The Fat Envelope
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Here's a cautionary tale about believing what you read on the internet.  It just happens to be related to SAT prep, but the message applies to anything you come across online.  People can and will pretend to be anything, and they'll do it with the aim of taking your money.  On to the story...

An SAT tutor (and one of my Twitter colleagues), @PWNtheSAT, unearthed a press release naming one Harvey Manger-Weil the "Best SAT Tutor in America."  Since he'd never heard of him, he did a little digging.  Turns out Mr. Manger-Weil invented an organization which gave him a fake award.  In addition to his 30 years of experience as an SAT tutor, Mr. Manger-Weil also has 30 years of experience as a wedding photographer, songwriter/musician and benefactor of an orphanage in Ethiopia.  He's a veritable Renaissance man (NOT).  Maybe he's done these things, but given his proven lying ability, it's more likely he hasn't.  So what does he do?

Look a little farther and you'll find what his real business is...affiliate marketing.  Lowest of the low.  Slimiest of the slimy.  And take a look at this quote from that article. 

Despite charging top dollar for his services, Manger-Weil says, he’s “close being at capacity for what I can personally do” with this particular site—a fact that is prompting him to expand into video and more affiliate marketing.

It appears he got into SAT tutoring when Google clamped down on what affiliate marketers could do.  Not exactly his life's work, is it?  Maybe the guy is a decent tutor, but would you trust him with your future, not to mention your money?

In addition to Pwn's article linked above, here's a couple of other takes from Stacey Howe-Lott and Akil Bello.  All of these tutors take their jobs seriously and are worth your SAT prep dollar. Glad I'm on their good side, too :) 
What a crazy idea. There certainly are some plusses and minuses to being in an unregulated industry!
Comment By Brian, ACT test prep guy in Columbus At 11/29/2011 3:06 PM
I was beginning to doubt that it was possible to find
some good content for once, I am getting sick of the absolute drivel I come across on a daily basis, respect.
Comment By Jamieson At 4/18/2013 12:07 PM
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