The Princeton Review
(TPR) is an American-based
standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company.
The Princeton Review operates in 41 states and 22 countries across
the globe. It offers test preparation for standardized aptitude
tests such as the SAT
and advice regarding
college admissions. Approximately 70% of the company's revenue
comes from test preparation
company was founded in 1981 by John
Katzman, after graduating from Princeton University, and is based in New York City.
It is not affiliated with Princeton
University or the Educational Testing
The Princeton Review offers test preparation courses for various
The company offers courses world-wide through company-owned and
. Countries with
Princeton Review franchises include China, India, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South
Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the
The Princeton Review offers both private tutoring and classroom
courses. Most courses and tutoring guarantee an improvement in
The Princeton Review Bookstore publishes various guides to
colleges, including The Best 371 Colleges
Complete Book of Colleges
, the Parents' Guide to
, College Essays That Make a Difference
Guide to College Majors
, and Guide to Colleges For
Students With Learning Disabilities
. It also publishes test
preparation books for various exams.
The Princeton Review website provides free advice and tools for
college admissions. It also provides the rankings from The Best
, including "Top 20" lists in categories such as
"Professors Get High Marks," "Happiest Students," "Party Schools,"
and "Dorms Like Dungeons."
The admissions division also offers services to high school
guidance departments and colleges.
Score Increase Claims
Test preparation providers, including the Princeton Review, have
been criticized in the past on the grounds that their courses claim
larger score increases than they deliver. Company officials reply
that individual students can see significant improvements in test
College rankings, including those published by the Princeton
Review, have been criticized by educators and commentators for
failing to be accurate or comprehensive. The Princeton Review
officials counter that their rankings are unique in that they rely
on student opinion and not just on statistical data.The American Medical Association
has criticized the Princeton Review list of Best Party Schools
and requested that the list be discontinued. The rankings for
-related lists have also been criticized as
inaccurate due to outdated methodologies.
Some teachers complain that teacher pay raises have been cut back.
The company responds that most employees are generally satisfied
with their jobs and enjoy their work, and that the Princeton Review
created separate levels of tutors to document the varying
experience levels and provide an opportunity for tutors to continue
to receive pay raises over time based on performance.
August 2008 data exposure
August 2008, The New York Times reported that a flaw
in the company's website exposed data from about 34,000 Sarasota,
Florida students to the web, including FCAT test
scores. In addition, names and birthdates of 74,000
County, Virginia students were exposed, as well as some documents
regarding Princeton Review's internal procedures.
being notified of the problem, the company acted immediately to
shut off access to the data and conducted a review of
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- Test preparation at the Princeton Review website
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- International Offices of The Princeton Review
at the Princeton Review website
- Our guarantee at the Princeton Review
- Princeton Review college bookstore
- Colleges and careers at the Princeton Review
- Best 371 Colleges rankings at the
Princeton Review website
- Guidance support & test preparation at the
Princeton Review website
- Admissions center at the Princeton Review
- John Hechinger. "SAT Coaching Found to Boost Scores -- Barely",
The Wall Street Journal, 20 May 2009.
- Valerie Strauss. "U.S. News’s College Rankings Face Competition and
Criticism", The Washington Post, 17 August 2008.
- End of Top Party School's Ranking?.
News. August 27,
2002. Retrieved on
- Shane Windmeyer. "Princeton Review’s Approach IS Outdated",
The Advocate, 13 August 2009.
- Stone, Brad. "Student Files Are Exposed on Web Site",
The New York Times, 19 August 2008.
- Michael Chandler. "Students' Personal Data Posted Online",
The Washington Post, 21 August 2008.