, and tips for tests. Acceptances included Georgia Tech, Brown, and M.I.T. (Undergraduate).

Applicant C

Was an older student who did not do well in high school and had a lot of familial responsibilities as a result of their mother’s poor health. But they were motivated to attend college and started community college. Still, in community college, Applicant had one semester of grades less than 2.0 and, consequently, a cumulative gpa of less than 3.0. After addressing deficiencies in their grades and focusing on various improvements, Applicant was accepted to several colleges. Acceptances included Pepperdine. (Undergraduate Transfer)

Applicant D

Wanted to attend a top law school but was concerned about their grades and LSAT scores (cumulative undergraduate gpa less than 3.3 and LSAT scores of less than 160). Applicant addressed deficiencies in their “numbers” and focused on various strengths in the personal statements and essays. Acceptances included the UCLA School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law. (Graduate/Law).

Applicant E

Graduated with a degree in Business Administration from a respected undergraduate institution. But they wanted to attend medical school upon reflection and after completing internships abroad. For this Applicant, a career in business was no longer appealing on an emotional level. Applicant was accepted to Columbia’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. After taking the MCAT and completing the program at Columbia, Applicant received help through the medical school admissions process as well. Acceptances included medical school at a prestigious U.C. school. (Graduate/Medicine).

Applicant F

Was an international high school student and worked with our Admissions Director for over a year to prepare for standardized exams (including SAT, SAT II, and A.P. exams) and applications to a wide range of colleges. Preparation for exams entailed weekly updates, study strategies, and tips for tests. Acceptances included U.S.C and Yale. (Undergraduate).

Applicant G

Applied to M.B.A. programs without any help and was rejected by every school. Applicant reapplied the following year after working with our Admissions Director and was accepted to U.S.C. (Graduate/M.B.A.).

Applicant H

Had already applied to three law schools when they decided to work with our Admissions Director on the rest of the applications. Their personal statement and essays were poorly drafted. Applicant worked to construct new statements and essays for the remaining law school applications. Applicant was rejected by all three law schools they had applied to without assistance. Acceptances included U.C.LA., Columbia, and N.Y.U. (Graduate/Law).

Applicant I

Was an older student in a bad marriage with two young children. They were concerned about their ability to financially support themselves after a divorce and wanted to attend pharmacy school. Although their gpa for the last two years of undergraduate was above 3.2, their science gpa barely met the minimum requirement for certain pharmacy schools and their cumulative gpa was less than 3.0. In addition to the application process, Applicant was advised to select and complete additional required coursework. Acceptances included Western University of Health Sciences. (Graduate/Pharmacy).

Applicant J

Was an international student and a Master’s candidate who wanted to attend a Ph.D. program in History or Near Eastern Studies. Applicant worked with the Admissions Director for over one year on the application process, from drafting emails to potential advisors to editing writing sample. In addition to the applications, our Admissions Director edited several graduate papers and Applicant’s M.A. thesis. Acceptances included Georgetown, University of Indiana, and Cornell (fully funded). Applicant also graduated from the M.A. program with distinction. (Graduate/Ph.D.).

Applicant K

Wanted to attend a top law school but was concerned about their lower cumulative gpa and LSAT score (161). Applicant addressed deficiencies in their “numbers” and focused on various strengths in the personal statements and essays. Acceptances included U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall). (Graduate/Law).

Applicant L

Was an international high school student and worked with our Admissions Director for over one year to prepare for standardized exams (including SAT, SAT II, and A.P. exams) and applications to a wide range of colleges. Preparation for exams entailed weekly updates, study strategies, and tips for tests. Acceptances included many prestigious colleges, such as Harvard. (Undergraduate).

Applicant M

Was a transfer applicant from a community college with less than a 3.4 cumulative gpa. Acceptances included U.S.C. (Undergraduate Transfer).

Applicant N

Moved to the United States from South Asia in their first year of high school. After attending one of our college admissions seminars, Applicant worked with our Admissions Director for over two years to prepare for standardized exams (including SAT, SAT II, and A.P. exams) and applications to a wide range of colleges. Preparation for exams included weekly discussions, study strategies, and tips for tests. Acceptances included Boston University and U.C.LA. (Undergraduate).

