EP168 | SAT & ACT Resilience with Prep Expert Founder Shaan Patel

EP168 | SAT & ACT Resilience with Prep Expert Founder Shaan Patel

In this episode of Entrepreneur Perspectives, we feature Dr. Shaan Patel, founder and CEO of Prep Expert. Shaan, a Shark Tank success story, shares his insights on the SAT, ACT, and the broader implications of striving for excellence. Dr. Patel, a perfect SAT scorer and an entrepreneur funded by Mark Cuban, discusses the cultural and systemic challenges within the college admission process, the return of standardized testing, and the importance of resilience and self-motivation in academics and life.

SAT & ACT Resilience with Prep Expert Founder Shaan Patel highlights:

  • The debated fairness of the SAT and ACT exams, exploring access and cultural bias.
  • The stress and mental health impact of the college admission process.
  • Why standardized tests are making a comeback, with insights into recent decisions by Ivy League schools and major universities.
  • The phenomenon of grade inflation and its consequences on college applications.
  • Dr. Patel’s own journey from an average test scorer to achieving a perfect SAT score, highlighting the power of self-study and determination.
  • The significance of resilience, as shared in Nvidia CEO’s viral video on overcoming resistance.
  • Alternatives to traditional test prep methods and the future of standardized testing in a changing educational landscape.
  • COVID-19’s disruption to the educational sector and how Prep Expert navigated through the test-optional phase.
  • Dr. Patel’s personal fitness journey and how principles of self-discipline extend beyond academia.
  • Insights gained from Mark Cuban, emphasizing humility and adaptability in the face of entrepreneurial challenges.

About Dr. Shaan Patel:

Dr. Shaan Patel is not only the Founder and CEO of Prep Expert but also a board-certified dermatologist, bestselling author, and renowned SAT tutor. After transforming his own SAT scores from average to perfect, Dr. Patel embarked on a mission to help students nationwide achieve their college dreams, resulting in over $100 million in scholarships for Prep Expert students. His journey from aspiring medical student to successful entrepreneur and Shark Tank participant is a testament to the power of perseverance and innovation.

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Final Thoughts:

Whether you’re a high school student aiming for your dream college or an entrepreneur navigating the challenges of the business world, this episode with Dr. Shaan Patel offers valuable lessons on resilience, self-motivation, and the pursuit of excellence. Join us as we explore the intersections between education, personal development, and entrepreneurship in this conversation.

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