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TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR NEW SAT, TEST PREP COMPANY OFFERS FREE BOOKLETS, SEMINARS, INFORMATION HOTLINE

 NEW YORK, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Students who want to bone up for the newly overhauled PSAT and SAT can get some free help in the form of free seminars, booklets and a toll-free information hotline provided by Kaplan Educational Center.
 The free services are part of a national information campaign that Kaplan has launched to inform the public about the new tests, which have been revised for the first time in 20 years. For more information students can call 1-800-KAP-TEST. Kaplan, which has 750 locations across the U.S., also offers comprehensive courses on these college entrance exams, which play an important role in college admissions.
 "There's tremendous anxiety out there about the new SAT, and everyone wants to know what the changes are about," explained Gregory Rorke, Kaplan president and CEO. "We introduced these services so that we could share our knowledge and expertise with students and parents."
 Students can attend free information seminars at Kaplan centers, local schools and other community locations. The seminars will cover the structure and content of the new exams, and will provide strategies and tips on how to prepare for them.
 Also available at no charge are New PSAT/SAT booklets which provide details on the tests and answer commonly asked questions about the recent changes. Students can also call Kaplan's toll free number (1-800-KAP-TEST) and speak to an SAT instructor about the changes or Kaplan's free services.
 The new PSAT will first be given in October 1993, the new SAT in March 1994. In most areas, students who take Kaplan's PSAT course can take the SAT course free of charge. Courses will tackle every aspect of the test, including the new changes.
 For example, Mr. Rorke points out that calculators will now be permitted on the SAT. "The key is knowing when to use one," he explained. "Sometimes it pays to use a calculator, and sometimes it doesn't. That's one of the many strategies we'll teach our students."
 Kaplan courses will also provide in-depth preparation for the new fill-in-the-blank math questions, the expanded critical reading section and the vocabulary questions, which will be presented in the context of a sentence or paragraph.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Gregory Rorke is available for interviews. Copies of New SAT booklets are available./
 /CONTACT: Melissa Mack of Kaplan Educational Center, 212-492-5849/


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