Applicant O

Was an older student studying language in the Middle East. Although they completed undergraduate with high grades, they lacked an M.A. degree and any record of publications.  Similar to all aspiring doctoral students, Applicant worked on multiple facets of the application process, from drafting emails to potential advisors to editing writing sample. Acceptances included the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. (Graduate/Ph.D.)

Applicant P

Finished their first year of law school at a top-50 school on the east coast. However, due to the health issues of a family member, Applicant needed to transfer to a west coast law school. But their first year cumulative gpa was less than 3.4. Applicant worked to address an average gpa and emphasize why transferring was important. Acceptances included U.C.LA. (Graduate/Law transfer).

Applicant Q

Was an older applicant who wanted to work as a Physician Assistant (P.A.). But their grades were not competitive and Applicant needed to complete some required coursework. Still, Applicant enjoyed significant work and volunteer experiences, and had overcome many personal obstacles in life. Applicant worked to complete required coursework in addition to all other aspects of the application process. Acceptances included two P.A. programs in California. (Graduate/Physician Assistant).

Applicant R

Was interested in pursuing a Master’s degree but wasn’t sure what type of programs aligned with their interests. Moreover, they had not prepared for the GRE in any way. Applicant worked to narrow and identify their intellectual interests and to prepare for the GRE and the application process. Acceptances included M.A. programs at Brown, Columbia, and N.Y.U. (Graduate/M.A.).

Applicant S

Immigrated to the United States in high school and completed their undergraduate in a social science. But they wanted to work as a pharmacist. Applicant worked with our Admissions Director to prepare for the PCAT exam and the application process (which included primary and secondary stages). Acceptances included the U.S.C. School of Pharmacy. (Graduate/Pharmacy).

Applicant T

Was a law school student who wanted to also earn an M.B.A. Although they lacked any significant work experience, Applicant worked to highlight strengths for a business program. Acceptances included the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. (Graduate/M.B.A.).

Applicant U

Wanted to attend a top law school but did not receive a very competitive score on their LSAT exam (less than 160). Applicant worked to address various weaknesses in their applications. Acceptances included U.C. Irvine. (Graduate/Law).

Applicant V

Was a Master’s candidate who wanted to attend a doctoral program. Applicant contacted our Admissions Director for revisions to their Statement of Purpose. Critical edits were made a day before some final applications were submitted. Acceptances included Princeton and U.C. Berkeley. (Graduate/Ph.D.).

Applicant W

Was a transfer applicant from a community college with less than a 3.3 cumulative gpa. Acceptances included several respected private colleges, including Loyola Marymount. (Undergraduate Transfer).

Applicant X

Wanted to attend graduate school to pursue their passion for social work. Applicant worked to address deficiencies in their application (such as gpa, length of time out of college, and gaps in professional employment). Acceptances included U.S.C. (Graduate/Social Work).

Applicant Y

Was a law school student at a respected program. But after earning extremely high grades their first year, they wanted to transfer to an elite, top-10 school. Acceptances included Yale. (Graduate/Law transfer).

Applicant Z

Was a high school student with competitive grades and standardized test scores. Still, their “numbers” and class rank were lower than many other students. Applicant worked with our Admissions Director to highlight various personal challenges in the personal statements and essays. Acceptances included Georgetown and U.C. Berkeley. (Undergraduate).

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to your student’s education we understand you will have lots questions when making a major decision like purchasing a one-on-one college consulting package.




  1. 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!

  2. How Much Are Your Packages?

    Our college consulting packages start at $1,499. Please call us for graduate school consulting pricing options.

  3. 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.

  4. Where Are Your Locations?

    "With our Premium package, your initial consultation and strategy session will take place in-person, and your Admissions Counselor will travel to meet with you! Although we are the fastest growing test prep company in the world, this is part of our commitment to provide highly personalized admissions counseling at a discounted rate. Depending on location, other meetings may be held in-person as well (Limitations may apply based on location and time)."

  5. What If My Child Misses A Scheduled Consulting Session?

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

  6. Here's A Question: "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.

  7. Here's A Question: "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.

  8. Here's A Question: "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.

  9. Here's A Question: "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.

  10. Here's A Question: "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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