History of the SAT and ACT. SAT/ACT preparation has been around for a long time. In 1946 Stanley Kaplan started tutoring students in New York to do better on the SAT. Kaplan’s business prospered and eventually offered classes nationwide.
Princeton Review got into the act in the early ’80s, emphasizing “tricks” for “beating” the exam and advocating clever strategies to out-guess the test makers. Recently Princeton Review was accused by Kaplan of false advertising.